Leonidas Kavakos makes conducting debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Published: 26 March 2012
Leonidas Kavakos makes his conducting debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this month in concerts on March 27, 29, 30 and 31. Kavakos, who has appeared with the orchestra on numerous occasions as soloist, will open the programme playing and directing Bach’s Violin Concerto in D minor. Following Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre, he concludes the programme with Beethoven’s Symphony No.4.
In the preceding week, in another conducting debut, Leonidas Kavakos conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (concerts on March 22, 23, 24 and 25). Here he performed a programme of Mozart and Beethoven, playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 and conducting Mozart’s Symphony No.34, with a second half again of Beethoven’s Symphony No.4.
Leonidas Kavakos has a close relationship both with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and with Valery Gergiev. Earlier in March, he returned to the orchestra to play as Gergiev's soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto, a work that Kavakos has very much made his own. Concerts were in Amsterdam (March 16), Paris (March 17) and Brussels (March 18).