Kavakos and Wang

The New York Philharmonic

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Kavakos and Wang in Recital


David Geffen Hall

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Feb, 2017

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Presented by the New York Philharmonic in association with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.

“A strikingly vibrant and expressive partnership,” says Gramophone of our sensitive Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos and superstar pianist Yuja Wang. “The collaborative spirit shown by Kavakos and Wang has you gripped from the word go ... outstanding in almost every way.” Experience the dream team in this intimate recital of meditative Schubert, colorful Debussy, and more.

This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.



Sonata for Violin and Piano



Fantasy in C major



Sonata for Violin and Piano



Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano


Leonidas Kavakos


Leonidas Kavakos


Leonidas Kavakos


The New York Philharmonic has named violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2016–17 season. His residency features three solo appearances in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, his Philharmonic conducting debut, a recital with pianist Yuja Wang (presented in association with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers),and a Young People’s Concert. Also in the season he appears with The Philadelphia Orchestra; plays and conducts the Houston Symphony; embarks on a recital tour with Ms. Wang in both Europe and the U.S.; and undertakes a European tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and a tour to Switzerland with the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Mr. Kavakos had already won three major competitions by age 21: the Sibelius (1985), the Paganini (1988), and the Naumburg (1988). This success led to his making the first recording in history of the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–04), which won the 1991 Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award.

He has since appeared regularly as soloist with the Vienna, Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; London, Boston, and Chicago symphony orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Philadelphia Orchestras. As a conductor Mr. Kavakos has worked with the Atlanta, Boston, London, and Vienna symphony orchestras; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; and Budapest Festival Orchestra. This season he makes conducting debuts with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, Mr. Kavakos’s first release on the label, of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas with pianist Enrico Pace (2013), earned him an ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year award. Later recordings include Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly; Brahms’s violin sonatas with Yuja Wang; and, his most recent recording, Virtuoso (released in April 2016). His earlier discography includes recordings for BIS, ECM, and Sony Classical. Mr. Kavakos was named Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014.

Leonidas Kavakos plays the “Abergavenny” Stradivarius violin of 1724. 

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Yuja Wang


Yuja Wang


Yuja Wang


Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang is set to achieve new heights in critical superlatives and audience ovations during the 2018–19 season, through recitals, concert series, season residencies, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors. In the autumn of 2018 she toured with the Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko, then undertook a recital tour to South America and performed several concerts with the Munich Philharmonic, conducted by Valery Gergiev, throughout Asia. It also marked the release of her solo recital album, The Berlin Recital, by Deutsche Grammophon, featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie.

This season Ms. Wang is featured as an artist-in-residence at three of the world's premier venues: Carnegie Hall, with a season-long Perspectives series; the Wiener Konzerthaus, with a Portrait series; and the Luxembourg Philharmonie. In the spring 2019 she embarks on a tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to give the first-ever performances of John Adams’s newest piano concerto, and she reunites with cellist Gautier Capuçon for a vast US chamber tour.

Yuja Wang received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She later signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists, with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings.

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