|Salonen - conductor with a good sense of humour|
"Finns place great value on words, which is reflected in the tendency to say little and avoid 'unnecessary' small talk. They are better at listening than at talking."
From "The Guide to Finnish Customs and Manners" by professor Olli Alho
Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen confirms what the professor wrote:
It is OK to take your time. Being a Finnish person, things can be quite slow so it took me seven years to talk to my wife for the first time. We've been married for 22 years now, so it was worth the wait.
The quote is from the BBC page "Esa-Pekka Salonen: 10 tips to becoming a conductor".
Salonen could have added one more tip: A good sense of humour (which he always has displayed)