Esa-Pekka Salonen is the Artistic Director of the Baltic Sea Festival. His restless innovation has marked him as one of the most important artists in contemporary classical music. He is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The 2014/15 season finds him as the first-ever Creative Chair at the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich. His pieces Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics, and new compositions continue to be performed around the globe. In September 2015, the Karawane, Salonen's large-scale work for orchestra and chorus, was performed at the Baltic Sea Festival to great acclaim.
Valery Gergiev is Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the St. Petersburg State University. He established and directs festivals including the Stars of the White Nights, the Gergiev Festival (the Netherlands) and the Moscow Easter Festival. In 1997 following Sir Georg Solti’s death, Valery Gergiev took over the World Orchestra for Peace. In 2013 the maestro became head of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, founded on the initiative of Carnegie Hall in New York, and Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.