Esa-Pekka Salonen: Jean Sibelius & Finnish Independence (TRAILER)

The Finnish independence movement was not straightforward. For it to succeed, cultural leaders like composer Jean Sibelius were needed to help bring people together and unite behind a common cause. The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, reflects on Sibelius’s role in the creation of a Finnish nation and identity.

A longer version of this film will preview at a special immersion day at Southbank Centre on Saturday 2 December called “What You Need to Know: Sibelius, the Arts, and Finnish Independence.” Book tickets today:

You can hear Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct the Philharmonia in Sibelius at our Finland 100 concert on Thursday 7 December:

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