Leonidas Kavakos, one of the most remarkable violinists of today, will join the already announced pianist Yuja Wang. The concert titled “Musical titans” will be held on August 7 in the Kotor Church of Sv. Spirit, within the 17th KotorArt Don Branko Days of Music.
Born in Athens (Greece) in the music family, by the age of 21, Caucasus has already won three great competitions: the Sibelius Competition in 1985, and the Paganini and Naumburg Competition in 1988. This success brought him to the recording of the original Sibelius violin concert (1903/4), the first record of this composition in history, which in 1991 won the Gramophone Concerto of the Year.
Later, Kavakos built a strong conductor profile and led London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
“I am aware that in Montenegro we tend to be afraid of superlatives all the time, although only a few really deserve it. One such case is the visit of Leonidas Caucasus, before whom adjectives lose weight and meaning. Leonidas’ dedication, developmental path, artistic level of all his concerts, the beauty of the tone and authentic expression, undoubtedly provide him with a place among the greatest violinists of today,” said Ratimir Martinović, founder, and director of KotorArt Don Branko’s music days.
The audience of KotorArt Don Branko’s music will have a unique opportunity to hear Leonidas Cavaco and Jujo Wang after a series of their performances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. After KotorArt, this performance is planned for February 2019 at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Kavakos is the winner of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize for 2017. This prestigious award is the highest honor of Denmark and is awarded annually to an internationally acclaimed composer, instrumentalist, conductor or singer. Among previous winners are Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Dmitry Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.