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Gemälde von Joseph Karl Stieler: Portrait Beethovens mit der Partitur zur Missa SolemnisPhoto (Detail): © Joseph Karl Stieler

Beethoven 250

Ludwig van Beethoven (* 1770 in Bonn, + 1827 in Vienna) is known all over the world. The German composer and pianist was a pioneer of the Romantic period, that led classical music in Vienna to a higher level. He reshaped music and gave new meaning to terms such as "sonata", "symphony" or "concert". Influenced by the spirit of the French Revolution, Beethoven dreamt of a society "created by the individual and free from hierarchical structures, a society in which the free development of individuals is the ultimate purpose". His 250th birthday was celebrated around the globe in 2020.

Ode for all

A participative choir project of the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of the Beethoven Year 2020

Video: Goethe-Institut/Hasan Hüseyin Güneş
Ode for All – Choir rehearsal in Istanbul

The "Ode to Joy" was composed by Schiller in 1785. Several decades later, Beethoven congenially set it to music in the last movement of his 9th symphony. Its core messages "all men become brothers" and "Be Embraced, You Millions" have been unifying countries, continents and generations on many occasions: for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as a giant sing-along concert or as the European anthem.

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A portrait of the Kuss Quartet Photo: MolinaVisuals

Two evening of string quartets by Beethoven

Besides his famous symphonies, Beethoven composed 16 string quartets and one great fugue for string players. On two evenings in May the established Kuss Quartet from Berlin will play Beethoven's string quartets at The Shoe Factory. The Kuss Quartet with Jana Kuss (violin), Oliver Wille (violin), William Coleman (viola) and Mikayel Hakhnazaryan (cello) ranks amongst the world’s most renowned ensembles and performs in Europe, the USA, South America and Japan.

The Kuss Quartet won numerous international awards at the Bubenreuth Competition (1997), Karl-Klingler Competition (Berlin, 1998) and at the International String Quartet Competition (Banff, Canada, 2001).
In June 2002, the quartet was awarded the first prize in the Premio Paolo Borchian Competition in Reggio Emilia/Italy and was a "Rising Star" of the European Concert Hall Organization. As a result, the Rising Star Program has taken them from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, from the Vienna Concert Hall to the Philharmonie in Cologne, from Athens Concert Hall to Birmingham Symphony Hall and from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Philharmonie in Berlin, their home city. The Kuss Quartet was supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra led by German conductor Jens Georg Bachmann Photo: Cyprus Symphony Orchestra/Kyriakos Arkatites

Concert Series by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra

Cancelled due to Coronavirus
The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra celebrated the Beethoven Year in a concert series led by German conductor Jens Georg Bachmann. During four concerts, the orchestra performed some of Beethoven's most important symphonic works, with the participation of piano soloists Cyprien Katsaris and Andrey Gavrilov as well as young music students from Cyprus.