As conductor and composer, Esa-Pekka Salonen is keeping classical music vital

UT San Diego
By James Chute
November 12, 2012

All Esa-Pekka Salonen wanted was for someone to fix the leaks in his house caused by an uncharacteristically wet Southern California winter. So he called a roofer. “He came to see the worst problem spots and said,’It’s actually not the roof that leaks, it’s the deck,'” recalled the former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “‘That’s why you get water in the garage. You have to call the deck man.'”