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Beethoven's Piano Concertos

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Take a close look at Beethoven’s piano concertos in this study day, hosted by Dr Natasha Loges, musicologist, pianist and broadcaster.

Beethoven’s reputation as a genius keyboard improviser and master symphonic composer was well established by the time he combined the two in his first piano concerto. Composing only five across his career, leaving wake of innovation in the genre for others to both critique and embrace, Beethoven performed many of his concertos himself until his loss of hearing drew him away from his virtuosic performing towards other musical forms more suited to his inner ear.

In this study day, hear from experts from across the sector including David Wyn Jones. With live examples of the music and a Q&A with tonight's conductor Juanjo Mena and piano soloist Javier Perianes, you will discover the stories and context behind the music and what to listen out for in your concert experience.

Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music. Her publications include Brahms and his Poets (2017) and Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (with Katy Hamilton, 2014), with Musical Salon Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (with Anja Bunzel) and German Song Onstage (with Laura Tunbridge) due to be published this year. As a pianist, Loges has performed at venues including the Holywell Music Room and St John's Smith Square. She broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 programmes Record Review and Building a Library, and writes reviews for BBC Music Magazine.

David Wyn Jones is Professor of Music at Cardiff University and has written extensively on music and musical life in the classical period. As well as biographies of Haydn and Mozart in the Musical Lives series, he is author of specialist study The Symphony in Beethoven's Vienna (Cambridge University Press, 2006). In 2013, he was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to prepare a broader account of musical life in the city, Music in Vienna: 1700, 1800, 1900 (Boydell Press, 2016). He has participated in study days and pre-concert events for BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, LSO St Luke's and St John's Smith Square.

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Royal Festival Hall
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green Side


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This study day complements the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances of all of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Javier Perianes on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February.
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