Greek Violinist/Conductor Leonidas Kavakos Takes Podium of the NY Philharmonic

kavakosThe last time a Greek musician stood at the podium of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra was in 1960 when Dimitris Mitropoulos took to the stage. On the night of October 20, violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos, took to the stage of the Lincoln Center of Manhattan to conduct the New York Philharmonic. The performance was repeated on October 21, 22 and 25, in what is just the beginning of many collaborations between Kavakos and the Philharmonic bearing in mind that he is the Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2016-2017 season.

The talented Greek violinist dazzled audiences with his skill in a performance where he made the most of his priceless Stradivarius violin of 1724. He performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concerto in D minor with evidence of his passion for music lingering in every note.

Kavakos’ range as an artist is impressive in everything from Baroque to contemporary music and this will be seen throughout his tenure as artist-in-residence with the prestigious NY orchestra.

His residency features three solo appearances in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary. He makes his Philharmonic debut with a recital featuring pianist Yuja Wang, presented in association with the Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, and a Young People’s Concert. Also in the season he appears with The Philadelphia Orchestra; plays and conducts the Houston Symphony; embarks on a recital tour with Ms. Wang in both Europe and the US and undertakes a European tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and a tour to Switzerland with the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Kavakos had enjoyed success, having won three major competitions by the age of 21: the Sibelius, the Paganini, and Naumburg. This success led to his making the first recording in history of the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–04), which won the 1991 Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award.