Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen to receive 2024 Polar Music Prize

Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will be awarded the 2024 Polar Music Prize on May 21 in Stockholm, Sweden. The second recipient this year is long-time music-industry mainstay Nile Rodgers.

Esa-Pekka Salonen is one of Finland’s most established conductors and composers. His dedication to redefining classical music in the 21st century has included working with top orchestras, opera houses and festivals worldwide.

He has previously conducted orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony.

The Polar Music Prize, founded by ABBA manager Stig Anderson in 1989 and considered one of the most prestigious awards in music, is bestowed annually upon one contemporary musician and one classical musician. Alongside Esa-Pekka Salonen, the 2024 award goes to songwriter, composer, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers. His career has included producing David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and co-writing Avicii’s “Lay Me Down.”

Salonen’s upcoming schedule also includes conducting the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra in spring 2024.