Following his victories at both the Sibelius and Paganini competitions in 1985 and 1988, Leonidas Kavakos quickly became one of the most sough-after violinists of the classical musical scene. He will play in a trio fomation with cellist Clemens Hagen (passionate about chamber music, he founded the Hagen Quartet ensemble) and Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin. This latter is very well known for exploring various rare or unknown repertoires, but his talent also serves piano masterpieces, with a constant will to defy the limits of the instrument.
Before Beethoven, trios for piano were very rare. Kavakos, Hagen and Hamelin will open the concert with his Trio for piano and strings No. 3 in C Minor. As far as Mendelssohn's Trio for piano and strings No. 1 is concerned, it was composed in 1839 and performed for the first time in Leipzig on February 1st 1840, with violinist Ferdinand David, cellist Karl Wittmann and the composer himself on the piano.
Photo: © Nicolas Brodard.
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Verbier Festival 2011