Leonidas Kavakos Performs Bach in Epidaurus
65 Years Athens & Epidaurus Festival Special Event

The 2020 edition of the Epidaurus Festival opens with a world-class, special surprise event, marking 65 years of rich, continuous history for the Festival.

On 17 July, Leonidas Kavakos, one of the world’s leading violinists, will stand, completely alone, at the centre of the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, where he will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, in a concert that is widely expected to be a milestone in the history of the Festival.

The iconic ancient theatre will host a major musical event, a landmark moment offering us an expanded, creative experience of this Festival venue, and ‘inhabiting’ it in a startling, unconventional manner.

Kavakos’ appearance in Epidaurus harks back to the primary function of Theatre as a place of healing, relief and therapy.

In the greatest healing centre of the ancient world, the Sanctuary of god Asclepius, Leonidas Kavakos shares with us a rare, uplifting moment, a musical prayer for the age of the pandemic.

In the midst of this great challenge for humanity, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival sends out a message of hope, offering an atmospheric experience to the audience.

Evening programme:


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Partita No. 3 in E major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006



Gavotte en Rondeau

Menuett I

Menuett II




Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001


Fuga (Allegro)




Partita No. 2 in D minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004







Leonidas Kavakos, violin


Running time 70΄ (no interval)

The Athens & Epidaurus Festival will be realised in compliance with the special directives issued by the Ministry of Health, with consideration for public health and a sense of responsibility towards the public and artists.

Audiences are kindly requested to arrive at the venue 90’ prior to the start of the performance, to avoid inconvenience, in compliance with the health authorities’ instructions.

All seats (upper and lower tier) are numbered.

All tickets are strictly personal and non-transferable.

During ticket purchase, the name of the person using the specific ticket must be submitted.

Please read about the special protection measures adopted by the Festival with regard to COVID-19

Duration 1 hour 15 minutes, with 2 intervals

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

  • 17/07/2020 at 21:00


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