Friday, 02. November 2018, 6.45 pm
Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig
Introduction 6.45 pm with Studierenden der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Moderation)
Studierenden der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Moderation
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A towering figure on today’s music scene, Leonidas Kavakos (b. 1967) studied violin in his native Athens and with Josef Gingold in the USA. Since then he has made solo appearances with the world’s finest orchestras, played chamber music with musicians of the calibre of Yuja Wang and Yo-Yo Ma and recently distinguished himself as a conductor. After two guest appearances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, he is now returning for an entire season as artist-in-residence. He will perform three great violin concertos by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Alban Berg, conduct Beethoven’s Seventh and join forces with soloists from the Bavarian RSO in a reading of Beethoven’s Septet. The dark sound of his newly acquired “Willemotte” Stradivarius, built in 1734, will be displayed to full advantage in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 1, a stark and sombre work full of relentless drama and grim humour. Cristian Măcelaru will complete this all-Russian programme with a tour de force for virtuoso orchestra. And what a work it is: Stravinsky’s formerly scandalous Le sacre du printemps, now a well-established cult masterpiece of modern music.
Mariss Jansons is well on the road to recovery from a serious viral infection, but his doctors have advised him not to conduct the upcoming concerts in Munich in order not to jeopardize his return to full health. We are pleased to have Cristian Măcelaru for these two concerts in Munich on extremely short notice.
Photos of Rehearsal and concert
20.12.2018 / 21.12.2018
David Robertson & Emanuel Ax
28.03.2019 / 29.03.2019
09.05.19 / 10.05.19 / 11.05.19
Daniel Harding & Leonidas Kavakos