Esa-Pekka Salonen introduces the Philharmonia Orchestra for 2018/19

Esa-Pekka Salonen as been Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra, one of Southbank Centre’s four resident orchestras, since November 2006. In this short video the Finnish conductor introduces the orchestra’s 2018/19 season by asking what is an orchestra for, in our world as it is today?

Esa-Pekka Salonen introduces Philharmonia Orchestra's 2018/19 season


Whether you see the orchestra as a means of escape, a form of entertainment, or something to challenge you and make you think, the Philharmonia Orchestra's 2018/19 season brings to life works that offer you a chance to experience the incredible orchestral sound in your way.

The Philharmonia is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century and what we do is for everyone
Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor and artistic advisor

Between September 2018 and June 2019, the Philharmonia Orchestra gives over 40 concerts here at Southbank Centre, many of them free.

see the full programme