The violinist receives the honour in recognition of his work promoting classical music in Greek rural areas


Leonidas Kavakos |

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On 29 November 2022, Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos became a member of the Academy of Athens in recognition of his work on ’the propagation of classical music in rural Greek cities’. He was presented to the Academy by its president and general secretary Christos Zerefo.

’My selection as an Academician is a great honour!’, Kavakos wrote on social media. In addition to the presentation, he gave a speech called ’Music is Life and Life is Music’, followed by performance of the Sarabande from Bach’s Partita no.1 in B minor on his 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivari violin. 


The Academy of Athens was founded in 1926 as the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts. It aims to promote communication between the institution and academics with the other academies or their peers, as well as the exchange of views with them. Its scientific research includes study in the fields of agriculture, industry, shipping, national economy, as well as issuing interdisciplinary opinions, proposals, decisions, judgments for the enlightenment and guidance of state bodies and authorities.

Watch the presentation and performance below (in Greek):

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