Leonidas returns to Copenhagen in February to conduct the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in two concerts with cellist Truls Mørk on 1 and 2 February. He conducts a programme of Bartók’s Hungarian Sketches, Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Dvorák’s Symphony No.7. In 2017 Leonidas was the recipient of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, regarded as Denmark’s highest musical honour. As part of the prize giving celebrations he performed three contrasting concerti with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the celebratory concert. Past winners of the prize include Isaac Stern (1982), Anne-Sophie Mutter (2001), Sofia Gubaidulina (1999), Mstislav Rostropovich (1981) and Igor Stravinsky (1959).
The concerts follow three other conducting engagements in January, when Leonidas leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in performances of Martinů’s jazz ballet La revue de cuisine, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds and Dvorák Symphony No.7.
February is another busy month for Leonidas; following the concerts in Copenhagen, he gives concerts with the Filarmonica della Scala, Berliner Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra, performing concertos by Brahms, Berg and Prokofiev. He also performs in a chamber concert with Yuja Wang, Antoine Tamestit and Clemens Hagens at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and begins a major tour alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax to promote their recent recording of Brahms Piano Trios.