Leonidas Kavakos is a Greek violinist born on October 30, 1967. Kavakos began studying violin at age five and continued his studies at the Greek National Conservatory with Stelios Kafantaris. Later on, a scholarship enabled him to attend master classes with Joseph Gingold at Indiana University. He made his debut in Athens in 1984. In 1985, he won the International Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, where he was the youngest contestant. He also took a first prize at the Paganini Violin Competition in 1988. His U. S. debut was in 1986. Since then, he has been concertizing all over the world. In addition to the standard repertoire as part of an extensive discography, he has recorded both known versions of the Sibelius Violin Concerto (on the BIS label). Kavakos also works as a chamber musician and as a conductor. His technique is second to none. Kavakos plays the "Abergavenny" Stradivarius of 1724 from February 2010. He has sold the "Falmouth" Stradivarius of 1692, and a 1782 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (Torino). Kavakos now owns only the Abergavenny and three modern violins (as of September 4, 2010).
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