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Beethoven in his time


Registration start for “Beethoven in his time”
New international competition for historical performance practise

 Siegburg. A very special premiere emerges in the program of the Beethoven year 2020: The competition “Beethoven in his time” for strings and fortepiano. From now on, young specialists in historical performance practice can register for their participation in the competition. The competition runs from 13 to 18 October 2020.

 A three times unique competition

The new competition represents a novelty in three respects. Not only is it the first Beethoven competition in historical performance practice, but also the first Beethoven competition for violin and cello in general. Another novelty lies in the focus on Beethoven and composers from his Bonn and Viennese surroundings.

Awards and jury

There are cash prizes with a total of over € 30,000. In addition, a CD production and numerous concert engagements and special prices.

The top-class jury is an overall jury for all participating ensembles and consists of Kristian Bezuidenhout (ZA / AU), Stefan Gottfried (AUT), Viola de Hoog (NL), Richard Lorber (GER), Petra Müllejans (GER), Jacqueline Ross (GB) and Marco Testori (I).


The following instrumentations may take part as a duo or trio: violin and fortepiano | Cello and Fortepiano | Trio violin, violoncello and fortepiano. The average age within an ensemble must be less than 36 years.

The participants are given great freedom in order to support the compilation of an individual and imaginative free to choose repertoire. Self-initiative in the discovery of pieces and arrangements, that go beyond the recommendation list, is even encouraged.

Background of the competition

Siegburg is located in the neighbourhood of Beethoven’s birthplace Bonn. The new competition was developed due to the upcoming Beethoven year 2020. It takes up the increasing importance of the historical performance practice in contemporary music and nowadays in musician training also.

Cooperation Network

The organizer of the competition “Beethoven in his time” is the Musikwerkstatt Siegburg in the sponsorship of the Stadtbetriebe Siegburg AöR. The project is funded by theBTHVN2020-Jubiläums-Gesellschaft, the VR-Bank Rhein-Sieg, the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhein-Sieg district, the federal city of Bonn and other partners.

Kind regards,
Philipp Haug

Stadtbetriebe Siegburg AöR

– ein Kommunalunternehmen der KREISSTADT SIEGBURG –

Nogenter Platz 10
53721 Siegburg

Telefon: +49 (0) 2241-2502806
mobil: +49 (0) 176-17710339

e-Mail: philipp.haug@siegburg.de
e-Mail: beethoven@siegburg.de

Web: beethoven.siegburg.de


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