LSO International Violin Festival

LSO International Violin Festival

12 Violin Superstars | 12 Amazing Concerts

LSO International Violin Festival

Twelve Violin Superstars,
Twelve Amazing Concerts

The LSO’s International Violin Festival, which spans April to June 2015, brings together twelve superstars of the violin world for a series of orchestral concerts, showcasing the breathtaking excitement of the violin concerto, and invites you to find out more through a programme of workshops, discussions, masterclasses and recitals.

> Browse and download the digital version of the Festival Brochure on Issuu
> View our video trailer for the Festival on YouTube


Jonathan Moulds, who is generously supporting this LSO International Violin Festival, introduces the season.

'I am delighted to welcome you to – and to be supporting – the LSO International Violin Festival. My interest in the violin goes back many years, initially as a player and now as a collector. During this Festival you will hear twelve of the world’s top violinists and some of the world’s top instruments.

The quality of workmanship underpinning the great instruments is extraordinary. In fact, many of the most exceptional Italian instruments are now 300 or more years old, with each instrument having its own character and personality. I feel proud that a number of my instruments are now on loan to some of today’s finest violinists, such as Nicola Benedetti and LSO Leader Roman Simovic. Through individuals like these, exquisite craftsmanship, illustrious history and supreme musicality can be brought together in the most breathtaking fashion.

The show-stopping evening concerts are combined with a programme of extra events, transforming the Festival into a true celebration of all things violin. At LSO St Luke’s, four leading violinists deliver a series of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts; you can get closer to the music through LSO Discovery events and online Artist Conversations; and The Strad, media partners of the Festival, will hold three The Strad Sundays, with free violin-making demonstrations during the day followed by panel discussions with expert speakers from the Barbican Hall stage.

I do hope you enjoy the collection of violinists – and violins – that the LSO has brought together for this Festival. I don’t think you will be disappointed.'

Jonathan Moulds is Chairman of the LSO Advisory Council, LSO Moving Music Campaign and LSO Development Board. He also sits on the LSO Board of Directors. The LSO is extremely grateful for Jonathan Moulds’ continued support.

Artist Interviews

Throughout April, May and June, we'll be profiling the soloists featuring in the Festival and speaking to them about their violins and the music they've chosen to perform with the LSO. Keep checking the LSO Blog for updates and more behind-the-scenes insights as the Festival continues.

> Violin Festival Artist Profile: Gil Shaham
> Violin Festival Artist Profile: Leonidas Kavakos

LSO Concerts at the Barbican

> Wed 8 Apr 2015
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No 1
Leonidas Kavakos violin
Gianandrea Noseda

> Sun 12 Apr 2015
BRITTEN Violin Concerto
Gil Shaham violin
Osmo Vänskä

Plus The Strad Sunday
10am–5.30pm, Makers Exhibition
6pm, Panel Discussion – A Guide to Violin Sound
> More info

> Sun 26 Apr 2015
SCHUBERT ARR MAHLER Death and the Maiden
SHOSTAKOVICH ARR PUSHKAREV Sonata for Violin, Percussion and String Orchestra
SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony in C minor
Roman Simovic director
LSO String Ensemble

> Thu 30 Apr 2015
BARTÓK Violin Concerto No 2
Midori violin
Tugan Sokhiev

> Sun 3 May 2015
SZYMANOWSKI Violin Concerto No 1
Nicola Benedetti violin
Krzysztof Urbanski conductor

Plus The Strad Sunday
3–5.30pm, Makers Exhibition
6pm, Panel Discussion – Surviving Orchestral Auditions
More info

> Thu 7 May 2015
BRAHMS Violin Concerto
Isabelle Faust violin
Semyon Bychkov

> Tue 12 May 2015
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
Nikolaj Znaider violin
Valery Gergiev

> Sun 24 May 2015
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Daniel Harding

> Tue 2 Jun 2015
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
Janine Jansen violin
Daniel Harding

> Sun 7 Jun 2015
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
James Ehnes violin
Marin Alsop

> Wed 10 Jun 2015
ANDRÉ PREVIN Violin Concerto 'Anne-Sophie'
Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
André Previn

> Sun 14 Jun 2015
MOZART Violin Concerto No 3
Alina Ibragimova violin
Bernard Haitink

> Sun 28 Jun 2015
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
Joshua Bell violin
Pablo Heras-Casado

Plus The Strad Sunday
3–5.30pm, Makers Exhibition
6pm, Panel Discussion – Making Instrument Lessons Fun for Kids
More info


The Strad Sundays

Sun 12 Apr, 3 May, 28 Jun 2015
The Strad celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone partners with the LSO International Violin Festival to host three free violin makers’ exhibitions in the Barbican Centre's Fountain Room. The first exhibition, on 12 April, runs from 10am–5.30pm; and the second and third, on 3 May and 28 June, from 3pm–5.30pm. The Strad Sundays also feature three pre-concert talks on the Barbican Hall stage – on violin sound, orchestral auditioning and instrument teaching – running from 6–6.45pm.

> Sun 12 Apr: Full Information
> Sun 3 May: Full Information
Sun 28 Jun: Full Information

Free entry, no ticket required


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts

Thu 12 May; 11, 18 & 25 Jun 2015 1pm, 
LSO St Luke's
The Festival extends to LSO St Luke’s and on to BBC Radio 3 with four lunchtime recitals featuring violinists in the Barbican series: Christian Tetzlaff, James Ehnes and Nicola Benedetti, along with rising star Veronika Eberle.

Thu 21 May: Christian Tetzlaff
Thu 11 Jun: James Ehnes
Thu 18 Jun: Veronika Eberle
Thu 25 Jun: Nicola Benedetti


Discover More

Fri 1 & 22 May; 12 & 26 Jun 2015, LSO St Luke’s
Join regular presenter Rachel Leach in these free LSO Discovery lunchtime concerts featuring LSO violinists and students at the Guildhall School.
> Fri 1 May: David Alberman
> Fri 22 May: Roman Simovic
> Fri 12 Jun: Guildhall School Violinists
> Fri 26 Jun: Maxine Kwok-Adams & Philip Nolte

Fri 10 Apr 2015 2pm
LSO Leader Roman Simovic answers your questions.
Watch live on YouTube

Wed 29 Apr 2015 6.30–8.30pm, Guildhall School Lecture Recital Room
Watch from the audience as Midori coaches young musicians from the Guildhall School. 
Free entry; advance booking essential
> More info

Sun 21 Jun 10am–5.30pm, Barbican & LSO St Luke's
Featuring access to a morning LSO rehearsal and an afternoon of chamber music and talks, including a performance of Beethoven's 'Razumovsky' String Quartet Op 59 No 1, performed by LSO musicians.
> More info

Tue 23 Jun 6pm, LSO St Luke's
80 young musicians from schools in the boroughs of Bexley and Tower Hamlets perform alongside LSO musicians and star violinist Nicola Benedetti, playing a new commission by composer Michael Betteridge.
> More info


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