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.

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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, Karawane, Salonen's large-scale work for orchestra and chorus, was performed at the Baltic Sea Festival to great acclaim.

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