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Leonidas
Kavakos

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Leonidas Kavakos’s international breakthrough came when he won the 1985 Sibelius Competition, followed by first prize at the Paganini Competition three years later. The Greek violinist has since performed with many leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Kavakos has been the subject of an ‘artist portrait’ with the London Symphony Orchestra and has served as artist in residence with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in 2002, Leonidas Kavakos has been a welcome guest. In 2013, the orchestra’s anniversary year, he accompanied the Concertgebouworkest on tour through Europe and the US as soloist in Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. During the 2014/2015, he was the first artist in residence in the history of the Concertgebouworkest. His most recent performance with the orchestra was in May 2019, when he was the soloist in Dutilleux’s L’arbre des songes under the baton of Myung-whun Chung.

Kavakos is increasingly active as a conductor, and to date has led such orchestras as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the symphony orchestras of Boston and Atlanta. Kavakos plays the 'Willemotte'-Stradivarius, built in 1734.

Leonidas Kavakos’s international breakthrough came when he won the 1985 Sibelius Competition, followed by first prize at the Paganini Competition three years later. The Greek violinist has since performed with many leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Kavakos has been the subject of an ‘artist portrait’ with the London Symphony Orchestra and has served as artist in residence with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in 2002, Leonidas Kavakos has been a welcome guest. In 2013, the orchestra’s anniversary year, he accompanied the Concertgebouworkest on tour through Europe and the US as soloist in Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. During the 2014/2015, he was the first artist in residence in the history of the Concertgebouworkest. His most recent performance with the orchestra was in May 2019, when he was the soloist in Dutilleux’s L’arbre des songes under the baton of Myung-whun Chung.

Kavakos is increasingly active as a conductor, and to date has led such orchestras as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the symphony orchestras of Boston and Atlanta. Kavakos plays the 'Willemotte'-Stradivarius, built in 1734.