Dear music lovers,
Welcome to the 17th International Music Festival celebrating the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Beethoven composed in all the main genres of classical music, including symphonies, concertos, string quartets, piano works and one opera. His works range from requiring a solo performer to needing a large orchestra and chorus to perform.
Like much of Beethoven's work, his piano music can vary depending on when it was composed, what he was thinking about and, crucially, how grumpy he was. There's a fantastic range of moods to explore, from the light and humorous stuff to the dark and stormy struggles of a tormented soul. So brace yourself and get ready to experience Beethoven, the pianist.
Anton Isselhardt, Festival Director