On 1 and 2 June, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe returns to the Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for two concerts with Leonidas Kavakos. He will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in D minor (BWV 1052) and conduct the Orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven’s epic ‘Eroica’ Symphony No. 3.
In recent years, top-class violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos has explored his twofold vocation with the COE both as a soloist and by leading various play-direct concerts in Dijon, Oviedo, Lisbon, Lucerne and most recently in Seoul. He first appeared with the COE as a soloist under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher in Stravinsky’s Concerto in D major in 2002, the same year in which he made his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This time round, it was Leonidas who invited the COE to perform in the ‘carte blanche’ season as part of his current artist residency at the Concertgebouw.
Leonidas Kavakos said the following about working with the COE:
“It is always a pleasure to work with this orchestra. It is full of spirit, respect and love for the music and full of amazingly talented players. One feels the possibilities are endless to explore and try to bring new dynamics to the music, even if it is music that is played quite often.”
Leonidas will conduct the COE in Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, which was last performed by the Orchestra at the Cité de la Musique in 2016 under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski and with Ivan Fischer at the Concertgebouw in 2010. Beethoven is at the core of the Orchestra’s repertoire, recalling memories of the award-winning box set of the complete Beethoven Symphonies recorded with Harnoncourt in 1991. The first COE performance of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony goes back to 1989 with John Eliot Gardiner at the Teatro Communale in Ferrara and the epic work has been performed numerous times ever since under Haitink, Blomstedt, Hengelbrock, Nezet-Seguin and now Kavakos.