The final of the International Telekom Beethoven Competition took place in Bonn last weekend. The event takes place every two years and pays tribute to the piano works of Beethoven, who was born in the city.
With an extremely rare gift for improvisation, the Venezuelan pianist has wowed audiences for decades. The de facto implosion of her homeland has made her an advocate for her people.
Comparing two musical performances can be like comparing apples and oranges: the differences are rooted in the artist's personality. A piano competition in Bonn stresses the human factor.
What music did Beethoven play as a youth? What saved him from suicide? "Fate" is not only in the subtitle to the Fifth Symphony — it's also the motto for this year's Beethovenfest.
In the three years since it was built, the Rosey Concert Hall on the shore of Lake Geneva has gained a reputation as Switzerland's finest classical music venue. The latest charity concert provided a case in point.
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