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Collaborative Partners
In their inaugural season together,
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony introduce a new artistic leadership model unique to the orchestral world, anchored by an extraordinary group of eight Collaborative Partners from a variety of cultural disciplines. This group of visionary artists, thinkers, and doers will join with Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony to embark on a future of experimentation by collaborating on new ideas, breaking conventional rules, and creating unique and powerful experiences.

Nicholas Britell

Composer and Pianist


Julia Bullock

Classical Vocalist/Curator with social consciousness at the forefront of her work.


Claire Chase

Flutist, Educator, and Creator of new and experimental music


Bryce Dessner

Composer and Guitarist


Pekka Kuusisto

Violinist, Musical Director, and Artistic Trailblazer


Nico Muhly

Composer and Multi-faceted Collaborator


Carol Reiley

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur and Roboticist


Esperanza Spalding

Jazz bassist, Vocalist, and undefinable artist