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Kavakos Plays Shostakovich

May 04 - May 06


Violinist Leonidas Kavakos joins the Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda in Shostakovich’s contemplative and fiery Violin Concerto No. 1. Drama and mystery pervade Walker’s pithy Sinfonia No. 1. Respighi’s tone poem Roman Festivals depicts ancient and modern celebrations in Rome, from gladiatorial combat to the tolls of church bells and a harvest festival. 



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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes
No Intermission


Program To Include


Violin Concerto No. 1



Sinfonia No. 1


Roman Festivals



  • Gianandrea Noseda


    Gianandrea Noseda is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, equally recognized for his artistry in the concert hall and opera house. The 2022–23 season marks his sixth as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) of Washington, DC, and he serves as principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). General music director of Zurich Opera House since September 2021, his tenure has been extended through the 2027–28 season.

    His leadership has inspired and reinvigorated the NSO, which makes its home at the Kennedy Center, leading to invitations to perform at Carnegie Hall and international concert halls, and on digital streaming and a record label distributed by LSO Live (for which Noseda also records with the LSO). Their 2020 debut release — featuring Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and Copland’s Billy the Kid — will be followed by George Walker’s complete Sinfonias and a Beethoven cycle. Noseda has made over 70 releases for labels including Deutsche Grammophon and Chandos, recording repertoire including that of neglected Italian composers through his Musica Italiana series.

    An important milestone with Zurich Opera House will be a new production of two complete Wagner Ring Cycles in 2024. Since April 2022 his performances of three of the four Ring operas in Zurich have been praised by critics; the fourth will be premiered in 2023. From 2007 to 2018 Noseda served as music director of the Teatro Regio Torino, where his leadership marked the opera house’s golden era. 

    Noseda has conducted the leading international orchestras, opera houses, and festivals, and held significant roles at the BBC Philharmonic (as chief conductor), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (principal guest conductor), Mariinsky Theatre (principal guest conductor), Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (principal guest conductor), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Victor de Sabata Chair), Rotterdam Philharmonic (principal guest conductor), and Stresa Festival (artistic director). His commitment to working with young musicians led to his 2019 appointment as founding music director of the Tsinandali Festival and Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra in Tsinandali, Georgia.

    The Milan native was named Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for his contributions to Italy’s artistic life. Honors including Musical America’s Conductor of the Year (2015), International Opera Awards Conductor of the Year (2016), and Oper! Awards Best Conductor of the Year (2023).

    Learn more about Gianandrea Noseda
  • Leonidas Kavakos


    Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is recognized across the world as an artist of rare quality, matchless technique, captivating artistry, as well as for his superb musicianship and the integrity of his playing. He works regularly with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, and performs recitals in the world’s premier recital halls and festivals.

    Learn more about Leonidas Kavakos

Special Thanks

Gianandrea Noseda’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

Generous support for Leonidas Kavakos’s appearances is provided by Dr. Raluca Dinu and Dr. Avi Katz.


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