Esa-Pekka Salonen quits LA Phil.

The music director and cundoctor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that he will step down at the end of the 2008-09 season to devote more time to composing. According to Brian Drake, a French horn player and 28-year orchestra member, Salonen said he wanted to “go out at the top.” Salonen will be succeeded by a 26-year-old rising star, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel.