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Rome, Leonidas Kavakos on the podium of Santa Cecilia, for Remembrance Day conducts a piece written in the Theresienstadt camp
It is the Study for Strings' by Pavel Haas; Also on the program are Prokofiev and Mozart with Kirill Gerstein on the piano
Organized by: National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation

National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation Presenta

“ Concert Season 2023 -24 | Symphony ”
Get back to Rome, on the podium ofNational Academy of Santa Cecilia, the famous Greek violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos: on the occasion of Memorial Day (January 27) in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the 25, 26 and 27 January 2024 toAuditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone he will lead the Cecilian orchestra in a touching program that opens on the notes of Study for strings by the Czech composer of Jewish origin Pavel Haas (1899 -1944), written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Haas, The son of a watchmaker, he began studying music at a very young age and from 1920 to 1922 he was a student of Leos Janačék. In 1941 he was arrested by German troops and deported to Theresienstadt camp, where he composed the Etude, performed there in September 1944 under the direction of Karel Ancerl (later director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). On October 16, 1944, Haas was transferred to Auschwitz, where he died the following day. Once the war was over, Ancerl fortunately found the orchestral parts of the piece in the Lager, saving them from oblivion.

The evening will continue with Concert K 466 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Russian but naturalized American pianist is a soloist Kirill Gerstein which debuted in Santa Cecilia in 2014. Among Mozart's most beloved piano concertos, composed in 1785, the Concerto in D minor K 466 with its dramatic connotation and its lyricism opens new frontiers, leaving behind the gallant and anticipating romantic atmospheres.

In closing, Kavakos will propose the Symphony n. 6 of Sergej Prokofiev, among the greatest symphonic masterpieces of the Russian composer, performed for the first time in 1947 in Leningrad under the direction of the legendary Yevgeny Mravinsky. «In composing it I strove to express in music my admiration for the spiritual strength of man», wrote Prokofiev about this work.


(Leonidas Kavakos, photocredit Jan Olav Wedin; Kirill Gerstein, credit Marco Borggreve)
Rome, Leonidas Kavakos on the podium of Santa Cecilia, for Remembrance Day conducts a piece written in the Theresienstadt camp

Other information of interest

Leonidas Kavakos (Athens 1967) he won two prestigious violin competitions at a very young age, the Sibelius in 1985 and the Paganini in '88, but in recent years he has intensified his performances as a conductor, climbing onto the podium of leading orchestras such as the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, with which he performed in 2011, 2012 and 2018.

Kirill Gerstein, a regular guest of the major orchestras, explores a very vast repertoire that extends from Bach to contemporary music: Thomas Adés wrote a Piano Concerto for him, later recorded by the same pianist and nominated for a Grammy.


Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia

director Leonidas Kavakos
piano Kirill Gerstein


Pavel Haas
Study for strings
(on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2024)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto K 466

Sergej Prokofiev
Symphony n. 6


January 25, 2024 at 7.30 pm
26 January 2024 at 8.30pm
January 27, 2024 at 6.00 pm

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