Event Detail

Beethoven - A Global Phenomenon

in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Berlin

Beethoven - A Global Phenomenon

Virtual event with invited experts

Thursday, January 28, 2021
6:00-7:00 PM

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is the most frequently performed classical composer in the world.  His works belong to the cultural heritage of all humanity.  Interest in his music has remained unabated for centuries and become a global phenomenon. Three Beethoven experts from Germany and the U.S. will illustrate some fascinating facts about the iconic German composer's incredible life and shed some light on the global influence he had on the classical music world, but also the modern music era.

Malte Boecker is the director of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn and artistic director of BTHVN2020 Ltd., which was mandated by the German government, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city of Bonn to coordinate and market the Beethoven anniversary in 2020.  Before his current position, Mr. Boecker worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation and at the manager's office of Weimar 1999 - European Capital of Culture.  There he oversaw the foundation of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra consisting of Arab and Israeli musicians, initiated by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said.

Dr. Julia Ronge is a musicological researcher at the Beethoven Archive in Bonn, Germany. She studied musicology at the Julius-Maximillians-University in Würzburg and at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.  She graduated from the Technical University Berlin in 2010.  Dr. Ronge has been working since 1999 on the Revision of the Kinsky-Halm Thematic Catalogue of the Works of Ludwig van Beethoven for Henle Verlag, Munich.  From 2002-2004 she worked on the Digital Archive of the Beethoven-Haus.  She also conceived and developed a children’s internet site entitled “Hallo Beethoven.”  Since November 2018, she has been curator at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn.  She has lectured at various universities in the U.S., among them at the Boston University Beethoven Research Center.

Dr. Erica Buurman is Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University, California. She joined SJSU in the spring of 2019, having previously held a faculty position at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK (2013–2019). She completed her doctorate at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2013 with a dissertation on Beethoven’s compositional approach to the overarching forms of his instrumental works. She focused particularly on preliminary outline plans in the composer’s sketchbooks. Erica’s research interests center on Beethoven and include sketch study, Viennese musical culture, and social dance. She has contributed to radio broadcasts about Beethoven on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, including several episodes of the 125-part series Beethoven Unleashed, which was broadcast on BBC radio throughout 2020. Erica is editor of The Beethoven Journal and The Beethoven Newsletter.

Moderated by:
Robin Merrill is a British musician, presenter, producer and journalist. He was a member of the original London cast of the musical Evita. He is a journalist, starting his journalism career with BFBS radio in 1989 and then for the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle-TV. Since 1989 Merrill has lived in Berlin and had numerous engagements as a solo singer and emcee in Europe. Merrill has been working for Deutsche Welle TV since 2002 as a producer and presenter and currently presents their daily arts and culture show.

The program will be held in English.

Please register at: https://tinyurl.com/beethovenaglobalphenomenon