Motto - Metamorphoses

“Metamorphoses” is the motto we have chosen for the Beethovenfest Bonn 2013. This motto is reflected in various ways in the festival programme: in musical forms such as variations, arrangements, adaptations; in questions of staging; through boundary-crossers who transplant their traditional roots into new musical forms; and through composers who further develop genre traditions established by Beethoven. Ensembles such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Paavo Järvi and Kent Nagano, the NDR Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Hengelbrock and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with Jonathan Nott are, as “resident orchestras”, presenting their own positions as traditions change. András Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Rudolf Buchbinder and many other outstanding soloists will be introducing their Beethoven interpretations for the twenty-first century. Among the musicians demonstrating their versatility both programmatically and in respect of concert formats are Martin Grubinger, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Cameron Carpenter, Dorothee Oberlinger, David Fray and Pekka Kuusisto. Their performances are so compelling that they sweep their audiences – that means you! – directly into their musical worlds.
I should like to thank all our backers, sponsors and foundations along with our patron, state premier Hannelore Kraft, for the years of confidence they have shown in the Beethovenfest and our programmes, and for their magnificent support!


Ilona Schmiel
Director of the Beethovenfest Bonn