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08.09.14
Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos
Music mastery on rich display at Tanglewood with Ma, Ax, Kavakos and Brahms
The Berkshire Eagle
08.08.14
Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos
Tanglewood Review: Yo Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax and Leonidas Kavakos deliver brilliant Brahms performance
The Republican
03.05.14
Leonidas Kavakos
Beethoven Sonatas for Two, With Violin and Piano Precisely Balanced
The New York Times
03.03.14
Leonidas Kavakos
A Violinist and a Pianist Time Travel, Guided by a Virtuoso's Whims
The New York Times
02.27.14
Leonidas Kavakos
Kavakos and Beethoven, perfect together
Philadelphia Inquirer
02.26.14
Leonidas Kavakos
Gifted and Greek
Wall Street Journal
02.25.14
Leonidas Kavakos
Left breathless by Beethoven
The Boston Globe
02.24.14
Leonidas Kavakos
Kavakos and Pace bring a distinctive approach to Beethoven
Boston Classical Review
12.13.13
Leonidas Kavakos
NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013
NPR
12.09.13
Donald Runnicles, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonidas Kavakos, Ravi Shankar, Minnesota Orchestra , Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir , Ian Bostridge, New York Polyphony
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OPUS 3 ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR A 2014 GRAMMY
Grammy.com
11.18.13
Leonidas Kavakos
NEC Bestows Honorary Degree on Violinist Leonidas Kavakos during his Masterclass Visit on November 18, 2013
New England Conservatory
11.15.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Greek violinist Kavakos takes to conducting
Boston Globe
09.24.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos makes his Decca Concerto Debut with Brahms
Rebecca Davis Public Relations 
08.15.13
Donald Runnicles, Alexandre Tharaud, Emanuel Ax, Nikolai Lugansky, Vilde Frang, Daniel Hope, Leonidas Kavakos, Ian Bostridge
Congratulations to the 2013 Echo Klassik Award Winners
06.18.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Violinist Leonidas Kavakos Powers the New York Philharmonic's Take on Prokofiev and Stravinski
Hollywood.com
06.14.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Music Review: An Old Hand at Only 26
The New York Times
03.18.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Review
BBC Music
03.08.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: a double dose of gloom
Houston Chronicle
02.20.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin, at the Music Academy's Hahn Hall
Santa Barbara Independent
02.17.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Kavakos Channels Beethoven
San Francisco Classical Voice
02.15.13
Leonidas Kavakos
From Abroad, High Doses of Adrenalin
The New York Times
01.15.13
Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos (with Enrico Pace) Releases Beethoven: Violin Sonatas 
Rebecca Davis Public Relations
12.11.12
Leonidas Kavakos
LSO/Vänskä/Kavakos - review
The Guardian (UK)
12.10.12
Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavavkos, London Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska
The Independent
12.02.12
Leonidas Kavakos
Kavakos/Lugansky – review
The Guardian (UK)
06.15.12
Leonidas Kavakos
Revisiting a Passion of the Past
The New York Times
06.15.12
Leonidas Kavakos
Greek Violinist Kavakos Escapes Euro Crisis While Playing With NY Philharmonic
New York Observer
04.23.12
Leonidas Kavakos
Decca Classics Signs Exclusive Solo Recording Contract With Leonidas Kavakos
Decca Classics
11.10.11
Leonidas Kavakos
Defining the Art of Gravity With Strings and a Bow
The New York Times
11.09.11
Leonidas Kavakos
Brooding performance by a master violinist
Philadelphia Inquirer
03.28.11
Leonidas Kavakos
LSO/Gergiev at the Barbican (4 stars)
The Times (UK)
03.25.11
Leonidas Kavakos
LSO / Gergiev / Kavakos – review
The Guardian (UK)
03.23.11
Leonidas Kavakos
LSO/Gergiev [Lithuanian Saga ... Little Russian Symphony ... Leonidas Kavakos plays Shostakovich
Classical Source
02.10.11
Leonidas Kavakos
Violin Virtuoso Graces Bailey Hall
The Cornell Daily Sun
02.09.11
Leonidas Kavakos
Odd Couple make magic on violin, piano
Buffalo News
02.05.11
Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace @ Koerner Hall
Showtime Magazine
04.29.10
Leonidas Kavakos
An Emotive ‘Oedipus’ in Stravinsky Festival
The New York Times
11.06.09
Leonidas Kavakos
Seattle Symphony, charismatic violinist plumb Russian brilliance and depth
Seattle Times
10.27.09
Leonidas Kavakos
Kavakos takes audience on intense, dark ride
Pioneer Press
10.27.09
Leonidas Kavakos
With Kavakos, thought trumps technique
Minneapolis Star Tribune
10.26.09
Leonidas Kavakos
Kavakos showcases a rare talent
Philadelphia Inquirer
08.03.09
Leonidas Kavakos
KAVAKOS RELEASES NEW CD ON SONY CLASSICS
07.20.09
Daniel Hope, Leonidas Kavakos, Emmanuel Pahud, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
OPUS 3 ARTISTS WIN ECHO KLASSIK AWARDS
05.06.09
Leonidas Kavakos, Minnesota Orchestra
A Conductor Arrives, With a Nymph Who Flees
The New York Times
03.31.09
Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace deliver a soaring recital at Bass Performance Hall
Dallas Morning News
01.20.09
Leonidas Kavakos
Kavakos, symphony bring Tchaikovsky alive
Houston Chronicle
11.28.08
Leonidas Kavakos
One impressive feast
The Globe & Mail
10.25.08
David Robertson, Leonidas Kavakos
Hearing a Classical Score With a Contemporary Ear
The New York Times

Leonidas Kavakos is recognized across the world as a violinist and artist of rare quality, known at the highest level for his virtuosity, superb musicianship and the integrity of his playing. Born in Athens into a musical family, Kavakos's first steps as a violinist were guided by his parents. He studied at the Hellenic Conservatory with Stelios Kafantaris, who was one of the three important mentors in his life, together with Josef Gingold and Ferenc Rados.

He broke into the international music scene when he won three major violin competitions before he was 21. In 1985, he won the Sibelius Competition and he subsequently was awarded first prize for the Paganini and Naumburg competitions in 1988. These successes led to two momentous occasions in Kavakos's life: recording, for the first time in history, the original version of the Sibelius concerto (1903/4), which was recognized with a Gramophone Award; and the honor of performing on the famous "Il Cannone" Guarneri del Gesù, which belonged to Paganini ... read full bio