Beethoven and the Piano

Masterclasses, Online-Conference, Concerts in streaming

November 2nd-7th

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 Künste Bern (HKB), with the scientific support of the Beethoven-Haus of Bonn and the Italian Musicological Societydedicate a week of studies and activities to his figure.


[*] Credits picture: L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata op. 110, Adagio ma non troppo - with the kind permission of Beethoven-Haus Bonn (Sammlung H. C. Bodmer, HCB Boh 2/42)

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 an instrumental masterclasses held by Olga Pashchenko (fortepiano).

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




3 November, Olga Pashchenko


4-7 November

Among the speakers:

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

Concerts in streaming

4 November, 20:30
Olga Pashchenko

5 November, 20:30
Zefiro Ensemble and Leonardo Miucci

Program of the concerts


The concerts will be broadcasted in live streaming on


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