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Leonidas Kavakos

Violin, Conductor
Léonie Sonning Music Prize Winner 2017 / Artist in Residence, Amsterdam Concertgebouw 2017-18 / Artist in Residence, Vienna Musikverein 2017-18

Leonidas Kavakos & Yuja Wang reunite for recital tour of Europe

28 November 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang reunite for a recital tour of Europe this month, starting with a concert at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg on 12 December 2017. Performing works by Janáček Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven and Bartók, the duo also visit Zurich, Antwerp, Geneva, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna's Musikverein and Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia in Rome before culminating at London's Wigmore Hall on 19 December.


Kavakos and Wang have collaborated regularly and released a critically acclaimed recording of Brahms Violin Sonatas in 2014. When the duo toured the US earlier in 2017, the LA Times wrote:


“The [Schubert] Fantasie began in appropriately ethereal realms. Wang made otherworldly tremolos and trills glitter like stars in the night sky. Kavakos’ tone has the character of striking high-grade silver sinew, ever beautiful, graceful and unbreakable, the ideal sound for Schubertean lyricism.”

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Tour round-up: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig anniversary tour with Leonidas Kavakos & Kirill Gerstein

21 November 2017

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The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig’s 275th anniversary tour with Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt has come to a close, after four weeks of performances in Europe and Asia. Intermusica toured the orchestra in London, Paris and Luxembourg at the end of October, and the final two dates of the tour in Taipei on 16 and 17 November. Soloists during the tour included Intermusica artists Leonidas Kavakos and Kirill Gerstein, and repertoire comprised works premiered by the orchestra throughout its long history.


As well as the orchestra’s 275th anniversary, celebrations were in order for three more special occasions: Blomstedt’s 90th birthday, Kavakos’s 50th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei.


The final concert on 17 November, with Kavakos as soloist, was streamed live to thousands of people on screens outside the concert hall in Taipei's huge Liberty Square.


Scroll down for reviews and photos from the tour, which was met with critical acclaim throughout.


"The chance to hear a special warmth of Brucknerian sound, too, from the Leipzigers, aided and encouraged by Blomstedt’s unusual mastery of transitions, in which new phrases, colours and tempi seemed to emerge naturally out of one another."
Guardian, five stars


"Beethoven’s Triple Concerto had a glorious solo group in the violinist Leonidas Kavakos, cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Kirill Gerstein; and the orchestra’s account of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, a work they premiered, was a revelation of the way a giant structure arises out of a succession of lyric moments."
Sunday Times


"One of the main pleasures of the Leipzig ensemble’s regular visits is the opportunity to hear it play music that has long been in its bones..."
Financial Times


"The astonishingly airy sound of the Gewandhaus, its sumptuous colors...Bravo, Maestro!"
Diapason

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Leonidas Kavakos plays Prokofiev with the Boston Symphony Orchestra & Andris Nelsons

16 November 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos ends the month in Boston, joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons for three concerts at the city's Symphony Hall on 30 November and 1 and 2 December 2017. Kavakos performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2, a concerto which he also performs with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra in February 2018. Click here to watch a 2013 performance of the concerto in St Petersburg with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.


Elsewhere in December, Kavakos reunites with Yuja Wang for a recital tour of Europe, visiting Zurich, Amsterdam, Geneva, Vienna, Rome and London.

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Intermusica brings the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig to Taipei for culmination of 275th anniversary tour with Leonidas Kavakos

02 November 2017

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The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig's 275th anniversary tour culminates this month as Intermusica tours the orchestra to Taiwan for two concerts at Taipei's National Concert Hall on 16 and 17 November 2017. Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt leads the orchestra in a programme full of works premiered by the orchestra throughout its long history. Intermusica's Leonidas Kavakos joins them to perform the Brahms and Mendelssohn concertos. The concert on 17 November will be streamed live to thousands of people on screens outside the concert hall in Taipei's huge Liberty Square.


The European leg of the tour, which also featured Kavakos playing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Kirill Gerstein and Gautier Capucon, was a huge critical and popular success, with a sold-out concert at the Barbican in London receiving universal praise:


"[T]he rewards of this live performance, in a hall that allows the ear to follow detail and interplay between the soloists so clearly, were captivating... And the chance to hear a special warmth of Brucknerian sound, too, from the Leipzigers, aided and encouraged by Blomstedt’s unusual mastery of transitions, in which new phrases, colours and tempi seemed to emerge naturally out of one another."
Five stars, Guardian


"Beethoven’s Triple Concerto had a glorious solo group in the violinist Leonidas Kavakos, cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Kirill Gerstein; and the orchestra’s account of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, a work they premiered, was a revelation of the way a giant structure arises out of a succession of lyric moments."
Sunday Times


"There is something immensely satisfying about listening to a performance of the piece given by 24-carat soloists working in perfect harmony with a top-flight orchestra and master musician as conductor."
Five stars, Bachtrack


Performances:


16 November
Brahms Violin Concerto
Interval
Schubert Symphony No.9 ‘Great’


17 November
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Interval
Bruckner Symphony No.7

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Leonidas Kavakos performs in recital in Barcelona with Enrico Pace

17 October 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos reunites with regular recital partner Enrico Pace on 2 November 2017 at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Kavakos and Pace perform a recital of Beethoven Violin Sonatas No.1 in D Major, Op.12 No.1, No.8 in G major, Op.30 No.3 and No.9 in A major, Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’.


Kavakos and Pace's partnership is long-established and highly successful. They previously performed in Barcelona in January 2017, when Bachtrack wrote:


"Without question, this was music making of the very highest order, in a hall whose bright and clear acoustic was perfectly suited to the style of performance."


Following this recital, Kavakos re-joins the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig's 275th annivesary tour for a concert in Budapest before travelling to Asia, where he performs the Brahms and Mendelssohn Concerti with the orchestra and conductor Herbert Blomstedt in Sapporo, Yokohama, Tokyo and Taipei.


While in Japan, Kavakos and Pace also perform recitals at Toppan Hall, Toyota Concert Hall and Saitama Concert Hall where the programme include Janáček, Schubert, Messiaen and Beethoven.

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Intermusica in Vienna: a weekend of music

13 October 2017

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From 14 October 2017 several of Intermusica's artists descend on Vienna for a weekend of performances across the city.


Leonidas Kavakos makes the first of two visits to the city this month on 14 October, when he gives the European premiere of Lera Auerbach's new violin concerto, NyX, with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra


15 October sees two Intermusica conductors performing. Lahav Shani conducts his first performance as Principal Guest Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker, leading the orchestra in a programme of Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mozart. Joshua Bell is the soloist, with a repeat performance the following day.


Also on 15 October, Leo Hussain returns to Theater an der Wien to conduct the house's new production of Wozzeck, which is directed by Robert Carsen and stars Florian Boesch in the title role. Performances continue until 27 October.


Later in the month, Leonidas Kavakos returns to the city alongside Kirill Gerstein for the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra's 275th anniversary tour, while Narek Hakhnazaryan performs chamber music at the Konzerthaus. Jesús López Cobos and Evelino Pido also return to the Wiener Staatsoper, leading productions of Donizetti L'elisir d'amore and Puccini Tosca.

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Intermusica tours the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig for 275th anniversary concerts with Kirill Gerstein & Leonidas Kavakos

08 October 2017

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Intermusica is delighted work once again with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig as they mark their 275th anniversary with a tour visiting some of Europe's finest halls. During the tour, the orchestra performs works it has premiered over the course of its long history, including music by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Bruckner.


Conducted by Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, who is also marking his 90th birthday, the tour also features Intermusica artists Leonidas Kavakos and Kirill Gerstein. Kavakos and Gerstein join the orchestra to perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, with Gautier Capuçon performing alongside them as cello soloist.


The tour begins with a concert at London's Barbican Centre on 22 October, where Blomstedt conducts the Beethoven Triple and Bruckner Symphony No.7. They then continue on to the Philharmonie de Paris for two concerts; on 23 October they give a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with soprano Hannah Morrison and baritone Michael Nagy, alongside Beethoven Triple Concerto and Schubert Symphony No.9 on 24 October, a programme they repeat in Luxembourg on 26 October.


The tour continues in November with performances in Japan and Taiwan.


Performances:


22 October: Barbican Centre, London
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Bruckner Symphony No.7 in E Major


23 October: Philharmonie de Paris
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45


24 October: Philharmonie de Paris
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Schubert Symphony No.9 in C Major


26 October: Philharmonie, Luxembourg
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Schubert Symphony No.9 in C Major

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Shostakovich for the Czech Philharmonic's season-opening concerts

05 October 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos joins the Czech Philharmonic and Jakub Hrůša for the orchestra’s season opening concerts on 19 and 20 October 2017. The concert on 19 October will be broadcast on Czech Television and and available on ARTE Together they perform Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1.


Kavakos is a noted performer of the concerto, releasing a critically acclaimed recording with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in 2015:


“In the Nocturne, Kavakos mesmerises the listener with the subtle poetry of his phrasing, and at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, delivers a hard-hitting manic account of the Burlesque.”
BBC Music Magazine


“[Kavakos] is an ardent, thoughtful champion, passionately engaged with the piece, always willing to explore the shadows and with a tone that can change from sweetly persuasive to white hot in an instant.”
Disc of the Week, CD Review, BBC Radio 3

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Leonidas Kavakos gives European premiere of Lera Auerbach's NYx: Fractured Dreams

30 September 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos gives the European premiere of Lera Auerbach NYx: Fractured Dreams, Auerbach's fourth violin concerto, on 14 October 2017 with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchesta conducted by Cornelius Meister.


The concerto was composed for Kavakos by Auerbach, and he said of their collaboration:


“Lera is a very special personality. What she says is extremely profound and very essential.. It’s a great opportunity to play something for the very first time, but I don’t like to commission for the sake of commissioning. You don’t know what kind of birth it will be: it could be beautiful, but it’s a risk. Some composers one just trusts: Lera is one of them.”


Kavakos premiered the work with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert last season and spoke to the New York Times alongside Auerbach. Click here to read the interview.

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2017 marked another highly successful summer for Intermusica's artists, who gave critically acclaimed performances at festivals all over Europe. Read a small selection of reviews below.


Brett Dean's Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June and was greeted with universal acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "the operatic event of the year", while in a five star review the Times wrote that “Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”


Lise Davidsen made a critically acclaimed UK operatic debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June. Described as possessing "one of the greatest voices I have ever head" by the Observer, Davidsen's debut was described as "one of those 'I was there' moments" by the Times.


Joshua Weilerstein made an "auspicious" debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and his sister Alisa Weilerstein in a programme of Rebel, Berlioz and Pascal Dusapin. Classical Source praised his "admirably prepared and presented" Symphonie fantastique.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra returned to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory on 22 July. This time, they performed Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by Strauss Metamorphosen. The Times called it “gripping stuff… an astonishing feat of concentration. With Nicholas Collon favouring speeds ranging from zippy to hair-raising, there was virtuosity all around the band too…an impassioned account of Strauss’s desolate but gorgeous Metamorphosen.”


The Pavel Haas Quartet made a stellar return to the Verbier Festival on 22 July, with Bachtrack praising the quartet for their "old-fashioned virtues of watchfulness, aural alertness and intense concentration... From the micro-perfection of its opening chord to an ethereally feathered final note, this was an Allegro con brio of unfolding joys."


Michel van der Aa was the Composer in Residence at this year's Lucerne Festival, with his works performed throughout the festival. The Luzerner Zeitung praised his "easy handling of current technological possiblities", while the Neue Zurcher Zeitung wrote that his "music theatre of beguiling opulence... might offer a view of the future of opera".


Mark Wigglesworth was joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99. The Sunday Times claimed that Wigglesworth demonstrated "the most authoritative conducting, instantly masterly, I’ve witnessed so far at these Proms, Bernard Haitink’s appearance apart. And Wigglesworth seems close to Haitink’s level... One knew all would be right about this account because Wigglesworth’s intensity was unanswerable.”


Sir John Eliot Gardiner had a busy summer, performing twice at the Proms as well as continuing the Monteverdi Trilogy tour at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Berlin festivals. His Proms performance of Berlioz La damnation de Faust with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique was described as "thrilling" by the Observer in a five star review, while the Salzburger Nachrichten praised the Monteverdi Trilogy performances at the Salzburg Festival: "The harmony and the symbiotic relationship of the performers and their conductor has reached a degree of perfection, which shows style, form awareness and playful freedom."


John Wilson gave two performances at the BBC Proms this year, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and his John Wilson Orchestra. This year, Wilson led the JWO in two critically acclaimed performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! on 11 August: "no conductor appreciates the importance of an orchestration’s inner voices like Wilson, or is more adept at caressing a countermelody without letting it get in the way." (Spectator)


Andreas Haefliger returned to the Edinburgh International Festival this year, giving an "inspiringly commanding" solo recital in August: "Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering." (Herald Scotland)


Also in Edinburgh, Richard Egarr led Iestyn Davies and the Academy of Ancient Music in two performances of Bach and Telemann. The Scotsman praised the performances, which were "delivered with a style and panache that lifted the notes clean off the page with their precisely pointed rhythms."


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® was presented at the Proms on 23 August in “an excellent evening of innovation” (Bachtrack), with a a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney presented alongside a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ from the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.  


Leonidas Kavakos reunited with Riccardo Chailly on 25 August, as Intermusica brought the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto, a performance which was praised for the "the way he made the music breathe and sing in lyrical, expansive paragraphs while remaining continuously alert both to subtleties of meaning and absolute directness of expression." (Guardian)


Kirill Gerstein continued his partnership with Semyon Bychkov on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1:
"[Gerstein] delivered the slow movement with improvisatory freedom and dazzled with crystalline virtuosity in the finale." (Daily Telegraph)

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Leonidas Kavakos releases Brahms Piano Trios with Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax

01 September 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos's new album of Brahms Piano Trios, recorded with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma, is released on Sony Classical on 15 September 2017.


The trio tour the US in February 2018, performing Brahms and Schubert in Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, East Lansing, Berkeley, San Diego and Los Angeles.


The album is Kavakos' third of works by Brahms, following his critically acclaimed recordings of Brahms Violin Sonatas with Yuja Wang and Brahms Violin Concerto with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

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Intermusica brings Filarmonica della Scala to the BBC Proms with Leonidas Kavakos & to Edinburgh International Festival

18 August 2017

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This August and September Intermusica brings Filarmonica della Scala, under its Music Director Riccardo Chailly, to the UK and Germany to perform at some of the most prestigious European summer festivals.


A concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 25 August 2017 will mark a much-anticipated BBC Proms debut, during which they will be joined by Leonidas Kavakos in a performance of Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The orchestra brings programmes featuring two of Respighi’s seminal Roman tone-poems, the Fountains of Rome and the Pines of Rome.


Two performances at the Edinburgh International Festival on 26 and 27 August will see the orchestra joined by Julian Rachlin in a performance of Bartók’s Viola Concerto, and by the Edinburgh Festival Chorus for Verdi’s Te Deum and Stabat Mater in the second concert.


The orchestra will also perform the choral works at the Berlin Festival on 13 September alongside Brahms’s Violin Concerto performed by Kavakos.

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Leonidas Kavakos: L'arbre des songes with Simon Rattle & the London Symphony Orchestra released on LSO Live

05 July 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos plays a starring role in the London Symphony Orchestra's latest Blu-ray/DVD, which is released by LSO Live on 7 July 2017. The recording, which features great works of 20th century French music, was recorded live in concert at the Barbican Centre in January 2016 and features Kavakos performing Dutilleux L'arbre des songes with the orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.


L'arbre des songes was composed between 1983 and 1985 and is based upon a process of continual growth and renewal. Dutilleux explained: "All in all the piece grows somewhat like a tree, for the constant multiplication and renewal of its branches is the lyrical essence of the tree." Kavakos' performance of the concerto was highly praised by the London critics:


"In Leonidas Kavakos’s slowly unfurling solo line, we heard all the unadorned intensity we have come to expect from this violinist."
Financial Times, January 2016


"… an astonishing variety of tone."
Times, January 2016


"Leonidas Kavakos was the soloist, superbly articulate and incisive, yet rapturously lyrical."
Guardian, January 2016


"…more eloquent than ever."
Arts Desk, January 2016


"The soloist Leonidas Kavakos played with soaring lyricism"
Telegraph, January 2016


Also included on the recording are performances of Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin and Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2, Dutilleux Métaboles and Delages Quatre poemes hindous with soprano Julia Bullock. 


The recording is available on Blu-ray and DVD from LSO Live - click here to purchase.

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Brahms for final concerts as New York Philharmonic's Artist-in-Residence

05 May 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to the New York Philharmonic this month for his final concerts as the orchestra's Artist-in-Residence, giving four performances at David Geffen Hall from 19 May 2017. The concerts are conducted by Alan Gilbert, his final performances as Music Director of the orchestra.


Kavakos joins Gilbert and the orchestra to perform Brahms Violin Concerto. The concerto is a core part of Kavakos' repertoire and he recorded it in 2013 for Decca with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester to great acclaim:


“Leonidas Kavakos’s account of the violin concerto is the finest to appear on disc in years. Fabulously poised with an exceptional dynamic range, Kavakos’s playing misses nothing, yet never draws attention to itself unnecessarily.”
Guardian


Kavakos' season as the New York Philharmonic's Artist-in-Residence began with his conducting debut with the orchestra in October and also included a recital with Yuja Wang and a Young People's Concert. In March he gave the world premiere of Lera Auerbach's new violin concerto, NYx: Fractured Dreams, of which Kavakos gave a "riveting" (New York Times) performance.

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The BBC announced the line-up for the 2017 Proms on 20 April 2017, and as ever Intermusica artists and orchestras play a leading role in the festival. Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC website, with select concerts broadcast on BBC television live or at a later date.


Simon Halsey’s Proms Youth Choir give the opening concert of the Proms on 14 July, performing John Adams Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.


Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm the Royal Albert Hall. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Rebel Les élémens – le chaos, Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Pascal Dusapin’s cello concerto Outscape, for which he is joined by his sister, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory at 7.30pm on 22 July. This time, they perform Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by an introduction from Tom Service accompanied by excerpts from Collon and the orchestra. The programme for the concert also includes Strauss Metamorphosen.


John Wilson makes the first of two appearances at this year’s Proms at 6.30pm on 25 July when he performs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Wilson, the orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor, leads the orchestra in a programme of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.9 and Holst The Planets.


Christopher Purves also makes two appearances at the Proms this year, with his first coming on 27 July. Purves joins Juanjo Mena, the BBC Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus to perform the London premiere of Mark Simpson The Immortal, an oratorio inspired by Victorian séances.


Mark Wigglesworth is joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at 7.30pm on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99.


Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem receives its European premiere at the Proms at 7pm on 30 July from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Xian Zhang, with Jacques Imbrailo performing as the baritone soloist. 


Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms on 2 August with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, this time for a late night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall at 10.15pm. Gardiner conducts his ensembles in a performance of cantatas by Bach and Schütz.


David Butt Philip joins Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the first Proms performance of Prokofiev’s cantata Seven, They are Seven at 7.30pm on 7 August.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner makes his second Proms appearance of the year at 7.30pm on 8 August, this time conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in a performance of Berlioz La damnation du Faust.


Lise Davidsen makes her debut at the Proms at 7.30pm on 10 August with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Davidsen joins the orchestra to perform Sibelius Luonnotar and extracts from Grieg Peer Gynt.


John Wilson’s second Proms appearance this year comes on 11 August when his John Wilson Orchestra returns for its annual concert. This year, Wilson leads the orchestra in two performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma!, at 2pm and 7.30pm.


Christopher Purves joins the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for a performance of Schoenberg Gurrelieder at 7.30pm on 19 August. Also performing are three of Simon Halsey’s choruses – City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català. Halsey also leads a Gurrelieder Proms Extra Sing Day at London Imperial College earlier that day.


Tim Mead returns to the Proms alongside John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for the third concert of the Proms’ Reformation Day at 7.45pm on 20 August. Mead follows last year’s Bach Mass in B minor with Bach St John Passion, singing alongside a cast that also includes Sophie Bevan, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook and Andrew Tortise.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® appears at the Proms at 7.30pm on 23 August, with a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ given by the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder alongside a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney.


Leonidas Kavakos reunites with Riccardo Chailly at 6.30pm on 25 August, as Intermusica bring the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos joins the orchestra for Brahms Violin Concerto, which is followed by Respighi Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.


Joélle Harvey returns to the Proms as Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart La clemenza di Tito comes to the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on 28 August. Harvey takes the role of Servilia, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Robin Ticciati.


Intermusica is delighted to bring the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko to the Proms at 7.30pm on 29 August. Petrenko conducts the orchestra in an all-Russian programme of Stravinsky The Firebird (1919 version), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 and Shostakovich Symphony No.12.


Kirill Gerstein continues his partnership with Semyon Bychkov at 7.30pm on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1.


The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra bring an all-Mendelssohn programme to the Proms this year from 1pm on 3 September. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the orchestra perform Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Symphony No.5


Ben Johnson joins Sakari Oramo, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for the Last Night of the Proms on 9 September. The Last Night begins from 7.15pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, and Johnson sings Kodály Te Deum.

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Leonidas Kavakos conducts Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven & Dvořák

15 March 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the end of the month to conduct them in concert at the Helsinki Music Centre on 29 March 2017. He conducts the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven Violin Concerto and Dvořák Symphony No.7.


Kavakos is building a strong profile as a conductor and recently led the New York Philharmonic in a programme of Bach, Busoni and Schumann at David Geffen Hall:


"Leading with no score, precisely signalling every entry, Kavakos obtained from his collaborators – not only the string players but the winds as well – the sweet, penetrating sound of his own Stradivarius.”
Bachtrack

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 

02 March 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia this month for three performances of Bartók Violin Concerto No.2 on 16, 17 and 18 March, conducted by Paavo Järvi.


He then travels to Turin to join Gianandrea Noseda and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, with whom he performs Brahms Violin Concerto. Kavakos gave a "special" (Classical Source) performance of the concerto recently in London with Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra:


"Kavakos gave a remarkable display of verve, nerve and iron control as he massaged the tempos back and forth, making the music seem brand new, effortlessly darting in tone between surging fire and whispered honey."
Times

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Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:


Renaud Capuçon performs sonatas for violin and piano by Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss at 11am on 22 July 2017 at the Église de Verbier with Denis Kozhukhin.


Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.


Sergei Babayn returns to the festival to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with Joshua Weilerstein and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 24 July.


Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.


The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.


Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.


Francesco Piemontesi returns to the festival on 26 July for a solo recital at the Église at 11am, performing a programme of Mozart, Liszt, Debussy and Schubert.


The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.


George Li gives a trio performance at 11am on 27 July with Daniel Lozakovich and Pablo Ferrandez at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein gives a solo recital at 11am at the Église on 28 July, performing works by Bach, Brahms and Liszt.


Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.


Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.


At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.


In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.


On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.


On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms. 


James Ehnes performs at the festival on 3 August, performing at the Église at 11am. He is joined by pianist Julien Quentin for a recital of works by Bartók, Elgar, Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns.


Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.


On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence. 

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Leonidas Kavakos gives world premiere of Lera Auerbach Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic

15 February 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos continues his season-long residency with the New York Philharmonic on 1 March with the world premiere of a new violin concerto by Lera Auerbach. The concerto was written for Kavakos, and he and Auerbach precede the performance with a talk on 28 February discussing the challenges and rewards of creating a new work, and the journey towards giving a world premiere.


Kavakos' residency began with four concerts in October, which also marked his conducting debut with the orchestra, and has also included a recital with Yuja Wang and a Young People's Concert. He gives four more concerts with the orchestra in May performing Brahms Violin Concerto.

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"A profound musical journey": Critical acclaim for Leonidas Kavakos & Yuja Wang's recital tour 

06 February 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang's latest recital tour culminated with a performance at Santa Barbara's Granada Theater on 13 February 2017. The tour began last month with a performance in Turin and also visited cities across Europe and the United States, including Paris, Düsseldorf, Madrid, Washington, New York and Seattle.


The duo's performances were greeted with widespread critical acclaim throughout the tour:


"An evening of the highest-level music making... one of the grand events of the season."
Washington Post 


"Kavakos’ tone has the character of striking high-grade silver sinew, ever beautiful, graceful and unbreakable, the ideal sound for Schubertean lyricism... In the Debussy, Wang emphasized the grave gorgeousness of the French composer’s harmonies, while Kavakos spun ever more exquisite silver."
Los Angeles Times 


"[Kavakos'] jaw-dropping virtuosity combined with a keen, probing musical insight... Kavakos and Wang dispensed with those difficulties and took us on a profound musical journey... I’ve never heard a performance so compelling and so illuminating, and the audience members who stayed were also clearly moved, judging from the whoops and standing ovation that burst out when Bartók’s musical roller coaster slammed to a halt."
San Diego Union-Tribune 


"[Kavakos] enchanted with a sensitive sound... an experience of perfect harmony between piano and violin."
Süddeutsche Zeitung 


“When two personalities complement each other so well, one can only applaud.”
Res Musica


“The violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the pianist Yuja Wang were celebrated with bravos at their concert in Tonhalle… a great evening. Wang was superb. And Kavakos throws breathtaking colours to the audience.”
RP Online

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Leonidas Kavakos embarks on major recital tour of Europe & the US with Yuja Wang

15 January 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos embarks on a major recital tour of Europe and the United States with Yuja Wang this January and February, beginning with a performance in Turin on 29 January 2017.


The programme for the tour includes Janáček Violin Sonata, Schubert Fantasia in C major, Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor and Bartók Violin Fantasia in C-sharp minor.


Kavakos and Yuja are regular recital partners, and their recording of Brahms Violin Sonatas, recorded for Decca in 2014, was widely acclaimed:


"A strikingly vibrant and expressive partnership. The collaborative spirit shown by Kavakos and Wang has you gripped from the word go."
Editor's Choice, Gramophone


“Quite magnificent … Kavakos is violinisticly impeccable, sustaining Brahms’s lines perfectly, with every note dead in tune … with deep intensity of feeling.”
International Record Review


During the tour the duo performs at major international venues including the Philhrmonie de Paris, Stockholm Concert Hall, Prinzregententheater Munich, David Geffen Hall New York and many others.


Full tour dates:


29 January: Auditorium RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin.
30 January: Philharmonie de Paris, Paris.
31 January: Feierabendhaus der BASF, Ludwigshafen.
1 February: Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf.
2 February: Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid.
4 February: Stockholm Concert Hall, Stockholm
5 February: Prinzregententheater, Munich.
7 February: The Music Center at Strathmore, Washington.
8 Feruary: David Geffen Hall, New York.
10 February: Benaroya Hall, Seattle.
11 February: Balboa Theatre, San Diego.
12 February: Segerstrom Center for the Arts Aaron Egigian, Costa Mesa
13 February: Granada Theater, Santa Barbara.

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Leonidas Kavakos gives recitals in Italy & Spain with Enrico Pace

10 January 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos reunites with regular collaborator Enrico Pace this month for recitals in Italy and Spain, starting at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan on 24 January 2017.


The duo then perform at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste on 25 January and at the Palau de la Mùsica Catalana in Barcelona on 26 January.


Kavakos and Pace perform a varied programme of works on the tour, including sonatas by Beethoven and Janáček in addition to Schumann Fantasia in C major.

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Leonidas Kavakos: Celebratory concerts in Copenhagen for the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2017

27 December 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos, the winner of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize for 2017, travels to Copenhagen for a week of performances from 10 January 2017. The prize is regarded as Denmark's highest musical honour, with previous recipients including Igor Stravinsky (1959), Yehudi Menuhin (1972), Miles Davis (1984) and Arvo Pärt (2008). Esben Tange, Chairman of the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation, commented:


"Leonidas Kavakos is one of the most expressive violinists you can hear today…He interprets the masterpieces for violin from Bach and Mozart to the classics of the 20th century with authority and with profound musical understanding. His strong personality, virtuosity and the honest, direct nature of his playing mark him out as an artist of rare calibre."


The week starts with a recital with regular collaborator Enrico Pace at Mogens Dahl Concert Hall, where the duo perform a programme of Janáček, Schubert, Messiaen and Beethoven. Kavakos is then officially awarded the prize at the Prize Concert on 12 January, which takes place at the DR Koncerthuset. Kavakos is joined by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fabio Luisi for a performance of three contrasting concerti: Bach Concerto No.1, Berg Violin Concerto and Brahms Violin Concerto. Kavakos then repeats the Brahms Violin Concerto in the final concert with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Luisi on 14 January.


As part of the celebrations, Kavakos also gives a public masterclass with violin students from the Danish Academy of Music on 13 January.

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Leonidas Kavakos embarks on European tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra

18 November 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos finishes the year with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, who joins for a European tour from 2 December 2016. Opening with four concerts in Budapest on 2, 3, 4 and 5 December, they perform Bartók Violin Concerto.


After the concerts in Budapest, the tour visits Frankfurt Alte Oper (6 December), Vienna Musikverein (7 December), Antwerp deSingel (8 December) and Zagreb Lisinski Hall (10 December).


Kavakos, Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra performed the concerto together at the BBC Proms in 2009:


"Romantic reverie was the key here in a reading which felt forever poised on the edge of dreams. Kavakos took his cue from the strumming harp, lyre-like at the start, lending the rapt opening theme an air of ancient fable. Feverish dances jolted us back to reality with smouldering trills and fiery arpeggios reminding us exactly where we were – deep in the Hungarian heartlands. But it was Kavakos’s miracles of fine shading that one took away from this performance, his stratospheric song blissfully duetting with celeste at the close of the slow movement like a fading memory."
Independent


Kavakos begins 2017 with the launch of a major recital tour with pianist Yuja Wang.

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Shostakovich with the Mariinsky Orchestra on tour in Switzerland

31 October 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos reuintes with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for four concerts in Switzerland, opening at the KKL Luzern on 14 November 2016. The tour then continues on to Zurich, Geneva and Berne.


Kavakos joins the orchestra to perform Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1, which they recorded together in 2015:


“Leonidas Kavakos and Valery Gergiev establish a partnership of equals from the outset … In the Nocturne, Kavakos mesmerises the listener with the subtle poetry of his phrasing, and at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, delivers a hard-hitting manic account of the Burlesque.”
Five stars, BBC Music Magazine


“[Kavakos] is an ardent, thoughtful champion, passionately engaged with the piece, always willing to explore the shadows and with a tone that can change from sweetly persuasive to white hot in an instant. It sounds as though Gergiev and his Mariinsky players are thrilled to be part of the performance.”
Disc of the Week, CD Review, BBC Radio 3


Kavakos performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 again later in the month, with the Brussels Philharmonic and Stephan Denève on 25 and 26 November.

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to London to perform Brahms Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra

27 October 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to London on 10 November 2016 to perform Brahms Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. The concert is conducted by Paavo Järvi, who is continuing his Nielsen cycle with the orchestra.


Kavakos is a noted performer of the Brahms concerto in concert and also recorded it with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester in 2013:


“Leonidas Kavakos played this work as if second nature, so supple, so lovingly sung ... and with his powerful, delightfully rounded tone, he was the perfect partner for the orchestra and its conductor.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung


“Leonidas Kavakos’s account of the violin concerto is the finest to appear on disc in years. Fabulously poised with an exceptional dynamic range, Kavakos’s playing misses nothing, yet never draws attention to itself unnecessarily.”
Guardian 


Before the concert Kavakos also appears live on Facebook, answering questions about the Brahms Violin Concerto. Watch on Kavakos' Facebook profile from 1.15pm

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Leonidas Kavakos: First performance as Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic

06 October 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos begins his season as the New York Philharmonic's Artist-in-Residence when he conducts four concerts with the orchestra on 20, 21, 22 and 25 October 2016. The concerts also mark his conducting debut with the orchestra. Kavakos conducts Busoni Berceuse élégiaque and Schumann Symphony No.2, and also directs and plays Bach Violin Concerto No.1.


Kavakos also leads one of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts on 22 October with a programme of J.S Bach, Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi.


Kavakos' residency with the New York Philharmonic includes two further concert periods with the orchestra, in addition to a recital with regular collaborator Yuja Wang.

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Leonidas Kavakos joins Enrico Pace for recitals in Spain & Italy

20 September 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos and regular recital partner Enrico Pace reunite this month for recitals in Spain and Italy, beginning in Barcelona on 4 October before continuing on to Cremona and Verona on 6 and 8 October 2016.


The programme in Barcelona for the recitals features an all-Beethoven selection of Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.6 in A major, Op.30, No.1, Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.3 in E-flat major, Op.12, No.3, Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.2 in A major, Op.12, No.2 and Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.7 in C minor, Op.30, No.2. In Verona the programme is Janáček Violin Sonata, JW.7/7, Schubert Fantasia in C major, D.934, Messiaen Thème et Variations and Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.7 in C minor, Op.30, No.2.


Kavakos and Pace previously recorded Beethoven Violin Sonatas for Decca Classics:


“The unrivaled elegance and beauty of Leonidas Kavakos’s sound would be reason enough to embark with him on a traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano, but it’s the probing musicianship he and the excellent pianist Enrico Pace bring to it that make the ride so thrilling. The conversations, arguments and flirtations between violin and piano that Beethoven writes into these sonatas are all rendered with spirit and impeccable taste.”
New York Times, December 2013

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Shostakovich in return to the Munich Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev

10 September 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev in two concerts on 24 and 25 September 2016.


Kavakos has been praised for his "stunningly assured" (Times) performances of the concerto, and he recorded a highly acclaimed interpretation with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra last year:


"Leonidas Kavakos and Valery Gergiev establish a partnership of equals from the outset … In the Nocturne, Kavakos mesmerises the listener with the subtle poetry of his phrasing, and at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, delivers a hard-hitting manic account of the Burlesque.”
BBC Music Magazine


“[Kavakos] is an ardent, thoughtful champion, passionately engaged with the piece, always willing to explore the shadows and with a tone that can change from sweetly persuasive to white hot in an instant.”
BBC Radio 3


The range of colour and depth of projection captured here is essential listening, a notable new recording of a much-recorded work.”
Classical Music Magazine, five stars

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Brahms with the China Philharmonic in return to Beijing

28 August 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to Beijing this month to perform Brahms Violin Concerto with the China Philharmonic and conductor Yi Zhang at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on 11 September 2016.


Prior to the concert in Beijing Kavakos conducts the Ensemble TIMF at the Tongyeoung International Music Festival in South Korea. The programme includes Mozart Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216 'Strassburg', Haydn Symphony No.83 in G minor 'The Hen' and Beethoven Symphony No.4 in B-flat major.


Later in the month, Kavakos travels to Taiwan where he performs Korngold Violin Concerto in D major with the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan and Shao-chia Lü on 16 and 17 September.

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Leonidas Kavakos, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes & George Li at Septembre Musical Montreux

26 August 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes & George Li all perform at Montreux’s Septembre Musical in September.


Both Kavakos and Trifonov join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit. Kavakos plays the Brahms Violin Concerto on 27 August, and Trifonov is soloist for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 the following evening, 28 August.


James Ehnes and George Li perform solo recitals. Ehnes performs Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas over two concerts on 29 August – his third and fourth performances of solo Bach in two days, after performing the programme at the Stresa Festival the day before.


On 1 September, George Li performs a programme of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt. The recital follows soon after his “sensational” (Herald) Edinburgh International Festival debut.


Septembre Musical takes place annually in Montreux and Vevey in Switzerland, featuring international orchestras and chamber music. It works in collaboration with the Verbier Festival Academy to highlight the next generation of artists.

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Brahms Double Concerto with Alexander Buzlov & the Verbier Festival Orchestra

01 August 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos joins Verbier Festival Orchestra and cellist Alexander Buzlov at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 1 August 2016 to perform the Brahms Double Concerto under the baton of Paavo Järvi.


The concert is Kavakos' last of the festival, and will be streamed live on Medici.tv.

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Leonidas Kavakos performs in chamber recital with Yuja Wang at the Verbier Festival

30 July 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos makes his second appearance at the Verbier Festival on 30 July 2016 when he joins Yuja Wang, Martin Fröst, Gautier Capucon, Roman Simovic and Blythe Teh Engstroem at the Salle des Combins at 7pm.


Together they perform a programme of Bartók Contrasts, Brahms Piano Trio No.1 and Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat minor.


The concert will be streamed live on Medici.tv.

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Leonidas Kavakos & Daniil Trifonov perform Smetana & Jesús López Cobos conducts Falstaff at Verbier

29 July 2016

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On 29 July 2016, Leonidas Kavakos joins forces with Daniil Trifonov at the Église de Verbier and Jesús López Cobos conducts Bryn Terfel in Verdi Falstaff.


Kavakos and Trifonov join cellist Gautier Capucon at 11am to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.


Jesús López Cobos joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm for a concert performance of Verdi Falstaff, with Bryn Terfel in the title role. 


Both concerts will be streamed live on Medici.tv.

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Leonidas Kavakos & Ning Feng star at the 30th Kissinger Sommer

09 July 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos and Ning Feng star at this year's Kissinger Sommer, which runs until 24 July 2016. Kavakos joins Valery Gergiev for the St Petersburg Closing Gala on 23 July, while Ning has featured throughout the festival.


Kavakos and Valery Gergiev are close musical partners and once again are joined by the Mariinsky Orchestra to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto at the Regentenbau at 8pm on 23 July. They played this concerto most recently at the Stars of the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg in June and will return to it in August, first at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan on 6, 7 and 9 August and then at the closing concert of the Mariinsky Theatre's new International Far East Festival in Vladivostok on 10 August


Kavakos has recorded the concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Riccardo Chailly to great critical acclaim:


“Leonidas Kavakos’s account of the violin concerto is the finest to appear on disc in years. Fabulously poised with an exceptional dynamic range, Kavakos’s playing misses nothing, yet never draws attention to itself unnecessarily.” Guardian, December 2013


Ning is a regular guest at Kissinger Sommer and in 2014 was the festival's Artist in Residence. His time at this year’s festival culminates in a recital with Igor Levit with whom he has often performed, most recently at Schubertiade last month. On 23 July at 4pm at the Regentenbau, they will perform sonatas by Ravel, Busoni and Beethoven.


The recital is the last of five concerts that Ning has participated in this year and in which he has covered a wide range of repertoire ranging from Beethoven String Quartet Op.132 and Schubert ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet with his own Dragon Quartet, to a late night performance of tango music.

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Leonidas Kavakos makes his Beijing debut with Enrico Pace

08 June 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos makes his Beijing debut on 22 June at the National Centre for Performing Arts. He will perform a recital with long-standing recital partner, pianist Enrico Pace.


Kavakos and Pace have performed together for many years including this season, which they began with a recital at the Lugano Musica festival in October. In February the duo performed recitals in Italy and Spain, and in May they performed the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in three concerts at the Dresden Music Festival, in the Palais im Großen Garten.


Leonidas Kavakos is an exclusive recording artist on Decca Classics, which began with a recording of the Beethoven sonatas with Enrico Pace.


His latest release, also featuring Pace, was released in April: Virtuoso presents some of the most characterful and demanding violin works ever written for the instrument, paired with a selection of beautiful and lyrical ‘encores’.


“These show-stopping virtuoso pieces push the violin (not to mention violinist) to the absolute limit, something the excellent soloist Leonidas Kavakos handles, and revels in, brilliantly.”
Gramophone, May 2016


“The unrivaled elegance and beauty of Leonidas Kavakos’s sound would be reason enough to embark with him on a traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano, but it’s the probing musicianship he and the excellent pianist Enrico Pace bring to it that make the ride so thrilling. The conversations, arguments and flirtations between violin and piano that Beethoven writes into these sonatas are all rendered with spirit and impeccable taste.”
New York Times, December 2013


Despite previous performances in China, including recitals in Shanghai Concert Hall with Enrico Pace, this recital will mark the first performance by Kavakos in the country’s capital city.


Kavakos travels on to Shanghai to perform Brahms Violin Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach on 25 June.

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Intermusica artists star at the 2016 Verbier Festival

Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2016 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. Set in the scenic mountain resort of Verbier, Switzerland, the festival draws the most respected names in classical music each year. See performance times, dates and venues below:


Benjamin Beilman appears in recital with pianist Alessio Bax at the Église de Verbier at 11am on 23 July, performing works by Beethoven, Ravel and Schubert.


Daniil Trifonov gives a solo recital at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 24 July. Trifonov performs a programme of Bach, Liszt, Schubert and Brahms.


Kristóf Baráti joins Benjamin Beilman and others for a chamber concert at the Église de Verbier at 8pm on 24 July, performing Fauré Piano Quartet No.2 and Enescu Piano Quartet No.2.


Baráti then performs two back to back solo recitals at the Église de Verbier Village on 26 July. At 11am, he performs Bach Sonatas for Solo Violin Nos 1, 2 and 3, and at 2.30pm he performs Bach Violin Partitas Nos 1, 2 and 3.


Daniil Trifonov joins forces with Leonidas Kavakos at the Église de Verbier at 11am on 29 July to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15 alongside Gautier Capucon. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor. 


Leonidas Kavakos then performs with Yuja Wang, Martin Fröst, Gautier Capucon, Roman Simovic and Blythe Teh Engstroem at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 30 July, playing a programme of Bartók, Brahms and Robert Schumann.


Jesús López Cobos appears with Bryn Terfel and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at 7pm on 29 July for a concert performance of Verdi Falstaff at the Salle des Combins.


Daniil Trifonov gives his third and final performance at the festival on 31 July, joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy at 7pm at the Salle des Combins to perform his own Piano Concerto.


Leonidas Kavakos performs the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alexander Buzlov and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 1 August.


George Li joins Emmanuel Krivine and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 6 August. Li performs as soloist in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2, in addition to Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 with Joshua Bell and Bizet Symphony in C major.


Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Verbier Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of Mozart Don Giovanni at 2.30pm on 7 August at the Salle des Combins. 


Visit Medici.tv for broadcast links to each concert. 

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Leonidas Kavakos & Gautier Capuçon join Nikolai Lugansky for European tour of Brahms Piano Trios

22 May 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos and Gautier Capuçon join pianist Nikolai Lugansky for a European tour of Brahms' first three piano trios from 5 June 2016.


The trio kicks off the tour on 5 June at the new Saffron Hall, where Kavakos began the 2015/16 season with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The trio continues on to another new hall, Paris’s Philaharmonie 1, where the concert on 7 June will be streamed live on live.philharmoniedeparis.fr and subsequently on Mezzo TV. The tour arrives at the Kölner Philharmonie on 8 June and culminates with two performances in Russia at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, on 10 June and the Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg on 11 June.


Kavakos remains in St Petersburg for a second performance at the festival on 13 June with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev.


Kavakos performs regularly with Capuçon and Lugansky (“Kavakos and Lugansky achieved something near perfection”, Guardian). He also performed the same Brahms trios with Yo Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax at the Tanglewood Festival 2015:


“Exquisite violin playing by Kavakos, who seems to pour his soul into the music, especially when he’s playing Brahms.”
Mass Live, August 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace bring Beethoven Sonata cycle to Dresden Musikfestspeiele

02 May 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace reprise their complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele on 16, 17 and 19 May 2016. The performances take place over the three evenings at the Palais im Großen Garten, culminating in the dramatic ‘Kreutzer’ sonata at the end of the third programme.


Kavakos and Pace have performed the sonatas around the world including in Shanghai Concert Hall, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and complete cycles at the Beethovenfest Bonn and Carnegie Hall. The sonatas formed Kavakos’s first release for Decca Classics in 2013, with whom he is an exclusive recording artist.


Of the Beethoven recording, the New York Times wrote:


“The unrivaled elegance and beauty of Leonidas Kavakos’s sound would be reason enough to embark with him on a traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano, but it’s the probing musicianship he and the excellent pianist Enrico Pace bring to it that make the ride so thrilling. The conversations, arguments and flirtations between violin and piano that Beethoven writes into these sonatas are all rendered with spirit and impeccable taste.”


In April the duo released their latest album, Virtuoso, which includes “showstoppers dispatched with brilliant elan” (Guardian), presenting some of the most characterful and demanding violin works ever written for the instrument, paired with a selection of beautiful and lyrical ‘encores’.

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Leonidas Kavakos: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra tour round-up

27 April 2016

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At the beginning of April, Leonidas Kavakos joined Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on a tour of North America. Kavakos played the Korngold Violin Concerto in concerts in Washington DC, Ann Arbor, Montréal and culminating at New York’s Carnegie Hall.


Read a round-up of reviews below, and visit Leonidas Kavakos’s Facebook page to see more of his photos and thoughts from the tour:


"Leonidas Kavakos, a commanding presence onstage, made light of every violinistic difficulty thrown his way and, happily, performed the work straightforwardly, choosing not to layer sweetness on sweetness.


As a palate-cleansing encore, Mr. Kavakos offered the Gavotte en Rondeau from Bach’s Solo Partita No.3, adding playful little turns and slides that seemed left over from the Korngold."
New York Times 


"Under the bow of the guest performer Leonidas Kavakos, roundness yielded to the attack and precision. Varying the speed with intensity and in perfect communion with the conductor, he laid on a sound just like his phrasing, flawlessly delivered with such a tenderness and great panache."
Journal de Quebec 


"This was a chance to hear the phenomenal virtuosity of Greek soloist Leonidas Kavakos"
La Presse 


"Kavakos had everything under control with ultimate nobility, in a concerto with many dangerous moments"
Le Devoir 


"A rich, warm tone in his violin’s middle and lower registers and extraordinarily immaculate intonation in the work's many stratospheric passages."
CVNC 


"Played with intense tone and an apt balance of clarity and romance."
National Post

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Intermusica artists join Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra for Prokofiev's 125th anniversary

09 April 2016

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Kristóf Baráti, Leonidas Kavakos, Denis Kozhukhin and Daniil Trifonov will come together across Russia on 23 and 24 April to take part in major Prokofiev celebrations marking 125 years since the composer’s birth, organised by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.


At 11.30am on Saturday 23 April, Denis Kozhukhin and Leonidas Kavakos perform Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1, respectively, in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall under Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky (more details).


At 3pm, Denis Kozhukhin and Daniil Trifonov appear alongside pianists Katya Skanavi and Iliya Rashkovsky to present Prokofiev Piano Sonatas Nos. 5 (Kozhukhin) and 1 & 3 (Trifonov) – more details.


9pm that evening sees Kristóf Baráti perform Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Gergiev and the Orchestra in St Petersburg in a concert which will be streamed live on Mezzo TV


On Sunday 24 April, at 1pm, Daniil Trifonov performs Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major alongside Gergiev and the Mariinsky (more details).


The celebration of Prokofiev continues all week in St Petersburg and Moscow.

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Leonidas Kavakos releases Virtuoso on Decca Classics

01 April 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos releases his latest recording on Decca Classics, Virtuoso, on 1 April 2016. The recording presents some of the most characterful and demanding violin works ever written for the instrument, paired with a selection of beautiful and lyrical ‘encores’.


Speaking to The Strad, Kavakos described his motivation for the disc: 


“After recording the Beethoven and Brahms violin sonatas, which is rather heavy repertoire, I wanted to present something that contained a greater variety of different styles and that focused on the violin as an expressive instrument. There exists an amazing amount of treasure in the form of short violin pieces that are strongly indicative of a particular place, and that contain a distinct local colour. Many of these works are based on folk music or are derived from operas or dances, and some are transcriptions of works written for other instruments. They offer a completely different experience compared to a big concerto or violin sonata, both of which generally follow the same structure and concept, and develop along similar lines.


I was looking for pieces that to the best of my knowledge have never – or rarely ever – been recorded: works like Britten’s Reveille, Donányi’s Gypsy Andante from Ruralia Hungarica, and Strauss’s arrangement of the Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier. Each has its own character and sound world, and very individual sources of inspiration coming from different countries. This is something that I love about Europe in general – that within such a compact geographical area you have so much variety of inspiration – all these pieces sound completely different to one another, from de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat to Stravinsky’s Russian Dance.


Many of the pieces on this recording were either composed by or in collaboration with a violinist. The violin transcription by Ruggiero Ricci of Francisco Tárrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra for classical guitar is something I’ve played many times as an encore. I knew of Ricci as a legend when I was growing up, and met him for the first time at the Paganini Competition. He had recently recorded his own arrangement of Paganini’s La Campanella, and when I met him I said I had his recording but could not find the music. He looked at me and said, ‘Let me look at your hand’, so I showed him my hand and he said, ‘OK I will send it to you’. I knew him for many years, and when we had the chance to speak about the transcription – and I told him I had begun to play it – he was very pleased.”


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TRACK LIST:


1. Stravinsky: ‘Danse Russe’ from Petrushka
2. Stravinsky: Chanson Russe
3. Saraste: Caprice Basque
4. Saraste: Romanze Andaluza
5. Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra
6. De Falla: ‘The Miller’s Dance’ from Three Cornered Hat
7. Paganini: Introduction and Variations on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’
8. Wieniawski: Cappricio Valse
9. Strauss: Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier
10. Dohnanyi: Gypsy Andante from Ruralia Hungarica
11. Britten: Reveille
12. Elgar: La capricieuse
13. Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale
14. Paganini: Variations on God Save the King
15. Dvorak: Humoresque

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Leonidas Kavakos tours North America with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons

29 March 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos joins Mariss Jansons and his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for their tour of North America this April, preceded by a concert at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper on 9 April 2016. Kavakos joins the orchestra for the Korngold Violin Concerto at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Chapel Hill, Ann Arbor and Maison Symphonique de Montréal on 12, 13, 15 and 16 April, culminating in a final concert at Carnegie Hall on 19 April.


Kavakos recently performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with Jansons and the BRSO at the Herkulessaal in Munich in January - click here to watch the performance (from 21 minutes).


Kavakos and Jansons have performed together on many occasions, including during Kavakos’s 2014/15 residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performing Brahms Violin Concerto and Wolfgang Rihm Lichtes Spiel on a tour of major summer festivals, and previously on a worldwide tour with the same orchestra in 2013.

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Leonidas Kavakos: Sibelius Violin Concerto with New York Philharmonic

15 February 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to the New York Philharmonic for concerts on 17, 18 and 19 March. Kavakos will play Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, conducted by the orchestra’s Music Director, Alan Gilbert.


Kavakos has a long-standing relationship with the New York Philharmonic and has recently been announced as The Mary and James G.Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2016-17 season. Kavakos’s residency features three solo appearances – one of which also marks his Philharmonic conducting debut – as well as a recital performance with pianist Yuja Wang, presented by the Philharmonic in association with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, and a Young People’s Concert.


Kavakos made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2002 performing Bruch Scottish Fantasy conducted by Bramwell Tovey on Central Park’s Great Lawn during the Concerts in the Parks. By 2015/16 he will have appeared with the Philharmonic thirty-eight times. Highlights include Dutilleux L’arbre des songes (December 2005, conducted by Iván Fischer), Sibelius Violin Concerto with Alan Gilbert on their European tour of 2010 and a Saturday Matinee Concert including Schubert String Quintet in C major, alongside Alan Gilbert on violin and Philharmonic musicians. 


2016/17 Season Highlights at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center


Conducting debut, 20, 21, 22, 25 October 2016:
J.S. Bach: Concerto No.1 in D minor, BWV.1052 (reconstructed for Violin)
Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque, Op.42
Interval
R. Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C major, Op.61


Young People’s Concert, ‘The Ages of Music: Baroque’, 22 October 2016:
Programme to include music by J.S. Bach, Handel, Purcell, and Vivaldi


Recital with Yuja Wang, 8 February 2017:
Presented by the New York Philharmonic in Association with Lincoln Center’s ‘Great Performers’
Medtner Two Canzonen mit Tänzen
Schubert Fantasy in C major, D.934
Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
Bartók Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, BB 84


Subscription week 1, 2, 3 March 2017:
Lera Auerbach Concerto world première
Alan Gilbert, conductor


Subscription week 19, 20 (matinee and evening), 23 May 2017:
Brahms Violin Concerto
Alan Gilbert, conductor

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Leonidas Kavakos embarks on European recital tour with Enrico Pace

10 February 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos embarks on a recital tour of Italy and Spain from 24 February 2016 with pianist Enrico Pace, visiting Madrid (24 February), Bilbao (25 February), Florence (27 February), Milan (29 February) and Ravenna (2 March). The duo recently recorded their second disc together on Decca Classics and perform a mixed programme of Richard Strauss, Poulenc and Szymanowski.


The new recording, entitled Virtuoso, is released on 1 April and presents some of the most characterful and demanding violin works ever written for the instrument, paired with a selection of beautiful and lyrical ‘encores’, both with and without piano.


Kavakos' first recording with Enrico Pace was a CD of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, released on Decca in 2013:


“The unrivaled elegance and beauty of Leonidas Kavakos’s sound would be reason enough to embark with him on a traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano, but it’s the probing musicianship he and the excellent pianist Enrico Pace bring to it that make the ride so thrilling. The conversations, arguments and flirtations between violin and piano that Beethoven writes into these sonatas are all rendered with spirit and impeccable taste.”
New York Times


The duo present the full Beethoven cycle this season at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele on 16, 17 and 19 May.

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Leonidas Kavakos announced as winner of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2017

28 January 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos has been announced as the winner of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2017. This prestigious prize is awarded annually to an internationally recognised composer, instrumentalist, conductor or singer. Since 1959, the distinguished list of previous prize-winners includes Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich, Miles Davis, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein.


The prize will be awarded at a concert on 12 January 2017 at the Koncerthuset, DR Byen, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Luisi, where Kavakos will play violin concerti by J.S. Bach, Berg and Brahms.


The Prize Concert will be the main event of a mini festival where Leonidas Kavakos will perform at various events in Copenhagen:


Tuesday 10 January, Mogens Dahl Concert Hall – Recital with Enrico Pace (piano). Programme to include Beethoven Violin Sonatas


Thursday 12 January, Koncerthuset – Prize Concert


Friday 13 January, Danish Academy of Music – Public masterclass with violin students from the Academy


Saturday 14 January, Koncerthuset – Brahms Violin Concerto at a symphonic concert with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Luisi


Léonie Sonning Music Prize


Leonidas Kavakos is the fifth violinist to be awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Before him, the Music Prize has been awarded to Yehudi Menuhin (1972), Isaac Stern (1982), Gidon Kremer (1989) and Anne-Sophie Mutter (2001).


British composer Thomas Adès received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2015 on 8 October and, on 7 April this year, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2016 will be presented to conductor Herbert Blomstedt.


Leonidas Kavakos and Denmark


Leonidas Kavakos has performed in Denmark several times over many years both as a soloist with orchestra and as chamber musician. In March 2006 he first performed with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, under Andrey Boreyko, as the soloist in Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto. After the concert, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: “Greek Leonidas Kavakos performed to the jubilant joy of all Greek and Danish Gods … Kavakos gave Nielsen special warmth and intensity.” And in December 2015 when Leonidas Kavakos performed as soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, the newspaper Berlingske wrote: “Arguably the world’s best violinist today… A warm-hearted and intellectually distinguished human being.”


On 29 January 2016, Leonidas Kavakos will conduct the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for the first time, in a concert where, in addition to Strauss Tod und Verklärung and Haydn Symphony No.83, he will perform as a soloist in Mozart Violin Concerto No.3.


On awarding Kavakos the prize, the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation said:


“Leonidas Kavakos is one of the most expressive violinists you can hear today. He interprets the masterpieces for violin from Bach and Mozart to the classics of the 20th century with authority and with profound musical understanding. His strong personality, virtuosity and the honest, direct nature of his playing mark him out as an artist of rare calibre.”
Esben Tange, Chairman of the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation


Watch Kavakos discuss working with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra:

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Sibelius Violin Concerto with Staatskapelle Dresden and Robin Ticciati

09 January 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos travels to Germany this month to perform with the Staatskapelle Dresden in three concerts at the Semperoper on 23, 24 and 25 January 2016.


Kavakos plays Sibelius Violin Concerto, conducted by Robin Ticciati. He most recently played the Sibelius concerto with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in December, where his sound was described by top Danish classical music magazine, Klassisk, as “raw, even dirty but showing great will and direction … the crowd was quickly up on their feet.”


Click here to listen to the Sibelius again here from c.27:00. He follows it with the ‘Andante’ from Bach Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor as an encore.


Later this season, Kavakos returns to Dresden with pianist Enrico Pace to perform the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele. The pair recorded the sonatas for Decca Classics and in Spring 2016 release a second disc together, the fourth in Kavakos’s series as an exclusive Decca Classics artist.

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Leonidas Kavakos joins the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mariss Jansons for Korngold Violin Concerto

04 January 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Korngold Violin Concerto in two concerts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Mariss Jansons on 14 and 15 January 2016. The concert on 15 January will be streamed live on BR TV.


Kavakos performs the concerto with Jansons and the orchestra in advance of their forthcoming tour of North America in April, where Kavakos performs in the following dates:


9 April: Frankfurt Alte-Oper
12 April: Kennedy Center, Washington DC
13 April: Chapel Hill Memorial Hall
15 April: Maison Symphonique, Montreal
16 April: Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Dutilleux with London Symphony Orchestra & Simon Rattle

30 December 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos begins the new year in the UK, returning to the London Symphony Orchestra alongside Sir Simon Rattle on 13 January 2016. Kavakos plays Dutilleux’s violin concerto, L'arbre des songes (Tree of Dreams), and the concert will be streamed and broadcast live on Mezzo TV and BBC Radio 3.


The concert falls almost a year since Kavakos’s performance with Rattle at the Barbican, in February 2015, of Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert was part of the orchestra’s London residency and cycle of Sibelius symphonies, and followed three performances in Berlin. They repeated the concerto at the famous Europakonzert in Athens in May 2015. The press wrote of their performances:


“… few violinists have more experience to bring to the Sibelius concerto than Leonidas Kavakos. His range of expression and the general daring of his account were compelling, and needed to be matched by Rattle’s alert accompaniment.”
Guardian (US edition)


“… Leonidas Kavakos was the mesmerising soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. Banishing the usual ethereal mistiness, he scythed through the notes with tumultuous energy and seemed to inhabit several different emotional worlds simultaneously…”
Times, five stars


The Europakonzert 2015 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Click here to watch an excerpt from the DVD.


In the same week, Leonidas Kavakos performs Korngold Violin Concerto with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Mariss Jansons, live on BR TV.

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Leonidas Kavakos: Europakonzert 2015 now available on DVD and Blu-ray

18 November 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos performed Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Europakonzert 2015 at the Megaron Concert Hall, Athens, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle on 1 May this year. The concert is now released on DVD and Blu-ray.


Every year on 1 May since 1991, the Berliner Philharmoniker has given a concert live on TV in a different European city of cultural significance, to commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra’s founding in 1882. Kavakos is a regular soloist and long-standing friend of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Europakonzert 2015 brought them together in his home city of Athens.


Acclaim for Kavakos playing the Sibelius concerto with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle:


“… few violinists have more experience to bring to the Sibelius concerto than Leonidas Kavakos. His range of expression and the general daring of his account were compelling, and needed to be matched by Rattle’s alert accompaniment.”
Guardian (US edition)


“… Leonidas Kavakos was the mesmerising soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. Banishing the usual ethereal mistiness, he scythed through the notes with tumultuous energy and seemed to inhabit several different emotional worlds simultaneously…”
Times, five stars


Kavakos is closely associated with the concerto, arguably more than any other, and regularly performs it – including this November with the San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. His 1991 recording with Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra won the Gramophone Award for Concerto of the Year, following his winning the Sibelius Competition in 1985.


Click here to watch an excerpt from the DVD. 

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Leonidas Kavakos conducts major orchestras in France and Germany

13 November 2015

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Fresh from three weeks in the US, Leonidas Kavakos returns to Europe to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris on 27 November 2015.


The concert in Paris is the first in a series of major conducting engagements for Kavakos. Following his performance with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, broadcast live on Radio France, Kavakos conducts the Bamberger Symphoniker on 18, 19 and 20 December.


Kavakos’s repertoire for these weeks ranges from Haydn and Mozart to Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky and Dvořák. His recent performance of Dvořák Symphony No.7 with the Singapore Symphony was described as “overwhelming” by the Straits Times, and he has been praised for the “kaleidoscope of timbres and colors” he drew from the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Boston Globe) and his “wealth of detail but also long-range imagination” with the LSO (Classical Source).


Click here to watch an excerpt of Kavakos conducting Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Sibelius and Shostakovich with top orchestras across the United States

23 October 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos visits the US this November, returning to three top American orchestras: the Cleveland Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda on 6, 7 and 8 November; San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas on 12, 13, 14 and 15 November; and the Philadelphia Orchestra on 19, 20 and 21 November, also with Noseda.


Kavakos performs Sibelius Violin Concerto in San Francisco and Philadelphia and Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor in Cleveland.


Kavakos first performed the Shostakovich with Noseda as conductor. They performed it most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra in April 2015, a concert which opened the LSO’s International Violin Festival:


“Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor … brought out the best in its soloist. That was the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, brimming with intensity, as is his wont … an intriguing mixture of fierce energy and fierce self-restraint. At all points he put the music before showmanship.”
Financial Times


“An outstanding concert. Leonidas Kavakos takes the breath away at the Barbican.”
Independent


“His performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 was stunningly assured … And always such control, such finesse. We listened in silent awe.”
Times


Kavakos's recording of the Shostakovich with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, released earlier this year, was also greeted with great acclaim – click here to read full reviews and here to listen to an extract from the recording.

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to conduct Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Portugal

10 October 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Oviedo and Lisbon on 24 and 25 October 2015. The all-Beethoven programme features his Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’ and, in the first half of the concert, Kavakos plays and conducts Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major.


He last conducted the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the 2012/13 season with a programme of Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev in and returns now having made conducting debuts with the Stockholm Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and London Symphony orchestras, among others.


Kavakos’s concerts with the LSO last year in London and Edinburgh also featured an all-Beethoven programme:


“The LSO was at its legendary, sumptuous best, with a wrap-around spread of depth and clarity … a wealth of detail to come but also long-range imagination … both masterly and outstandingly clear.”
Classical Source, June 2014


“A fluid, physical conductor, Kavakos used his body to clearly articulate what he wanted the music to do, encouraging the LSO to reach right into the heart of Beethoven’s music. Consequently, the symphony was a glorious profusion of colours and textures, all perfectly balanced rhythmically and harmonically in this enthralling interpretation.”
Scotsman, June 2014

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Leonidas Kavakos tours the UK and Spain with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

18 September 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts in the UK and Spain between 2 and 9 October 2015. Kavakos and the orchestra play Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, conducted by the LPO’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Vladimir Jurowski.


The orchestra begins their series of concerts at the new Saffron Hall on 2 October, where Kavakos returns at the end of the season. After performing at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 3 October, they visit five Spanish cities: Barcelona, Alicante, Madrid, Zaragoza and San Sebastian.


In Kavakos’s last appearance with the LPO in January 2014, a performance in memory of Claudio Abbado that was described by the Guardian as “strong and lyrical”, Jurowski joined Kavakos on the harpsichord for Bach Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor and Hartmann Concerto Funebre.


Kavakos returns to Spain a few weeks later to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and play as soloist for concerts of Beethoven in Oviedo’s Auditorio Palacio de Congressos Principe Felipe, and later repeats the programme in Lisbon.

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Leonidas Kavakos: Brahms sonatas with Yuja Wang at Edinburgh International Festival 

12 August 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for a recital with Yuja Wang on 26 August in the Queen’s Hall Series.


The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and the duo will play Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano Nos 1, 2 and 3. Regular duo partners, Kavakos and Wang recorded the Brahms sonatas for Decca Classics, released in 2014.


“A strikingly vibrant and expressive partnership. The collaborative spirit shown by Kavakos and Wang has you gripped from the word go.”
Gramophone, Editors Choice, June 2014


“[Kavakos’s] sweet tone is matched by Wang who is admirably discreet in the more richly scored writing … Yet this reticence serves to give greater intensity to those few passages where both players become more expansive in expression.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014


Kavakos and Wang first played the sonatas at the Verbier Festival in 2013 and have since toured them at Paris Salle Pleyel, Luxembourg, Hamburg, Munich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London’s Barbican Centre, Barcelona, Madrid, Salzburg Mozarteum and Vienna Musikverein. This was followed by a tour of North America, ending in a recital at Carnegie Hall.


“Kavakos … was in his element. He has a naturally noble sound, thanks to his fabulous bow control which can sustain an even unblemished line from tip to heel. It felt exactly right for Brahms … And in the slow movements … Kavakos’s clean, pure line kept sentimentality at bay.”
Daily Telegraph, October 2014


After the recital, Kavakos travels to the Annecy Classic Festival to play Beethoven Violin Concerto with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov on 28 August.

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Leonidas Kavakos: performances at Tanglewood Festival

23 July 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to Tanglewood this summer for two concerts on 6 and 7 August. A regular guest at the festival, Kavakos also works closely and regularly with its curator, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


On 7 August, Kavakos plays Sibelius Violin Concerto with the BSO, conducted by Charles Dutoit in the Koussevitzky Music Shed where, at the 2014 festival, he “held the Shed spellbound”. The concert will be broadcast live and available for catch-up on WGBH.


In November 2014, Leonidas Kavakos conducted the BSO in a programme of Bartók, Haydn and Mussorgsky, where he brought “a kaleidoscope of timbres and colors.” (Boston Globe). Listen again to the concert and to an interview with Kavakos about the programme.


Before this, Kavakos joins again with regular chamber music and recital partners Emmanel Ax and Yo Yo Ma to play Brahms Piano Trios Nos 1, 2 and 3 in Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall on 6 August.

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Leonidas Kavakos: rave reviews for recording of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1

12 June 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos’s recording of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev has received outstanding reviews across the board. The recording was released in May 2015 on the Mariinsky label, recorded live at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in June 2012.


“[Kavakos] is an ardent, thoughtful champion, passionately engaged with the piece, always willing to explore the shadows and with a tone that can change from sweetly persuasive to white hot in an instant. It sounds as though Gergiev and his Mariinsky players are thrilled to be part of the performance.”
Disc of the Week, CD Review, BBC Radio 3


”The key work here is the concerto, intensely dramatic with dazzling, high-octane bravura from Kavakos. The range of colour and depth of projection captured here is essential listening, a notable new recording of a much-recorded work.”
Classical Music Magazine, five stars


The concert itself was also critically acclaimed:


“Played with the music coursing through his entire body, and at one with the body of the orchestra, Kavakos’s performance led to a rapid and spontaneous standing ovation.”
Times


“[Leonidas Kavakos] was more than soloist, he was like a character whose voice has gone beyond speech into music, sometimes initiating, sometimes reacting to Shostakovich’s multi-layered tragedy…. Kavakos was extraordinary... his visceral intelligence, incredible breadth of musical imagination, a ravishing range of sound that seems to emanate from within him through the violin, and his spellbinding, seemingly natural virtuosity.”
Classical Source 


Since 2012, Kavakos has been an exclusive artist with Decca Classics, so far releasing three recordings: Beethoven Violin Sonatas (2013) with Enrico Pace, Brahms Violin Concerto (2013) with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly, and Brahms: The Violin Sonatas (2014) with Yuja Wang.

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Leonidas Kavakos performs with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem

10 June 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos performs six concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda from 25 June 2015, performing Sibelius Violin Concerto and Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. The concerts will be on 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 June, and Kavakos will also give a violin masterclass at the Tel Aviv Academy.


Kavakos is a regular guest with the orchestra and their Music Director for Life, Zubin Mehta, and has also regularly worked with Noseda. He recently performed Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 with Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra in April:


“Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor … brought out the best in its soloist. That was the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, brimming with intensity, as is his wont … an intriguing mixture of fierce energy and fierce self-restraint. At all points he put the music before showmanship.”
Financial Times, April 2015


“An outstanding concert. Leonidas Kavakos takes the breath away at the Barbican.”
Independent, April 2015

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James Ehnes, Leonidas Kavakos & Mischa Maisky judge XV International Tchaikovsky Competition

James Ehnes and Leonidas Kavakos sit on the violin jury and Mischa Maisky on the cello jury at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, which opens on 15 June 2015 in Moscow after a round of preliminary auditions beginning on 10 June.


Ehnes, Kavakos and Maisky will judge the three rounds of the competition before the winner is announced on 1 July in an awards ceremony at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow.


This prestigious competition, chaired by Valery Gergiev, is held every four years and this year falls on the 175th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Previous winners include Daniil Trifonov (piano) and Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello).


This year, more than 600 applications were received from 44 counties. That list that has been narrowed down to 60 pianists, 50 violinists, 50 cellists and 80 vocalists who proceed to the preliminary auditions on 10 June.


The competition will also be streamed online by Medici.tv

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Leonidas Kavakos opens his residency at National Symphony Orchestra, Washington

23 April 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos opens his two week residency with the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, Washington, on 7 May 2015. In the first week, Kavakos gives three performances of Sibelius Violin Concerto. A concerto with which he is very closely associated and has played many times to great acclaim:


“… Banishing the usual ethereal mistiness, he scythed through the notes with tumultuous energy and seemed to inhabit several different emotional worlds simultaneously…”
Times, February 2015


The performances are conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, and will take place on 7, 8 and 9 May.


Kavakos and Eschenbach then give a recital at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on 11 May, where they will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Schumann.


The following week, Kavakos takes up the baton to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in three performances on 14, 15 and 16 May. Kavakos will conduct Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition and Sibelius Pélleas et Mélissande, and will also play Bach Violin Concerto No.1 BWV 1041.

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Leonidas Kavakos plays Sibelius with Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle for Europakonzert 2015

17 April 2015

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On 1 May, Leonidas Kavakos performs Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Europakonzert 2015 at the Megaron Concert Hall, Athens, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Kavakos regularly performs the concerto, and his 1991 recording with Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra won the Gramophone Award for Concerto of the Year.


Every year on 1 May since 1991, the orchestra has given a concert live on TV in a different European city of cultural significance, to commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra’s founding in 1882. Kavakos is a regular soloist and long-standing friend of the Berliner Philharmoniker and this year the Europakonzert concert brings them together in his home city of Athens.


Watch and listen to the concert live and after the broadcast:
Digital Concert Hall
Kulturradio vom RBB (including interview)
ARD Das Erste


Whilst preparing for the concert, Kavakos recently performed at the Acropolis Museum – watch him play in this historic space here.


In January and February this year, Kavakos performed the Sibelius with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, as part of the orchestra’s residency at London’s Barbican Hall. The concerts received universal acclaim, with Kavakos described as "the mesmerising soloist" (Times) performing with "diabolical fire and crystalline ice" (Observer).


The sold-out performances were recorded for the BBC and for the Berliner Philharmonie’s Digital Concert Hall. Read the reviews below:


“… few violinists have more experience to bring to the Sibelius concerto than Leonidas Kavakos. His range of expression and the general daring of his account were compelling, and needed to be matched by Rattle’s alert accompaniment.”
Guardian (US edition)


“… Leonidas Kavakos was the mesmerising soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. Banishing the usual ethereal mistiness, he scythed through the notes with tumultuous energy and seemed to inhabit several different emotional worlds simultaneously…”
Times, five stars 


“[Kavakos]… played with heroic assurance…”
Daily Telegraph, five stars 


“[Kavakos played]…with diabolical fire and crystalline ice…”
Observer, five stars 


Leonidas Kavakos plays in the Acropolis Museum. Credit: EuroArts

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Leonidas Kavakos & Yuja Wang play Brahms Sonatas in Salzburg & Vienna

02 April 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang continue touring the Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano with recitals at Salzburg’s Mozarteum and Vienna’s Musikverein on 16 and 18 April.


In 2014 alone the duo performed the sonatas in Paris (Salle Pleyel), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle), Munich (Prinzregententheater), Luxembourg (Philharmonie), Rome, Florence, Milan, Ferrara, Naples, Barcelona, Madrid, London (Barbican) and Amsterdam (Concertgebouw).


For their recital at the Barbican in October 2014, the Daily Telegraph wrote: “Kavakos…was in his element. He has a naturally noble sound, thanks to his fabulous bow control which can sustain an even unblemished line from tip to heel. It felt exactly right for Brahms…And in the slow movements…Kavakos’s clean, pure line kept sentimentality at bay.”


Their recording of the sonatas was released on Decca Classics in March 2014:


“Quite magnificent … Kavakos is violinisticly impeccable, sustaining Brahms’s lines perfectly, with every note dead in tune … with deep intensity of feeling.”
International Record Review, July 2014 


“A strikingly vibrant and expressive partnership. The collaborative spirit shown by Kavakos and Wang has you gripped from the word go.”
Gramophone, Editors Choice, June 2014 


The duo also toured a mixed programme to the United States, finishing with a recital at Carnegie Hall, in one of their first ever live video broadcasts. Watch the concert in full on Medici TV.


Click here to watch Sonata No.3.

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Leonidas Kavakos: Brahms tour with Vienna Philharmonic & Eschenbach

27 March 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and Christopher Eschenbach during April, with concerts at Vienna Musikverein (10 April), Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (15 April) and Brucknerhaus Linz (17 April). Kavakos will play Brahms Violin Concerto in D major in an all-Brahms programme.


The tour continues a strong relationship with the orchestra, as one of its regular soloists. Last season, Kavakos toured with the orchestra and Riccardo Chailly to St Pölten, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw) and Milan (La Scala), playing Sibelius Violin Concerto “in technischer Perfektion, mit Leidenschaft und Nachdruck” [“with technical perfection, with passion and energy” (Kurier, January 2014).


Kavakos was given the singular honour of conducting the orchestra at the famous Vienna Philharmonic Ball, and was the first violinist also to play as a soloist at the event.

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Leonidas Kavakos opens the LSO’s International Violin Festival

25 March 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda on 8 April, marking the start of the LSO International Violin Festival.


A close friend and partner of the orchestra, Kavakos has performed as a soloist with the orchestra for many years and, in June, made his LSO conducting debut, with an all-Beethoven programme:


“The LSO was at its legendary, sumptuous best, with a wrap-around spread of depth and clarity. Preconceptions, though, were blown away by the LSO and Kavakos’s incendiary partnership in the ‘Eroica’…a wealth of detail to come but also long-range imagination…both masterly and outstandingly clear.”
Classical Source, June 2014 


Kavakos also plays the Shostakovich concerto this month with Valery Gergiev and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Watch Leonidas discuss the Shostakovich concerto below:

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Leonidas Kavakos continues residency with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

17 March 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos begins April with his third week as Artist in Residence at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO), which includes performances of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and De Doelen, Rotterdam on 2 and 4 April, under the baton of Valery Gergiev.


During this residency, Kavakos performs three concertos under three conductors: Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm with Mariss Jansons, Berg with Daniele Gatti and Shostakovich with Valery Gergiev. Beginning with a tour of the great European summer festivals (including Berlin, Cologne, Edinburgh, Graz, Lucern and Salzburg), the residency also involves a strong element of chamber music: Kavakos and musicians from the orchestra performed a Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht at the Concertgebouw in December and on 3 April will perform Bach and Bartók at an RCO Club Night.


Leonidas Kavakos discusses the importance of chamber music:


“I think chamber music is a given during a residency such as this – particularly with this orchestra, which I strongly associate with chamber music. I believe that’s the power of the Concertgebouw Orchestra: no matter how big or small the number of players, this orchestra always functions like a chamber music ensemble. The combination of fantastic individual players with a great feel for chamber music is priceless.”


On 31 March, Kavakos will also give a masterclass in the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal. Click here to read more about the residency and watch Kavakos discuss the Shostakovich concerto.


“… die alles wat hij aanraakt een gouden glans geeft.” (“Everything he touches, he gives a golden lustre.”)
Volkskrant, December 2014 

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Leonidas Kavakos: recitals with Enrico Pace in Hong Kong and Shanghai

13 March 2015

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Leonidas Kavakos returns to the Far East in March for recitals with pianist Enrico Pace at the Hong Kong Arts Festival on 27 March and Shanghai Concert Hall on 29 March. They will perform works by Schubert, Strauss, Korngold and Beethoven.


The recitals come one year after the duo’s sell-out recitals of Beethoven Sonatas at the same venues March 2014, to critical acclaim:


卡瓦科斯在这方面展现的非凡能力,是他在充分地匹配了琴声质地与音乐内涵之间契合点。


“Kavakos has extraordinary talent. He found the perfect balance of quality of sound and musicianship.”
Oriental Morning Post, March 2014


在现场,小提琴在他手中似乎成为肢体的一部分,金色的音质如同发自内心,每一个乐句都被内化成了他自己想要表达的语言。


“During the concert, he played as if the violin was part of his body. A golden sound flowed out of the bottom of his heart, playing each phrase in his own musical language.”
China Business News, March 2014


Pace and Kavakos are regular and long-standing recital partners, recently performing all over Europe, the United States, including at Carnegie Hall, and in the Far East. The duo recorded Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, released in January 2013 on Decca Classics.


“The unrivalled elegance and beauty of Leonidas Kavakos’s sound would be reason enough to embark with him on a traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano, but it’s the probing musicianship he and the excellent pianist Enrico Pace bring to it that make the ride so thrilling. The conversations, arguments and flirtations between violin and piano that Beethoven writes into these sonatas are all rendered with spirit and impeccable taste.”
New York Times, December 2013


Watch Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace perform Beethoven at the Concertgebouw in 2012:

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Leonidas Kavakos continues his residency with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

24 November 2014

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Leonidas Kavakos continues his 2014/15 residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in December, with four concerts on 3, 4, 6 and 7 December. With conductor Daniele Gatti, Kavakos will perform Berg Violin Concerto in two performances at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (3 and 4 December), and then at Theater Heerlen (6 December). The concert on 4 December will be broadcast as the NPO Radio 4 ‘Sunday Lunchtime concert’ on 7 December.


Speaking about the concerto (watch a YouTube clip below), Kavakos talks of the human “dramas” in the music and of the “enormous mental and emotional challenges” involved in performing the piece, “one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century”.


On 7 December, he joins musicians from the RCO to perform Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht arranged for string sextet.


The residency began on 25 August with a European festival tour under the direction of Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons, during which Kavakos performed Wolfgang Rihm Lichtes Spiel and the Brahms Violin Concerto, described by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (September 2014) as “one of the highlights of this year’s summer festivals”:


“Leonidas Kavakos played this work as if second nature, so supple, so lovingly sung ... and with his powerful, delightfully rounded tone, he was the perfect partner for the orchestra and its conductor.”


In April 2015, Kavakos joins Valery Gergiev to perform Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.99 for the final part of the residency.

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Leonidas Kavakos is named Artist of the Year at the 2014 Gramophone Awards

17 September 2014

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Leonidas Kavakos was named Artist of the Year Award at the 2014 Gramophone Awards at a ceremony at St John's Smith Square on 17 September. Accepting the award in person, Kavakos performed at the event, playing Tàrrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra. He also played in the BBC Radio 3 In Tune studio ahead of the ceremony, when the Award was announced. Click here to listen to the broadcast.


This Award was introduced in 2010 and is the only Gramophone Award to be decided by public vote internationally. Kavakos commented: “[The award] comes from the voting of the audience – that is, the people who love music and come to the concerts – and in that respect I think it’s the greatest honour.” The previous winners of this prestigious award are Alison Balsom, Joseph Calleja, Gustavo Dudamel and Joyce DiDonato.


In citation for his nomination for the prize, Gramophone magazine praised both Kavakos's recording and performing work: "Kavakos has had quite a year, performing on many of the world’s great stages and with the greatest orchestras to universal acclaim. He recorded Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra for Decca ('evidence of abundant temperament and passion' according to Duncan Druce last December) and made a superb set, with Yuja Wang at the piano, of the Brahms sonatas – an Editor’s Choice this month. Increasingly seen with a baton in hand, Kavakos has come a long way since taking Gramophone’s Concerto Award back in 1991 for the Sibelius Violin Concerto in its original version for BIS."


Kavakos’s next appearance in London is a recital of the Brahms sonatas with Yuja Wang at the Barbican Hall on 17 October. Click here for more information.

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Leonidas Kavakos and Renaud Capuçon nominated for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award

01 July 2014

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Leonidas Kavakos and Renaud Capuçon are nominated for the Gramophone Artist of the Year Award 2014. The coveted annual award is voted for by the public, and voting is open until 22 July.


Read what Gramophone had to say about Kavakos and Capuçon:


"Kavakos has had quite a year, performing on many of the world’s great stages and with the greatest orchestras to universal acclaim. He recorded Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra for Decca (‘evidence of abundant temperament and passion’ according to Duncan Druce last December) and made a superb set, with Yuja Wang at the piano, of the Brahms sonatas – an Editor’s Choice this month. Increasingly seen with a baton in hand, Kavakos has come a long way since taking Gramophone’s Concerto Award back in 1991 for the Sibelius Violin Concerto in its original version for BIS."


"A huge star in France, Capuçon’s reputation rides high internationally, too, thanks largely to his long relationship with Virgin Classics (now Erato). Playing a Guarneri that once belonged to Isaac Stern, Capuçon has proved as magnificent (and generous) a chamber player as his instrument’s former owner. His most recent disc, reviewed in May, coupled Bach and Pēteris Vasks – an imaginative pairing that had Ivan Moody commenting that Capuçon ‘has a wonderful sense of line, following the direction of every melody or melodic tag unflaggingly. The music is allowed to breathe, given space, and the sound is thus at once intimate and vast'."

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Leonidas Kavakos: Brahms Sonatas with Yuja Wang at Salle Pleyel & new Decca recording

25 March 2014

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On 8 April, Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang conclude a European tour with a recital of Brahms in Paris at the Salle Pleyel, shortly after the release of their new recording of the Brahms Violin Sonatas for Decca Classics.


Kavakos and Wang first performed together as a duo at the 2013 Verbier Festival. Their new recording is released internationally on 31 March.


At the Salle Pleyel, the duo will perform the three Brahms Violin Sonatas: No.1 in G major Op.78, No.2 in A major Op.100, and No.3 in D minor Op.108.


Leading up to this recital in Paris, Kavakos and Wang also perform the Brahms in Luxembourg on 2 April, Munich on 3 April and Hamburg on 7 April.


Watch Kavakos and Wang perform an excerpt from Brahms Violin Sonata No.2, 'Allegretto grazioso':

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Leonidas Kavakos: Beethoven recitals with Enrico Pace in Far East

01 March 2014

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Following their recent European and US tours, culminating with the full cycle of Beethoven Violin Sonatas in three concerts at Carnegie Hall in early March, Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace take Beethoven to the Far East for two recitals in Hong Kong and Shanghai on 13 and 16 March.


Their first performance, on 13 March, takes place at the 42nd annual Hong Kong Arts Festival, which runs through February and March at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Kavakos and Pace, who have played together for many years, then travel on to the Shanghai Concert Hall for a second recital on 16 March.


The programme for both concerts highlights three sonatas (including the demanding ‘Kreutzer’ sonata) from the Beethoven Cycle, recently released to great acclaim on Decca Classics, with whom Kavakos is an exclusive recording artist. Alongside the ‘Kreutzer', they also perform Violin Sonata No.1 in D major and Sonata No.5 in F major ‘Frühlingssonate’.


“… his limitless palette, the way he crafts each phrase, giving fresh intention and care to every note … he marries the power of Kogan with the finesse of Kreisler”.
Eric Dahan, Libération, on Beethoven Sonatas release, May 2013


The recitals form part of a busy season in Asia for Intermusica, which is touring four major orchestras and over 20 individual artists.

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