Esa-Pekka Salonen says he will spend more time in Los Angeles

Esa-Pekka Salonen says he will spend more time in Los Angeles
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

If you happen to catch Esa-Pekka Salonen and his family going about their daily routines on Los Angeles' west side in the coming months, you're not experiencing a time warp effect.

Salonen, the former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has made London his primary home in the past four years, serving as the principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra.


In a recent interview, Salonen said that he will be spending more time in L.A. starting in September. He said all three of his children are attending school in the United States and that he is limiting his conducting engagements to five months a year.

Salonen will continue to conduct with the Philharmonia and to appear as guest conductor with orchestras around the world. In October, he will lead the L.A. Philharmonic in a series of concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Salonen, 55, is also an active composer who indicated when he stepped down in 2009 that he wanted to devote more time to writing new music.

He served as music director of the L.A. Philharmonic for 17 years starting in 1992, and currently holds the title of Conductor Laureate with the orchestra.

Salonen has three children with wife Jane -- Ella, Anja and Oliver. The latter two were born in L.A. during Salonen's tenure as music director of the L.A. Philharmonic.