Beethoven and Prokofiev
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Beethoven and Prokofiev

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-152

Date & Times

7

Apr, 2021

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

8

Apr, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM

9

Apr, 2021

Friday, 11:00 AM

10

Apr, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Leonidas Kavakos displays his art and craft in Beethoven’s towering Violin Concerto, a composition of great emotional scope that unfolds as a sublime exchange between soloist and orchestra. Paavo Järvi also conducts Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony, whose lyrical and brighter moments sound side by side with deep grief over the tragedy of World War II and the heartbreaking price of victory.

Program To Include

Beethoven

Violin Concerto

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Prokofiev

Symphony No. 6

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Artists

Paavo Järvi

Conductor

Paavo Järvi

Conductor

Paavo Järvi

Conductor

The Estonian conductor and Grammy Award winner Paavo Järvi is widely recognized as the musicians’ musician, and his close association with orchestras is evident through his long-standing relationship with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which he has served as artistic director since 2004. Last autumn he opened his fourth season as chief conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and in the fall of 2019 he will begin his first season as chief conductor and music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. He is also conductor laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, music director laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and artistic adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Järvi is also in demand as a guest conductor, returning to perform with the Orchestre de Paris and regularly appearing with the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras. Highlights of his recent and upcoming guest engagements include Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, as well as the New York Philharmonic.

Paavo Järvi concludes each season with a week of performances and master classes at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, which he founded in 2011. The success of both the festival and its resident ensemble — the Estonian Festival Orchestra — has led to a string of high-profile invitations to perform across Europe, most recently at the BBC Proms and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

With an extensive discography, Mr. Järvi’s upcoming projects include the third recording in a series of Brahms symphonies, with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies, which he recorded with the Orchestre de Paris; the latter performance and recording project led to the Sibelius Medal being bestowed on him in recognition of his work in increasing awareness of the Finnish composer’s music among French audiences. He was also awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to Estonian culture.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. In 1980 he moved to the United States, where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

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Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos is recognized as a violinist and artist of rare quality, known for his virtuosity, musicianship, and the integrity of his playing. By age 21 he had won three major competitions: the Sibelius (1985), Paganini, and Naumburg (1988). This success led to his recording the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–04), the first recording of this work in history, which won the 1991 Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award. Mr. Kavakos was awarded Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014 and the 2017 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Denmark’s highest musical honor.

Highlights of his 2019–20 season include a tour with Emmanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma performing Beethoven trios, and solo performances with the Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Montreal symphony orchestras, as well as with the Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Boston. In Europe, he performs with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris, among others. He appears in Asia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and Taiwan Philharmonic orchestras.

Mr. Kavakos has developed close relationships with many of the world’s leading orchestras and, more recently, he has built a strong profile as a conductor. This season, he conducts the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, and the Rai National Symphony Orchestra in Torino. He has an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, for which he has recently released an album of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto play-conducting with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His upcoming recording projects include J.S. Bach’s complete solo sonatas and partitas.

Leonidas Kavakos plays the ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius violin of 1734.

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