Leonidas Kavakos performs the first concert in Beethoven sonatas cycle at the Vienna Musikverein
Published: 25 October 2012
Leonidas Kavakos played the first concert in his cycle of the complete Beethoven sonatas at the Vienna Musikverein on October 15, with Emanuel Ax as his partner. The cycle at the Musikverein continues through the 2012/13 season, with the remaining two concerts in February and April 2013. Kavakos’s debut recording on Decca Classics of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas, with pianist Enrico Pace, is widely anticipated and is due for release in January 2013.
At the start of October, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome featured Leonidas Kavakos in a special series 'Focus Kavakos', during which he performed four concerts - an all-Beethoven recital with Enrico Pace, a concert of chamber music with soloists from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in a programme of Bach and Beethoven, and two symphonic concerts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in which Kavakos conducted Schubert’s Symphony No.9 ‘The Great’ and a first half of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 and Symphony No.34.
Following his great success as conductor/soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Dijon at the end of September, a programme which included Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony and Schubert’s ‘The Great’, Kavakos makes his conducting debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Helsinki Music Centre on October 24 and 25. The programme opens with Kavakos playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 and then Kavakos conducts Haydn’s Symphony No.83 ‘The Hen’ and with Schubert’s ‘The Great’ once again in the second half.