What We Do

OUR AIMS AND HISTORY

The Beethoven Society of Europe constitutes an international forum for professional and amateur pianists, teachers, musicologists and music lovers for the greater appreciation of Beethoven’s piano music in all its aspects. The Society’s primary aims are the promotion of the authentic interpretation of all of Beethoven’s music for or involving piano, orchestral, chamber or vocal genres, and the deeper awareness of his pianistic oeuvre as a whole.

Our activities concern the enrichment of performance, interpretation and reception, and include lecture-recitals, study days and masterclasses by international scholars and concert artists, concert series which offer a special platform to young artists of promise and established professionals, as well as competitions and concerts and publications.

The Beethoven Society of Europe celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2013. The Society was launched at a Beethoven Day at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on 28 March 1993, with an initial steering committee of distinguished pianists and scholars, including the late Kendall Taylor CBE, Peter Feuchtwanger, Carola Grindea and J. Audrey Ellison, Professor Malcolm Troup, Alberto Portugheis and Malcolm Miller.

ACTIVITIES

A variety of events are organised by the Society to encourage the highest standards of interpretation and scholarship. Among them are:

  • An Annual Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition for the Beethoven Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The Senior Competition takes places in November/December, and the Junior Competition each Spring.
  • An Annual Summer Festival, Oxford Street, W1.
  • Regular lunchtime concert series featuring young artists at venues such as St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Regent Hall, and St Barnabas Millennium Hall featuring outstanding young artists and acclaimed interpreters.

The Society promotes a wide contextual understanding of Beethoven’s oeuvre through an emphasis on less familiar works by Beethoven and his contemporaries. Specially themed concerts series addressing broader issues have included ‘Beethoven and Suppressed Music’, ‘Pianists of the World’ and ‘Beethoven and Youth’.

PUBLICATIONS

Society publications include regular newsletters, distributed to members two times a year, and Arietta. The newsletter contains information about events and reports, while the journal Arietta features articles by renowned scholars and interviews with leading concert artists, as well as reviews and news.

Corporate Members

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
– Ludwig van Beethoven –

Officers and Patrons

OFFICERS

Hon. UK President
Sir András Schiff CBE

Hon. European President
Ronald Brautigam

European Vice Presidents
Martha Argerich
Stephen Kovacevich

Chairman
Julian Jacobson

Vice Chairman
Melvyn Cooper

Journal Editor
Malcolm Miller

Committee Members
Angela Brownridge
Bobby Chen
Martin Cotton
Nadia Lasserson
Karl Lutchmayer

Treasurer
Clive Nunn

Historical Performance Consultant
Geoffrey Govier

Membership Secretary
Paul Fox

Administrator
Yvonne Cheng

PATRONS

The Master, The worshipful Company of Musicians
Diane Andersen
Sulamita Aronovsky
Ronald Brautigam
W.C.L Brown CBE
Prof. Barry Cooper
Marcella Crudeli
Jonathan Del Mar
Peter Frankl
Renna Kellaway
Paul Lewis
John Lill CBE
Murray McLachlan
Dominique Merlet
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
Dr. Alan Walker OC

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