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Leonidas Kavakos plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Amsterdam, Concertgebouw — Main Hall

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About the Event

Tonight, it is time for violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos to take center stage in the Great Soloists series. Performing solo in Tchakovsky's renowned Violin Concerto, Kavakos will be accompanied by the esteemed Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In addition to this mesmerizing performance, the orchestra will also showcase Tchaikovsky's majestic Fifth Symphony. Guiding the musical journey from the podium is the talented chief conductor, Andris Nelsons.


  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64
Program is subject to change


Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

The Leipzig Gewandhausorchester is a German orchestra based in Leipzig, Germany. It is named after the concert hall in which it is based, the Gewandhaus.

The orchestra has a good claim to being the oldest continuing musical performing organization in Europe. In the early 19th century, Felix Mendelssohn was the kapellmeister.

Later principal conductors included Arthur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Vaclav Neumann, and from 1970 to 1996 Kurt Masur. In 1998, Herbert Blomstedt took over the post until 2005 and will be succeeded by Riccardo Chailly.

As home to the Gewandhausorchester, the city of Leipzig possesses an orchestra of the highest world renown — one with an extraordinarily illustrious heritage spanning 275 years. In March 1743, sixteen Leipzig merchants founded a concert society, which was to shape musical history. Today, the Gewandhausorchester thrills and inspires music lovers the world over with both its passion for music and its unique, unmistakable sound.
Alongside its 70 symphonic Große Concerte per season, the Gewandhausorchester performs as the orchestra both of the Leipzig Opera — a role it has fulfilled for over 200 years — and of St. Thomas‘s Church, performing the music of JS Bach each week with the celebrated Thomanerchor. In addition, the Orchestra gives approximately 35 concerts per season all around the globe, and is documented on countless recordings. The unique diversity of the Gewandhausorchester‘s activities is a fundamental factor of Leipzig‘s international renown as ‚City of Music‘.

Conductor, Violin: Leonidas Kavakos

That Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos had a rare gift was apparent early on. Born into a family of musicians, he took up his instrument at the age of five. By 18 he was ready to make his concert debut at the 1984 Athens Festival; a year later, he became the youngest contestant to date to win the prestigious International Sibelius Competition—a turning point in the young musician’s career that brought his name to international audiences. Kavakos has recorded numerous albums and given critically acclaimed performances around the world, appearing alongside renowned ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He is especially well known for his fine interpretations of Beethoven’s violin sonatas.

Conductor: Andris Nelsons


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