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Violinist Leonidas Kavakos & Pianist Enrico Pace Perform at Richardson Auditorium February 27, 2014

February 4, 2014


Princeton University Concerts presents the Princeton debut of Grammy-nominated violinist Leonidas Kavakos in an all-Beethoven program with pianist Enrico Pace on February 27, 2014 at 8PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.   A pre-concert talk, free for ticketholders, will be given by Princeton Professor Scott Burnham at 7PM. Tickets are $45, $35, $20 General, $10, $5 Students.  Please call 609-258-9220 or visit

One of classical music's hottest properties, Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos regularly concertizes with the world's greatest orchestras, but his recitals in this country are a precious few.  Together with pianist Enrico Pace, Kavakos will perform three of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas, including two written just before the composer penned his Heiligenstadt Testament, in which he explained that encroaching deafness was responsible for his withdrawal from society. 

The complete program follows:

BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
                                Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring"
                                Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96, "The Cockcrow" 
Leonidas Kavakos is recognized across the world as a violinist and artist of rare quality, known at the highest level for his virtuosity, superb musicianship and the integrity of his playing. Born in Athens into a musical family, Kavakos's first steps as a violinist were guided by his parents. He studied at the Hellenic Conservatory with Stelios Kafantaris, who was one of the three important mentors in his life, together with Josef Gingold and Ferenc Rados.

He broke into the international music scene when he won three major violin competitions before he was 21. In 1985, he won the Sibelius Competition and he subsequently was awarded first prize for the Paganini and Naumburg competitions in 1988. These successes led to two momentous occasions in Kavakos's life: recording, for the first time in history, the original version of the Sibelius concerto (1903/4), which was recognized with a Gramophone Award; and the honor of performing on the famous "Il Cannone" Guarneri del Gesù, which belonged to Paganini.

Since 2012, Kavakos has been an exclusive Decca recording artist. His first release on the label, the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Enrico Pace, resulted in the award of 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2013 ECHO Klassik Awards in Germany. In conjunction with the CD release, Kavakos presented the Beethoven cycle in many European cities, including London and Vienna with Emanuel Ax; Amsterdam, Milan (where he and Pace were awarded the prestigious Abbiati Prize) and the Salzburg Festival with Enrico Pace, where the cycle was filmed for the Bayerischer Rundfunk. The complete Beethoven cycle with Pace is presented this season in New York's Carnegie Hall as well as in the Far East. 

Born in Rimini, Italy, Enrico Pace studied piano with Franco Scala both at the Rossini Conservatory, Pesaro, where he graduated in Conducting and Composition, and later at the International Piano Academy. Jacques De Tiège was a valued mentor. Winning the Utrecht International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in 1989 marked the beginning of his international career.  Since then Enrico Pace has toured extensively, performing in cities such as Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Milan (Sala Verdi and Teatro alla Scala), Rome, Berlin, London (Wigmore Hall), Dublin, Munich, Salzburg, Prague and various cities in South America.  A very popular soloist, he has performed with many major orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symphoniker, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Pace enjoys on-going partnerships with violinists Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Liza Ferschtman. With Mr. Kavakos and cellist Patrick Demenga he recorded the piano trios by Mendelssohn (Sony Classical). His recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for piano and violin with Mr. Kavakos was released by Decca Classics in January 2013.

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WHEN Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8PM
             Pre-concert talk by Professor Scott Burnham at 7PM, free to ticketholders.

WHERE Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS $45, $35, $20 ($10, $5 for students) available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

MASTERCLASS Enrico Pace will give a masterclass with Princeton students on Wednesday, February 26,  time and place TBA, please check our website for more information.  Free and open to the public.

PHOTOS Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or or download at

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