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Kavakos and Wang in Recital

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$39-69

Date & Times

8

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.

Program

Janáček

Sonata for Violin and Piano

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Schubert

Fantasy in C major

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Debussy

Sonata for Violin and Piano

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Bartók

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano

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Artists

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

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

Piano

Yuja Wang

Piano

Yuja Wang

Piano

Pianist Yuja Wang is ready to register fresh achievements during 2016–17 when she returns to China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts as artist-in-residence, connecting her with new audiences in Beijing and beyond. There, in addition to performing six concerts, Ms. Wang will lead master classes and participate in outreach projects.

Ms. Wang’s forthcoming schedule embraces a broad range of repertoire, from Chopin and Shostakovich to Ravel and Schubert. Bartók’s three piano concertos stand as focal points throughout her 2016–17 season, programmed individually for performances in Cleveland, Dallas, Guangzhou, Stockholm, Taiwan, and Toronto, and as a group for concerts in May and June with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel.

Other highlights include appearances at the 2016 Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Verbier festivals, a return to the Hollywood Bowl, season-opening performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick-Nézet-Séguin, and major tours of Asia and Europe with the San Francisco Symphony and the Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, respectively. She is also set to tour with percussionist Martin Grubinger and violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and will undertake a 13-concert European recital tour next March and April.

Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Two years later she 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.

Yuja Wang has been named Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year. 

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