San Francisco SoundBox

with Yuja Wang, Nico Muhly & Esa-Pekka Salonen

Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly © Heidi Solander
Caroline Shaw
Caroline Shaw © Kait Moreno
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang © Norbert Kniat

A glimpse of the future

With their innovative »SoundBox« format, the San Francisco Symphony regularly transform their otherwise rather unglamourous rehearsal location into one of the city’s hottest concert venues. The orchestra invites the most creative minds in the contemporary scene to curate pioneering programmes with musical guests. After two performances in the Grand Hall, the orchestra’s members bring their Hamburg visit to a close by turning the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall into a »SoundBox«, accompanied by their chief conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the star pianist Yuja Wang.

The creative mastermind behind the evening is the American composer and pianist Nico Muhly, who has been working closely with the orchestra for many years. Alongside his own music, the programme also includes some of the most exciting contemporary composers, including his two compatriots Caroline Shaw and Billy Childs, and one work by Salonen. These are juxtaposed with composers such as John Dowland and Johann Sebastian Bach in a perfect combination of tradition and the future.


Mitglieder des San Francisco Symphony

Yuja Wang piano

Nico Muhly curator

conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen

conductor Ross Jamie Collins


SoundBox: Codes

Nico Muhly
Two Motets
Upright / aus: Useful Expressions

Peter Maxwell Davies
Fantasia on a Ground and Two Pavanes

Caroline Shaw

John Dowland
Time Stands Still / Bearbeitung von Nico Muhly

– Interval –

Thomas Adès
Les baricades mistérieuses

Johann Sebastian Bach
Preludio / aus: Partita für Violine solo Nr. 3 E-Dur BWV 1006

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Fog (Fassung für Ensemble)

Billy Childs
Prelude and Allegro / aus: Four Portraits für Cioline solo

György Kurtág
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Sonatine aus der Kantate BWV 106 »Actus tragicus«) / Bearbeitung für Klavier


Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen

Promoter: HamburgMusik

During your visit

Elbphilharmonie Plaza

A public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie

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Food and Drink

Before the concert and in the interval

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