Performed in a different European city each year, the incomparable Berlin Philharmonic's annual Europakonzert commemorates the orchestra's 1882 founding while celebrating the cultural life of the European community.
The 2005 Europakonzert takes place in Budapest, the capital of the then new European Union member Hungary.
At the impressive State Opera House in Budapest, the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of their music director Sir Simon Rattle perform works by Bartók, Stravinsky and Berlioz. The Soloist for Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2 is Leonidas Kavakos. The Greek violinist has established himself as one of the most sought-after young virtuosos and appears regularly with leading orchestras and in recital throughout the world.
Berliner Philharmoniker - Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Gidon Kremer (violin)
Europakonzert 2002, Palermo
Jean-François Zygel's Music Lessons
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre et Choeurs de l'ORTF