The Beethovenfest Bonn is the musical highlight of the year for the City of Bonn and its outlying region. Every year the festival presents from 50 to 60 concerts with distinguished, internationally renowned artists, ensembles and productions.
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The Beethoven-Haus in Bonn will become a focus of international attention in the jubilee year of 2020. It is here that Beethoven was born in 1770. Today his life and works are studied and brought to life in performances, scholarship and archival work at the place of his birth.
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Beethoven Orchester Bonn
The history of this orchestra dates back to 1907. Conductors of the stature of Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Volker Wangenheim, Dennis Russell Davies and Kurt Masur elevated it into the front rank of German orchestras. Since the 2017-18 season it has been headed by Bonn’s general music director, Dirk Kaftan.
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The Theater Bonn, a multi-disciplinary house, has had a significant influence on the cultural offerings of the city and region of Bonn, with numerous in-house productions of opera, theatre and ‘Sector 4’ (Children’s and Young People’s Theatre) as well as international visiting performances of dance, concerts, readings and special events.
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster. Journalistically independent, DW communicates a comprehensive impression of Germany, presenting events and developments from German as well as other perspectives, and in so doing fosters an understanding between cultures and peoples. At the same time, DW provides access to the German language. Deutsche Welle is governed under public law and fulfils its legal mandate with its platforms of television, radio and internet. DW represents a profound, reliable outlet of information in 30 languages. The DW headquarters in Bonn and its office in Berlin are home to around 1,500 permanent employees and the same number of freelancers from 60 different nations.
WDR, based in Cologne, is a public institution and belongs to the public broadcasting institution ARD. In addition to WDR television and six radio programs, the WDR also provides numerous multimedia and digital platforms. As the leading medium of information in the West of Germany, the WDR supports social integration and cultural diversity in Germany and offers groundbreaking orientation - through its journalistic high-quality, independent reporting, its quality awareness and experience, but also through innovative, cross-media implemented concepts or smart production methods. With its platforms on the radio, television and internet, the WDR reaches 86 percent of the population in North Rhine-Westphalia each week.
The Vienna-based IMZ International Music + Media Centre is a global business network which connects the creators of the performing arts – the world’s renowned stages, dance companies, opera and concert houses – with the audiovisual branches – film and TV production, distribution, public and private broadcasting. It was founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1961 to preserve the performing arts as a cultural asset. The IMZ database, cultivated over 50 years, encompasses 25.000 entries and gives an instant overview over the history as well as today’s state-of-the-art music and dance films.
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
The Beethoven Academy Orchestra is one of Poland’s leading symphony orchestras of the young generation. It is made up of the most outstanding students and graduates of European higher musical education institutions. The ensemble started its activity in 2003, following the success at the 53rd Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth. Since its inception, the orchestra has been under the artistic and organisational care of Marcin Klejdysz. The BAO has been a regular guest in prestigious concert halls in Europe and overseas such as Alte Oper Frankfurt, Musikverein in Vienna, Great Hall of People in Beijing, Xinhai Concert Hall, Sanat Concert Hall in Istanbul or Konzerthaus in Berlin.
The board of artistic advisers of the Beethoven Anniversary Society makes recommendations on project subsidies in excess of € 10,000. Applications for subsidies less than that amount are decided upon by the Society alone. Click here for more information on the board of artistic advisers.