Czech Philharmonic
Leonidas Kavakos

Czech Philharmonic

Less than two weeks before the arrival of the year 2020, we are beginning a cycle in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. One could hardly imagine a more powerful beginning than a performance of his Violin Concerto and Third Symphony. Leonidas Kavakos, who opened our 122nd season in exciting fashion, is returning as a violinist and a conductor. Last year, he recorded Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted himself. The programmes of the concerts in Munich were similar to the Prague performance, except that on the second half, Leonidas Kavakos conducted the Seventh Symphony, while he will be conducting the Eroica at the Rudolfinum. Unlike competitions between performers, rankings of the popularity of compositions are not usual in the classical music world. An exception was a survey by the BBC Music Magazine in 2018, for which most of the respondents were conductors. And can you guess which symphony won? The Eroica defeated Beethoven’s Ninth, which was second, and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, which finished in third place! 

The Czech public is familiar with Kavakos as an exceptional violinist, but not as a conductor, but he has already led performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few. For his recording of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, Leonidas Kavakos won the ECHO Klassik award, and in 2014 the magazine Gramophone named him “Artist of the Year”.

Subscription series C
Duration of concert 1 hod 30 min
Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall


Česká republika Praha 1 Alšovo nábřeží 12 110 00
Thu 19 Dec 2019 / 7.30pm
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Fri 20 Dec 2019 / 7.30pm
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Sat 21 Dec 2019 / 3.00pm
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