Salonen named conductor laureate

L.A. Phil honors music director

Los Angeles is not yet ready to let go of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Sunday just before his last concert as music director with L.A. Phil, board chairman David Bohnett with prexy and chief exec Deborah Borda announced his appointment as conductor laureate, a first in the 90-year history of the org.

“Salonen’s tenure has been extraordinary not only for its longevity but for its legacy,” Borda said. “Esa-Pekka has literally shaped the orchestra into the ensemble we know today.”

Salonen said, “This organization has been at the very center of my musical life for 17 years. I am very proud and honored that they would even consider me for such a prestigious title and it gives me great pleasure to accept.”

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