CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yuja Wang, Piano
Part of: Great Artists I
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yuja Wang, Piano
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80
BARTÓK Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano
R. STRAUSS Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
BRAHMS Un poco presto e con sentimento from Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
SZYMANOWSKI "La Fontaine d’Arethuse" from Mythes for Violin and Piano, Op. 30
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Leonidas Kavakos is recognized as a violinist and artist of rare quality, known for the integrity of his playing and for his virtuosity and superb musicianship. By age 21, Mr. Kavakos had won three major competitions: the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition (1985), the Paganini Competition (1988), and the Naumburg International Piano Competition (1988). This success led to his recording the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–1904), the first recording of the work in history, which won the Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award in 1991. Mr. Kavakos was awarded the Gramophone Artist of the Year Award in 2014, and was the winner of Denmark’s Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2017.
During the 2018–2019 season, Mr. Kavakos is an artist-in-residence at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In North America, he performs with the San Francisco Symphony, and is joined by pianist Enrico Pace on a US recital tour to Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Seattle, Fort Worth, and Philadelphia. Highlights in Europe include a tour with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma in performances of Brahms’s trios, and appearances as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, among others. In addition, Mr. Kavakos tours to China, giving both recital and orchestral performances. He also has built a strong profile as a conductor, leading the Vienna Symphony, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Budapest Festival Orchestra this season.
Mr. Kavakos recently signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, for whom he has previously recorded Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s violin concertos, play-conducting with Camerata Salzburg. In the fall of 2017, Mr. Kavakos joined Mr. Ma and Mr. Ax for a highly successful recording of Brahms’s trios for the label. Upcoming recording projects include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which he will play-conduct with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, followed by Bach’s complete solo sonatas and partitas. Mr. Kavakos’s recordings on the Decca label include Virtuoso; Brahms’s violin sonatas with Yuja Wang; Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly; and the complete Beethoven violin sonatas with Mr. Pace. Mr. Kavakos plays the “Willemotte” Stradivarius violin of 1734.
Critical superlatives and audience ovations have followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. Celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, she is set to achieve new heights during the 2018–2019 season, which features recitals, concert series, season residencies, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors.
Ms. Wang began the current season with a performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto at the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, followed by a tour with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko that featured Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In the spring of 2019, Ms. Wang embarks on a tour to Los Angeles, Seoul, and Tokyo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to give the first-ever performances of John Adams’s new piano concerto. She also reunites with cellist and frequent collaborator Gautier Capuçon for a vast chamber tour of the United States.
Additional engagements this season include an extensive recital tour to South America, several concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev in Asia, concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Versailles, performances at the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn with Gustavo Dudamel, tours with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and concerts in Istanbul, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Kotor. In addition to this evening’s concert, Ms. Wang’s Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall includes performances with Martin Grubinger, Igudesman & Joo, Gautier Capuçon, and the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. This season, Ms. Wang also is an artist in residence at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Luxembourg’s Philharmonie.
Ms. Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing, China. After childhood piano studies, she received advanced training in Canada and at the Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Ms. Wang’s international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon two years later, and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings. Ms. Wang was named Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year.