”Esa Pietilä´s concerto ”Graffiti Play”, which we premiered together, sounds like if Frank Zappa and György Ligeti had married themselves and had gotten a child together” Esa-Pekka Salonen

“Great musician, highly recommended”
– Risto Nieminen – Director, Music Service Gulbenkian Foundation


Esa Pietilä is a saxophonist, composer and improviser operating with multiple musical genres. He has appeared as soloist for orchestras, with solo saxophone performances, various small ensembles and projects on classical contemporary music and jazz.



New Solo Saxophone album released

Esa Pietilä´s solo album Times & Spaces connects the acoustic expression of solo saxophone with live-electronics. The double album is a strong artistic statement and exploration into the world... Read more




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Excerpts from Pietilä´s concerto Graffiti Play

Samples from Pietilä´s concerto Graffiti Play for chamber orch. & contemporary jazz trio. The first performance of the concerto in oct. 2014 with Esa-Pekka Salonen & Avanti! Chamber orchestra