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Friday 5 Oct 2018

Philharmonia announces new international partnership with Colburn School, launching a conducting programme led by Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Philharmonia is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Los Angeles' Colburn School to launch the new Negaunee Conducting Program led by the Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen.  

Salonen will develop a course of study in the school’s Conservatory of Music for a small, select group of aspiring young conductors, recruited from around the world. Up to three Salonen Fellows will earn an Artist Diploma in Conducting at Colburn, developing and honing their craft under Esa-Pekka Salonen's personal mentorship. 

Together, the Colburn School and Philharmonia Orchestra will establish significant real-world podium opportunities for the Salonen Fellows to lead the world-class Philharmonia in both its residency series and designated tour dates; work with Salonen as assistant conductors on Philharmonia Orchestra projects and connect more widely to the Orchestra's Emerging Artists programme and outreach projects. The opportunity to identify and work with outstanding young conductors in this visionary global programme with the Colburn School is a wonderful manifestation of the Philharmonia's mission and vision.

Esa-Pekka Salonen said, “I'm very excited to be launching the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn School. It's been a long-term hope of mine to develop something that offers hands-on experience for young conductors. What makes this special is the collaboration between the Philharmonia and the School, bridging the gap from Conservatory to professional music-making.”

Colburn School will seek applications through to December 2018, with live auditions for shortlisted applicants being held in the first quarter of 2019. The first formal class for the Fellows will begin in autumn 2019.

Details of the programme, including how to apply, can be found on the Colburn School website.

Esa-Pekka Salonen introduces the programme in the Philharmonia Orchestra's film