Camerata Salzburg Names Leonidas Kavakos Its Next Artistic Director

Classic Arts News   Camerata Salzburg Names Leonidas Kavakos Its Next Artistic Director
 
The Camerata Salzburg has appointed violinist/conductor Leonidas Kavakos its Artistic Director for a five-year term beginning with the 2007-08 season.

Kavakos succeeds Roger Norrington at the helm of the modern-instrument chamber orchestra based in Mozart's hometown. Norrington has been Chief Conductor of the ensemble since shortly after the death of its longtime director, Sšndor V_gh, in 1997; he steps down at the end of the coming season.

Kavakos, who was first appointed the Camerata Salzburg's Principal Guest Artist in the 2001-02 season, is internationally renowned as a violin soloist and chamber musician who performs with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. He has won the International Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985, aged only 18), the Naumburg Competition in New York (1988) and the Paganini Violin Competition in Genoa (1988). He received a Gramophone Award in 1991 for his recording of the Sibelius Violin Concerto on the BIS label.

His next appearances in the United States will be in November, performing Bart‹k's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony (Nov. 1-4) and the Seattle Symphony (Nov. 9-12) and Berg's Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra at home in Verizon Hall (Nov. 16-18) and at Carnegie Hall in New York (Nov. 21).

Kavakos and the Camerata Salzburg next appear together in a BBC Prom concert on September 4 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. For more information about that and future concerts, visit www.camerata.at.


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