Philharmonia Orchestra – Esa-Pekka Salonen director – Pekka Kuusisto violin
Lumière et pesanteur Kaija Saariaho
Symphony no. 6, op. 104 Jean Sibelius
Concerto for violin and orchestra (Belgian première) Daniel Bjarnason
Symphony no. 7, op. 105 Jean Sibelius
The Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen will be heading the legendary Philharmonia Orchestra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his country's independence. The programme obviously features Sibelius, Finland's musical soul, and his fascinating Seventh Symphony, in one movement. The programme also includes contemporary music, so important to Salonen, who will be conducting Daníel Bjarnason's Violin Concerto. Performing as a soloist is the phenomenal Pekka Kuusisto, who hails from a distinguished family of Finnish musicians.