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Leonidas Kavakos, violin

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“Kavakos’ tone has the character of striking high-grade silver sinew, ever beautiful, graceful and unbreakable.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

Leonidas Kavakos, a “formidable violinist” (The New York Times) and “prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique” (The Guardian, U.K.) returns to Santa Barbara after his enthralling 2017 performance with pianist Yuja Wang. A musician’s musician, Kavakos’ virtuosity will be on full display here in a program highlighting his “shining and sweet tone… but also taut muscularity and a sense of overall structure” (NPR).

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4, op. 23
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1, op. 80
Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1, Sz. 87
Enescu: Violin Sonata No. 3, op. 25