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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. 

Kavakos Plays Shostakovich


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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, recognized for his artistry in both the concert hall and opera house. The 2021–22 season marks his fifth as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra. His artistic leadership has inspired the NSO, earning rave reviews for their first concerts together at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in 2019. The 2019–20 season saw their artistic partnership continue to flourish with the launch of a new NSO recording label distributed by LSO Live, for which Noseda also records as principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. The first recording on the label featured Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Copland’s Billy the Kid, which adds to his discography of more than 60 recordings for various labels, including Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon.

    Noseda became general music director of Zurich Opera House in September 2021 and will lead multiple productions there each season. The centerpiece of his tenure is a new production of the Ring Cycle, marking his first performances of Wagner’s tetralogy. From 2007 to 2018 he served as music director of the Teatro Regio Torino, where his leadership marked the opera house’s golden era. His extensive work with young musicians led to his 2019 appointment as music director of the Tsinandali Festival and Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra in the village of Tsinandali, Georgia.

    He has conducted the most important international orchestras, opera houses, and festivals, and has held significant roles at BBC Philharmonic (as chief conductor), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (principal guest conductor), Mariinsky Theatre (principal guest conductor), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Victor de Sabata Chair), Rotterdam Philharmonic (principal guest conductor), and Stresa Festival (artistic director). His has championed the works of neglected Italian composers through his Musica Italiana recordings for Chandos. The most recent recording in this series — Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra — was named Gramophone Magazine’s August 2020 Recording of the Month.

    A native of Milan, Gianandrea Noseda was named Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, marking his contribution to the artistic life of Italy. He has been honored as Musical America’s Conductor of the Year (2015) and International Opera Awards Conductor of the Year (2016). In December 2016 he was privileged to conduct the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm.

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  • Leonidas Kavakos


    Leonidas Kavakos is recognized as a violinist and artist of rare quality, known for his virtuosity, musicianship, and the integrity of his playing. He works with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and plays recitals in the world’s premier recital halls and festivals. By age 21 he had won three major competitions: the Sibelius (1985), Paganini, and Naumburg (1988) competitions. This success led to his recording the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–04), the first recording of it in history, which won Gramophone Concerto of the Year in 1991.

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