This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Join the BGA on Zoom on Thursday 30 July at 6pm BST to mark this special occasion together with the Royal College of Music!

How far does Beethoven’s work reflect the Viennese classical tradition, and how far does it challenge established norms? How should the composer be celebrated in the 21st century?

Malte Boecker will give a talk on Beethoven’s life and legacy. Mr Boecker is the Director of the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Germany and Artistic Director of the Beethoven Anniversary Society, which is in charge of coordinating and marketing Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020 on behalf of the German Federal Government, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhein-Sieg Kreis and the city of Bonn. Previously Mr Boecker worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation and for the artistic directorship of the 1999 European Capital of Culture (Weimar). In this context, he helped found the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, initiated by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said.

The event will be chaired by Caterina Grewe, a German-Japanese Pianist and Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London. Ms Grewe has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, continental Europe and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She has given recitals in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Steinway Hall London and Hamburg, and at venues in Dublin, Barcelona, and Moscow amongst others. Ms Grewe has also given recitals which were broadcast by the BBC, the NDR in Hamburg and France Musique in Paris. She has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and the Dublin International Piano Competition.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers after the discussion.