Leonidas Kavakos performs Brahms's Violin Concerto with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi in celebration of his Léonie Sonning Music Prize win. The recording was made for Danmarks Radio in January 2017.
Worth €100,000, the award is Denmark’s highest musical honour and has been given annually to an internationally recognised composer, instrumentalist, conductor or singer since 1959.
Former Léonie Sonning prize winners include Yehudi Menuhin (1972), Isaac Stern (1982), Gidon Kremer (1989), Anne-Sophie Mutter (2001), Mstislav Rostropovich (1981), Benjamin Britten (1968), Leonard Bernstein (1965) and Igor Stravinsky (1959).
Read: ‘I’m exhausted by the time I reach the Sibelius third movement,’ says violinist Leonidas Kavakos