PERSPECTIVES: LEONIDAS KAVAKOS
Acclaimed Violinist Returns to Carnegie Hall for
Three Concert Perspectives Series
Including Performances with
Yuja Wang, Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma, and
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Recital on Thursday, November 4
with Pianist Yuja Wang
To Be Heard by Listeners Worldwide Through
Carnegie Hall Live Radio and Digital Broadcast Series
Produced in Partnership with WQXR


Leonidas Kavakos (Photo by Chris Lee)

(October 28, 2021, NEW YORK, NY)— Acclaimed violinist Leonidas Kavakos launches his Carnegie Hall Perspectives series this fall, three concerts that showcase his matchless technique, captivating artistry, and superb musicianship presented throughout the 2021–2022 season. The series includes collaborations with musical friends, showcasing his dynamic virtuosity in recital, orchestral, and chamber music settings.

His Perspectives series begins next Thursday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. when he appears in recital with frequent musical collaborator pianist Yuja Wang. The evening’s program includes J. S. Bach’s Violin Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016; Busoni’s Violin Sonata No. 2; and Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata. This performance will be heard live by music lovers around the globe as part of the Carnegie Hall Live radio broadcast and digital series. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and New Sounds’s John Schaefer, the concert will be broadcast by WQXR 105.9 FM in New York, streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr.

The series continues on Tuesday March 8 at 8:00 p.m., when Mr. Kavakos reunites with musical friends—cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax—for an all-Beethoven trio program. The trio last performed together at Carnegie Hall in March 2020, the final concert presented by the Hall prior to its closure due to COVID-19.

The following Monday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m., the series concludes with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by Andris Nelsons, in which Mr. Kavakos gives the New York premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto No. 2, “Scherben der Stille” (“Shards of Silence”). Co-commissioned for Mr. Kavakos by the BSO, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, the concerto receives its U.S. premiere earlier that month at Symphony Hall in Boston. Chin won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2004 for her first violin concerto. The BSO’s March 14 program at Carnegie Hall also includes Ives’s The Unanswered Question and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

When asked about his Perspectives in a Carnegie Hall video interview, Mr. Kavakos spoke of the potential that music has “to connect.” Following 18 months when live performances were not possible, he hopes the series provides opportunities for artists and audiences to come together once again. “We all need that more than ever before, to connect through the music, through different [musical] styles, through different ideas, and different collaborations.” For more information on Leonidas Kavakos’s Perspectives series, visit carnegiehall.org/kavakos.

Leonidas Kavakos is a globally recognized artist of the highest caliber. Throughout his career, he has developed close relationships with major ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He also works closely with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala.

In recent years, Mr. Kavakos has succeeded in building a strong profile as a conductor, including appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Filarmonica Teatro della Fenice, and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Kavakos is an exclusive recording artist with Sony Classics. Recent releases from the Beethoven 250th anniversary year include the composer’s Violin Concerto, which Mr. Kavakos conducted and performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the re-release of his 2007 recording of the composer’s complete violin sonatas with pianist Enrico Pace, for which he was named the ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the year.

Born into a musical family, Mr. Kavakos curates an annual violin and chamber-music master class in his native Athens, which attracts violinists and ensembles from all over the world. He plays the “Willemotte” Stradivarius violin of 1734.

Program Information
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, Violin
YUJA WANG, Piano

J. S. BACH Violin Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016
BUSONI Violin Sonata No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Sonata

Tickets $39—$130.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

EMANUEL AX, Piano
LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, Violin
YO-YO MA, Cello

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM

Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”

This performance is sponsored by Bank of America.

Tickets $89—$295.
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Monday, March 14, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin

IVES The Unanswered Question
UNSUK CHIN Violin Concerto No. 2, “Scherben der Stille” (“Shards of Silence”) (NY Premiere)
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

This performance is sponsored by Mizuho Americas.

Tickets $45—$150.