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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 in 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.



Composer and Pianist

Julia Bullock

Classical Vocalist/Curator

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 Multifaceted Collaborator

Carol Reiley

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur and Roboticist

Esperanza Spalding

Jazz Bassist, Vocalist, and Undefinable Artist