In July Leonidas returns to the Verbier Festival, giving four concerts over the festival’s duration. His first concert comes at 8pm on 21 July at the Église de Verbier alongside the German violist Diemut Poppen and cellist Patrick Demenga. Leonidas and Demenga open the concert with Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello and Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, and after the interval they are joined by Poppen for Beethoven’s String Trio No.4 in C minor.
Leonidas’ second concert sees him take the stage with the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 23 July. Conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, Leonidas performs Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto. Berg wrote the concerto in the last year of his life and dedicated it to the memory of Manon Gropius, the daughter of Gustav Mahler’s widow, who had died at the age of 18.
At 6pm on 25 July, Leonidas joins an array of musical stars to celebrate the Verbier Festival’s 25th anniversary in a gala concert at the Salle des Combins. Leonidas joins fellow string players such as Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zuckerman, Ilya Gringolts, Renaud Capuçon and Tabea Zimmerman to form an all-star orchestra, while pianists including Martha Argerich, Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov form duos, trios and quartets.
Leonidas’ final performance at this year’s festival comes at 8pm on 27 July, when he joins forces with Renaud Capuçon and Yuja Wang for a programme of Mozart and Tchaikovsky at the Église de Verbier.
All of Leonidas’ performances will be broadcast live on Medici.tv.