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
| 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.
| 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.