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San Francisco Symphony Names Esa-Pekka Salonen As Its Music Director

In a surprise move, the orchestra announced Wednesday that it is bringing composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen aboard as its music director, beginning in September 2020.
The Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Source: Andrew Eccles

In a move that is astonishing much of the classical music world, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announced Wednesday that it has appointed Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen as its next music director, beginning in September 2020.

The 60-year-old Salonen is already a well-known and widely loved name in California and far beyond. and exciting orchestras in the U.S., which he then led into an iconic, Frank Gehry-designed new home at the Walt Disney Concert Hall — a venue that cemented the orchestra's hopes of becoming "."

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