Leonidas renews his partnership with three major orchestras this month. On 5 February he joins Myung Whun-Chung and the Filarmonica della Scala for a performance of Brahms Violin Concerto, which he performed on tour with the orchestra in the summer of 2017. The Guardian praised his performance at the BBC Proms:
“Technically, he was faultless, as one might expect, but what was really so remarkable about his playing here was the way he made the music breathe and sing in lyrical, expansive paragraphs while remaining continuously alert both to subtleties of meaning and absolute directness of expression.”
Leonidas then returns to the Berlin Philharmonic to perform the Berg Violin Concerto in three concerts conducted by Adam Fischer on 8, 9 and 10 February. Kavakos has regularly performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and joined them for their famed Europakonzert in 2015, performing Sibelius Violin Concerto in his native Athens.
Finally, on 18 February he returns to the London Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding to perform Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2. Kavakos performed this concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons in December 2017:
“[Kavakos] dispatched Prokofiev’s opening movement with cool, unflashy virtuosity and then unspooled the slow movement’s gorgeous singing lines with sensitivity and grace. But it was the modicum of extra heat and intensity he brought to the rhythmically feisty finale that raised this performance up a few notches in excitement.”