A new recording of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos has been signed to the Sony Classical label – and his first UK release is an outstanding one.

Winner of both the Sibelius and Paganini violin competitions, Kavakos is established as one of the world's leading violinists. He appears in concert throughout the world at many of the major international festivals specialising in chamber music and recitals.

This all-Mendelssohn disc focuses primarily on the famous Violin Concerto, which sees Kavakos joined by Camerata Salzburg (where he holds the position of Artistic Director) also included here are a couple of beautiful piano trios.

Kavakos will be visiting the UK in the Autumn to play a series of concerts at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, London. From 25 November to 1 December 2009 he will perform Berg's Violin Concerto with Southbank Centre Resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Vladimir Jurowski and a recital with American pianist Nicholas Angelich at the Queen Elizabeth Hall .

Sam Jackson
Classic FM's Executive Producer Music & Events