Hailing from a variety of cultural disciplines, this remarkable group of eight artists, thinkers, and doers join Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony to forge extraordinary performances that break conventional rules and create unique and powerful experiences.

Nicholas Britell

Composer and Pianist

Three-time Academy Award-nominated, Grammy-nominated, and Emmy-winning composer, pianist, and producer Nicholas Britell is known for his critically acclaimed scores on feature films with Academy Award winning writer-directors Barry Jenkins and Adam McKay.


Julia Bullock

Classical Singer and Curator

Combining versatile artistry with a probing intellect and commanding stage presence, American classical singer Julia Bullock has headlined productions and concerts at preeminent arts institutions worldwide.


Claire Chase

Flutist, Educator, and Creator of New and Experimental Music

Flutist Claire Chase is a musician, interdisciplinary artist, and educator passionately dedicated to the creation of new ecosystems for the music of our time.


Bryce Dessner 

Composer and Guitarist

Bryce Dessner is a vital and rare force in new music. He has won Grammy Awards as a classical composer and with the band The National, of which he is guitarist, arranger, and co-principal songwriter. He is regularly commissioned to write for the world’s leading ensembles and is a high-profile presence in film score composition.


Pekka Kuusisto

Violinist, Musical Director, and Artistic Trailblazer

Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is artistic director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and principal guest conductor and artistic co-director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in the 2023–24 season. He is also artistic partner with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and “artistic best friend” of the Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic.


Nico Muhly

Composer and Multifaceted Collaborator

Nico Muhly writes orchestral music, works for the stage, music for film, choral music, chamber music, and sacred music. He has received commissions from the San Francisco Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, and Tallis Scholars, among others.


Carol Reiley

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur and Roboticist

Carol Reiley is an entrepreneur, computer scientist, and artificial intelligence roboticist. She is currently CEO of a healthcare startup and founded with Hilary Hahn. She is also a tech advisory council member for Harman Kardon, a World Economics Forum Young Global Leader, and a brand ambassador for Guerlain Cosmetics.


esperanza spalding

Jazz Bassist, Vocalist, and Undefinable Artist

esperanza spalding (a.k.a. irma nejando) is an eaabibacliitoti artist, trained and initiated in the North American (masculine) jazz lineage and tradition. Her work interweaves various combinations of instrumental music, improvisation, singing, composition, poetry, dance, therapeutic research, storytelling, teaching, restorative urban land and artist-sanctuary custodianship. 


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