The 2014/15 season will be one of new encounters and of reaffirming established musical relationships for Lionel Bringuier as he assumes his position as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Throughout the inaugural season he will conduct a series of concerts in the orchestra’s home as well as an extensive European tour with Artist in Residence Yuja Wang, also performing works by the orchestra’s Creative Chair Esa-Pekka Salonen. Bringuier will return to guest-conduct several orchestras, including the Bamberg Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, plus the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, of which he was Music Director from 2009 to 2012.
Gustavo Dudamel is an untiring advocate of access to music for all. As a symphonic and operatic conductor, his music making on four continents continues to inspire audiences of all ages. Violinist by training, Gustavo Dudamel is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his contract has been extended through 2018-19, the orchestra’s 100th season, and is celebrating his 16th season as Music Director of the entire El Sistema project in Venezuela. The 2014/15 season marks the 40th anniversary season of El Sistema, a remarkable music education programme in Dudamel’s native Venezuela.
As both a lauded composer and a world renowned conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that has marked him as one of the most important contemporary artists in classical music. Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. His compositions Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics. He continues to write new works and his compositions are widely performed throughout Europe, the United States and around the globe.