Leonidas returns to the New York Philharmonic this month for his final concerts as the orchestra’s Artist-in-Residence, giving four performances at David Geffen Hall on 19, 20 and 23 May. The concerts are conducted by Alan Gilbert, his final performances as Music Director of the orchestra.
Leonidas joins Gilbert and the orchestra to perform Brahms Violin Concerto. The concerto is a core part of his repertoire and he recorded it in 2013 for Decca with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester to great acclaim:
“Leonidas Kavakos’s account of the violin concerto is the finest to appear on disc in years. Fabulously poised with an exceptional dynamic range, Kavakos’s playing misses nothing, yet never draws attention to itself unnecessarily.”
Leonidas began his residency with his conducting debut with the orchestra in October. He also gave a recital with Yuja Wang and a Young People’s Concert, and in March he also gave a “riveting” (New York Times) world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s new violin concerto, NYx: Fractured Dreams.