The year 2007 would prove to be something of a watershed for Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. He announced that after the 2008-09 season he would step down as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he had held since 1992, in order to devote more time to composing. He planned to continue an association with the orchestra as director emeritus, and he had already decided to work with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London as its principal conductor and artistic adviser.
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