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Introduction

The San Francisco Symphony is among the most adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the United States, celebrated for its artistic excellence, creative performance concepts, active touring, award-winning recordings, and standard-setting education programs. In the 2020–21 season, the San Francisco Symphony welcomed conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as its twelfth Music Director, embarking on a new vision for the present and future of the orchestral landscape. In their inaugural season together, Mr. Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony introduced a groundbreaking artistic leadership model anchored by eight Collaborative Partners from a variety of cultural disciplines: Nicholas Britell, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Bryce Dessner, Pekka Kuusisto, Nico Muhly, Carol Reiley, and esperanza spalding. This group of visionary artists, thinkers, and doers, along with Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony, have set out to explore and develop new ideas inspired by the Partners’ unique areas of expertise, including innovative digital projects, expansive and imaginative performance concepts in a variety of concert formats, commissions of new music, and projects that foster collaboration across artistic and administrative areas. Shaped by the dynamic partnership and shared vision of Mr. Salonen, the Collaborative Partners, and the Orchestra and Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony’s 2023–24 season reflects a spirit of collaboration, experimentation, and renewed dialogue through live music.

Tours

  • Nov 2016 - Nov 2016
    Asia

    Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor) Yuja Wang (piano) Dong-Hyek Lim (piano) Seoul Arts Center, Seoul | Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, Tainan | National Concert Hall, Taipei | SHOAC, Shanghai | NCPA, Beijing | Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka | Suntory Hall, Tokyo | NHK, Tokyo Programme 1: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 (Yuja Wang), Bright Sheng Overture to Dream of the Red Chamber, Stravinsky Le Chant du rossignol and Firebird Suite Programme 2: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 (Dong-Hyek Lim), Tilson Thomas Agnegram, Mahler Symphony No. 1. Programme 3: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 (Yuja Wang), Bright Sheng Overture to Dream of the Red Chamber, Stravinsky Le Chant du rossignol and Firebird Suite. Programme 4: Tilson Thomas Agnegram, Bruckner Symphony No. 7, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 (Yuja Wang) Programme 5: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 (Yuja Wang), Tilson Thomas Agnegram, Mahler Symphony No. 1 Programme 6: Bright Sheng Overture to Dream of the Red Chamber, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 (Yuja Wang), Mahler Symphony No. 1

  • Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
    United Kingdom

    Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor) St. Lawrence String Quartet (string quartet) Jeremy Denk (piano) Yuja Wang (piano) Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh | BBC Proms, London Programme 1: Schoenberg Theme and Variations Op 43b, John Adams Absolute Jest (SFSQ), Mahler Symphony No 1 Programme 2: Schoenberg Theme and Variations Op 43b, Henry Cowell Piano Concerto, Mahler Symphony No 1 Programme 3: Charles Ives Symphony 'New England Holidays' Decoration Day, Bartók Piano Concerto No 2, Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ‘Eroica’, Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major