Leonidas Kavakos performed Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Europakonzert 2015 at the Megaron Concert Hall, Athens, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle on 1 May 2015. The concert is now available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray.
Every year on 1 May since 1991, the Berliner Philharmoniker has given a concert live on TV in a different European city of cultural significance, to commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra’s founding in 1882. Kavakos is a regular soloist and long-standing friend of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Europakonzert 2015 brought them together in his home city of Athens.
Acclaim for Kavakos playing the Sibelius concerto with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle:
“… few violinists have more experience to bring to the Sibelius concerto than Leonidas Kavakos. His range of expression and the general daring of his account were compelling, and needed to be matched by Rattle’s alert accompaniment.”
Guardian (US edition)
“… Leonidas Kavakos was the mesmerising soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. Banishing the usual ethereal mistiness, he scythed through the notes with tumultuous energy and seemed to inhabit several different emotional worlds simultaneously…”
Times, five stars
Kavakos is closely associated with the concerto, arguably more than any other, and regularly performs it – this November with the San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. His 1991 recording with Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra won the Gramophone Award for Concerto of the Year, following his winning the Sibelius Competition in 1985.