Beethoven and the Piano

Masterclasses, Symposium, Concerts

November 2nd-6th, Aula Magna CSI

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. In Germany and all over the world, this anniversary will be celebrated with many musicological activities and symposia.

Among them, the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (CSI) and the Hochschule der Kunste Bern (HKB), with the scientific support of the Beethoven-Haus of Bonn and the Società Musicologica Italianadedicate a week of studies and activities to his figure.

The main theme is Beethoven's keyboard music and his historically informed performing practice, which is combining traditional musicology and artistic/performing practice approaches.

Stimulated by this proposal, some of the internationally most recognized Beethoven scholars have accepted the invitation.
The lectures will focus on three main topics:

- philology (examination of printed editions, manuscripts, sketches)

- context (organology, contemporary reception, publishing market)

- and most importantly, contemporary performing practice (relationship between notation and performing practice, dynamics, pedalling, metronome marks, rhythmic flexibility, embellishments, improvisation, etc.).

The conference is addressed not only to keyboard players but also to all kind of instrumentalists as well as singers: it’s a unique opportunity to explore key elements of Beethovenian sources and related performance practices, elements which transversal to each instrumental / vocal class.

To complete the conference, there will be two instrumental masterclasses held by Tom Beghin (keyboards, chamber music) and Alfredo Berardini of the Zefiro ensemble (wind instruments, chamber music).

The program will also be enriched with two concerts, which will be covered by Rete Due RSI: the first with Tom Beghin and Alessandro Moccia, the second with the Ensemble Zefiro and Leonardo Miucci.


2-3 November, Alfredo Bernardini
3 November, Tom Beghin


4-6 November

Keynote speakers

  • Christine Siegert
  • Barry Cooper
  • Tom Beghin
  • Clive Brown
  • Michael Ladenburger


4 November, 20:30, Aula Magna CSI 
Tom Beghin and Alessandro Moccia

5 November, 20:30, Aula Magna CSI
Zefiro Ensemble and Leonardo Miucci


Price for auditors (masterclasses, conferences, and concerts): CHF 50.-

Price for each concert:
CHF 15.- ordinary ticket
CHF 10.- AVSI/AI, Lugano Card and Amici CSI
CSI and HKB students free entry




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