LSO International Violin Festival: Meet Gil Shaham


The LSO International Violin Festival takes place throughout April, May and June, bringing together a line-up of superstar soloists for a celebration of all things violin, from concerts on the Barbican stage featuring the cornerstones of the violin repertoire to chamber recitals, LSO Discovery events, free lunchtime concerts, and free events hosted by The Strad, featuring violin makers exhibitions and pre-concert panel discussions. Throughout the series, we're getting to know some of the stars of the Festival on the LSO blog. Today we find out about Gil Shaham, who continues the LSO International Violin Festival on Sunday 12 April with a performance of Britten's Violin Concerto.

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LSO International Violin Festival: Meet Leonidas Kavakos

The Festival launches on Wednesday 8 April with a performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1 by soloist Leonidas Kavakos. Here, we find out more about Kavakos, his violin and his previous collaborations with the LSO, and he tells us about the Shostakovich Violin Concerto and his passion for the art of violin-making.

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Cave-painting: my first lines for the launch at Khadambi’s House

I’ve never experienced a residency like this before, and I can’t imagine myself lucky enough to find another – it is truly in a land of its own.

In short, I’m creating music with the LSO and the National Trust in response to the breathtaking home of the late Khadambi Asalache at 575 Wandsworth Road – a polymath who wrote poetry, worked in the Treasury, was the son of a Kenyan chieftan, and, over thirty years, filled every wall of his house on Wandsworth road with self-made intricate wooden fretwork.

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Interview: Tugan Sokhiev

As part of our Ones to Watch series of concerts we’re putting the spotlight on seven of the brightest emerging conducting talents in the world in a series of interviews. We’ll be finding out what makes our up-and-coming conductors tick, what they think makes a great conductor great, what a baton is for and what can go wrong when you're on the podium!

This month we caught up with the Ossetian maestro Tugan Sokhiev in anticipation of his Ones to Watch concert with the LSO on 30 April 2015. He will be joined by soloist Baiba Skride* in a programme featuring works by Messiaen, Bartók and Tchaikovsky.

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Interview: David Afkham

As part of our Ones to Watch series of artist interviews Sarah Breeden caught up with conductor David Afkham ahead of his concert with the LSO at Barbican on Sunday 1 February 2015. His programme will include Webern's Passacaglia, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 with Nicholas Angelich and Brahms' Symphony No 2.

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