This week, Deutsche Grammophon announced that it will begin a ‘long-term association’ with 15-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovitj. Lozakovitj, the youngest musician currently signed to the label, will record one of the violin repertoire’s most mature works in his first release: the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
Lozakovitj was 13 when he gave this performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi. He plays with a combination of effortless, natural charm and soulfulness. It will be interesting to see how he transitions in the coming years from prodigy to adulthood.
Mozart wrote this youthful music in 1775 at the age of 19. If this is your first time hearing this concerto, consider all the ways the final Rondo movement could end. Then, listen to the surprising way the music says, “goodbye.”
Here are a few more live concert clips featuring Daniel Lozakovitj: