Leonidas Kavakos has established himself as a violinist and artist of rare quality at the highest level of virtuosity and an outstanding musicality. Attentive to the great talent of violinist one was when he in 1985 Sibelius and three years later won the Paganini Competition. Since then works with the world's leading orchestras and conductors and has built many strong relationships, among others the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the La Scala Filharmonica, the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, the Boston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In Germany Leonidas Kavakos is among others this season Artist-in-Residence of the Berlin Philharmonic. Last season, he held this position at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which includes various concerts conducted by Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, an extensive European tour and a recital. He is once again a guest of the NDR Symphony Orchestra, this season under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, after having opened in the summer of 2011 with the same orchestra under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Among the orchestras that have Leonidas Kavakos future just as committed as soloists, include the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Chicago Symphony and many others. In April 2012, he premiered with the Berlin Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel Osvaldo Golijov's Violin Concerto. Together with pianist Enrico Pace, he recorded all the Beethoven sonatas, which will be published in January 2013 in Decca.
Leonidas Kavakos is a dedicated chamber musician and regular guest at the festivals in Verbier, Montreux, Edinburgh and Salzburg. In the past season he presented with pianist Emmanuel Ax at the Wigmore Hall London a cycle of Beethoven sonatas, which will lead them in April 2013 in the Vienna Musikverein. To Kavakos' chamber music partners are also Hélène Grimaud, the Capuçon brothers or Elisabeth Leonskaya.
With numerous orchestras with which Leon Dias Kavakos already maintained an intensive cooperation as a soloist, he has worked increasingly simultaneously as conductor and soloist. So he led last season with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for the first time a large German orchestra. His debut was as a conductor Leonidas Kavakos beyond 2011 at the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Last season, he was, inter alia, as conductor and soloist guest the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Turin and once again the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. From 2007/08 to autumn 2009 was Leonidas Kavakos artistic director of the Camerata Salzburg, after he had been Artist of the orchestra since 2002 Principal Guest.
The diverse repertoire of the violinist is also reflected in his discography. In 1991 he won the Gramophone Award for the first recording of the original version of Sibelius' Violin Concerto (from 1903/04) on BIS. In 2001, a CD was released with works by Hindemith with the BBC Philharmonic (Chandos). Moreover, Leonidas Kavakos, the solo sonatas of Ysaÿe (BIS), works by Debussy, Kreisler, Paganini et al (Delos) and included the Humoresken Sibelius (Finlandia). Was published in 2003 by ECM Records Kavakos' recording of sonatas by Enescu and Ravel together with pianist Péter Nagy; there also the Violin Concerto by Mansurjan with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Christoph Poppen was published of 2004. 2005 his recording of works of Stravinsky and Bach appeared with Peter Nagy at ECM. Mozart's violin concertos with the Camerata Salzburg was released in 2006 by Sony Classical, followed in 2009, the winner of the ECHO Klassik 2009 Low Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Camerata Salzburg and the piano trios Patrick Demenga and Enrico Pace. Its exclusive cooperation with Decca began in 2012 with Enrico Pace and the complete recording of the Beethoven sonatas, published in January, 2013.
Kavakos plays the "Abergavenny" Stradivarius of 1724th
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