Interview: Krzysztof Urbanski

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! 

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Put your ears to the test: can you pick out the Strad?

At the first The Strad Sunday of the LSO International Violin Festival on Sunday 12 April, The Strad held a fun, informal test at the Barbican of six demonstrationed by the LSO's very own Leader Roman Simovic. Out of the six violins, can you tell which one is the Strad? Have a go by listening to this recording.

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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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Getting to know Dogs Don't Do Ballet author, Anna Kemp

The next LSO Family Concert on Sunday 26 April 2015 is based on Anna Kemp’s hit 2010 book Dogs Don’t Do Ballet. It stars pug pup Biff who doesn't like ordinary canine stuff like peeing on lampposts or scratching fleas. Biff loves moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina! But dogs don’t do ballet ... do they? LSO Customer Service Assistant, Felicity Hindle, caught up with Anna to find out more.

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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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