World tour to celebrate Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s 275th anniversary

October 24, 2017 3:50 pm

Leonidas Kavakos (Credit Marco Borggreve)

Leonidas joins Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on tour in Europe and Asia from 22 October, celebrating the orchestra’s 275th anniversary.  The tour begins at the Barbican Centre in London on 22 October and then continues on to the Philharmonie de Paris on 24 October, the Philharmonie de Luxembourg on 26 October and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on 27 October. Following two concerts at Vienna’s Musikverein on 29 and 30 October, the European leg of the tour culminates in Budapest on 3 November. Leonidas, Blomstedt and the orchestra then travel to Japan for concerts in Sapporo, Yokohama and Tokyo, with the final concerts of the tour coming in Taipei on 16 and 17 November.

The programme for the tour features pieces that the orchestra has premiered over the course of its long history. Leonidas performs three concertos during the tour: the Beethoven Triple Concerto alongside pianist Kirill Gerstein and cellist Gautier Capuçon in London, Paris, Luxembourg and Vienna, as well as the Brahms and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos.

During the tour, Leonidas also gives recitals in Barcelona and Tokyo with his long-term collaborator Enrico Pace.