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Leonidas Kavakos

violin
Biography

Born in Athens, violinist Leonidas Kavakos had by the age of 21 already won the 1985 Sibelius Competition and the Paganini and Naumburg competitions in 1988. This led to him making the first ever recording of the original Sibelius Violin Concerto, which won the Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award in 1991. Today he is recognised across the world as an artist of rare quality, acclaimed for his matchless technique, captivating artistry and superb musicianship, and the integrity of his playing. He is the Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist in 2021/22 and is an exclusive recording artist with Sony Classics, who will release his eagerly awaited recording of the complete set of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin this season. He plays the ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius violin of 1734 and owns modern violins made by F. Leonhard, S.P. Greiner, E. Haahti and D. Bagué.


Streaming
17 July 2010 MARTIN FRÖST
Concerts
Martin Fröst performs and conducts Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
26 July 2011 VERBIER FESTIVAL
Concerts
Verbier Festival celebrates Chamber Music
17 July 2013 KAVAKOS, WANG
Concerts
Kavakos and Wang play Brahms' Sonatas
26 July 2013 TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence
deutsche grammophon
Deutsche Grammophon: Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence
28 July 2013 VERBIER FESTIVAL
Concerts
The Verbier Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary
17 July 2014 KAVAKOS, HAGEN & HAMELIN
Concerts
Kavakos, Hagen & Hamelin play Beethoven & Mendelssohn
17 July 2016 KAVAKOS, CAPUÇON & TRIFONOV
Concerts
Kavakos, Capuçon, & Trifonov perform Schumann, Rachmaninov & Smetana
25 July 2018 VERBIER FESTIVAL
Concerts
The Verbier Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary — Part 2