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London Symphony Orchestra nets top violinists for 2010-11 season

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The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) seems to be taking over where this summer’s BBC Proms leaves off when it comes to violin-heavy seasons. Proms artists James Ehnes, Julia Fischer and Leonidas Kavakos will be among the 14 violinists performing concertos with the LSO during 2010 and 2011.

The orchestra is devoting an Artist Portrait focus to Viktoria Mullova, who will play the Beethoven and Stravinsky concertos as well as Prokofiev’s Second Concerto. Other big names heading to the Barbican include Sarah Chang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Nikolaj Znaider and Janine Jansen. Aside from the standard repertoire concertos, there is a chance to hear Michael Daugherty’s 2003 concerto Fire and Blood, performed by Vadim Gluzman.