Leonidas Kavakos (with Enrico Pace) Releases Beethoven: Violin Sonatas 

Leonidas Kavakos
Rebecca Davis Public Relations

Greek virtuoso brings his fabled sweetness of tone to Beethoven’s Sonatas to be released January 15th, 2013

Performances in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC and Houston throughout the spring

“The Greek violinist has risen to the top of his profession in tandem with artistic evolution that few artists experience over a lifetime, much less a dozen years.” The Philadelphia Inquirer 

NEW YORK, NY – December 20, 2012 – Acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos makes his Decca debut on January 15th, 2013 with his first complete recording of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas, launching an exclusive recording contract with Decca Classics that will also see him record the Brahms Violin Concerto (with Riccardo Chailly) and the complete solo violin works of Bach.

Recorded in partnership with the Italian pianist Enrico Pace, the new set of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas is being released after the performance of the complete sonata cycle by Kavakos and Pace at the Salzburg Festival in August 2012. Composed over a 15-year period that witnessed Beethoven’s prodigious development from a provocatively bold, often slyly humorous early style to the first intimations of his more serenely visionary late style, the 10 Beethoven Violin Sonatas constitute one of the pinnacle achievements of the classical chamber music repertoire.   A recent review in the Buffalo News described the onstage partnership between Kavakos and Pace as having all the outward appearance of “a study in contrast, like the Odd Couple, but together these two opposites make magic”, while the Dallas Morning News said “the silken sweetness of Kavakos’s Stradivarius was beyond beautiful”

Kavakos will spend much of this coming winter and spring In the United States, performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw under Mariss Jansons at both the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall. He appears with the Houston Symphony in March and an engagement with the New York Philharmonic in June finishes his string of high profile US appearances this season (complete dates here).