The talented, avant-pop violinist Amadéus Leopold arrives at Meltdown ahead of the release of his debut album and having gained fans including Madonna, Scissor Sisters, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.
Even at the grand old age of 25, Amadéus Leopold has had quite a career already. He made his international debut at the age of 12 at the Grammy Awards, was the first classical artist to grace the cover of the fashion bible i-D Magazine, and he recently gave a politically-charged performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on the day of President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage at the Lincoln Center, New York.
Ahead of the show, Amadéus Leopold said:
"My performance '1987' - conceived exclusively for Meltdown - is dedicated to Yoko Ono for the immeasurable influence she has had in my life as a musician and performer, especially through her seminal book Grapefruit which introduced me to performance art at age 15 and the album Season Of Glass, the soundtrack of my last 10 years in New York City.
'1987' is my avant-classical love letter to Yoko, with the help of twenty of my favorite classical composers including John Cage, Arvo Pärt, Barbara White and Olivier Messiaen."