Fortepiano John BROADWOOD (1732-1812) – London 1817 (Replica Chris Maene, 2015) © Photo: Yannick Sas
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BEETHOVEN PIANOFORTE SESSIONS

Online Concerts Series

Listen to Beethoven’s music as it would have sounded in its day! The Beethoven Pianoforte Sessions, part of the HOTEL BEETHOVEN exhibition, offer the audience the subtle sounds of the fortepiano, the ancestor to the modern piano.

Internationally renowned artists and specialists of historical interpretation, such as Olga Pashchenko and Piet Kuijken, as well as young performers, will enchant listeners with the timeless beauty of the German composer’s music while revealing the subtle nuances of the exhibition’s period instruments. 

Discover on this page the video of each concert, the programme of the musical works and the biography of each artist. Enjoy the concerts!


#1 WOUTER VALVEKENS        04.12.20 - 20:00

For the first part of this series, Wouter Valvekens sets the ball rolling. This young pianist studied in Antwerp, London and Brussels and treats you with an intimate sonata by Beethoven and the unforgettable Fantasie by Schumann.

PROGRAMME
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90 (1814)

Robert Schumann 1810-1856
Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 (1835-1836)

BIOGRAPHY
The Belgian pianist Wouter Valvekens studied at the Antwerp Conservatory (Polina Leschenko) and the Royal Academy of Music in London (Ian Fountain). He is currently studying fortepiano with Piet Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory. Valvekens has won various national and international prizes and is on stage as a soloist in recital and with orchestra. He is also noted as a talented chamber musician. Valvekens is one of the founders of Trio Aries, with which he won the Supernova competition in 2020. He is also a member of the Werther Piano Quartet, supported by the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund.


#2 SAYURI NAGOYA             11.12.20 - 20:00
& RONAN KERNOA 


This series is a way for Japanese pianist Sayuri Nagoya to have you listen to – and love! – the music of Anton Eberl, Mozart’s friend and Beethoven’s contemporary. She presents, side by side, Eberl’s piano variations of the duet between Pamina and Papageno from Mozart’s Magic Flute, and variations for piano and cello of another extract from the same opera, this time by Beethoven, for which she is joined by French cellist Ronan Kernoa.

PROGRAMME
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique" (1798-1799)

Anton Eberl 1765-1807
12 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, for piano, in E-flat Major (1791)

Ludwig van Beethoven
12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, for piano and cello, in F Major, Op. 66 (1798)

BIOGRAPHIES
Born in Tokyo, Sayuri Nagoya studied modern piano with Minoru Nojima at the Tōhō Gakuen School of Music. Having completed a thesis about period instruments, she began studying the harpsichord, and later completed a Master’s degree in fortepiano at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. Nagoya has won several international awards and competitions (Rosenstock, Geelvinck, Muzio Clementi Prize, Square Piano Award). She is preparing her first album, a recording of music by Anton Eberl, for the Brilliant Classics label.

Ronan Kernoa studied modern cello at the Conservatoire National de Région de Rouen, before going on to specialise in early cello in Paris and Brussels. He then turned to the viola da gamba, which he learned with Thomas Baeté and Wieland Kuijken. He performs with renowned ensembles such as La petite bande, Bach Concentus, a nocte temporis, Les Muffatti, and Il Gardellino. Ronan Kernoa teaches viola da gamba at the IMEP (Namur).


#3 OLGA PASHCHENKO       20.12.20 - 20:00

Olga Pashchenko is regularly invited to play on the 1824 Graf fortepiano at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. It was the instrument on which she recorded her album Apassionata, Les Adieux, Waldstein (Alpha, 2017), hailed by Res Musica magazine as “a very great Beethoven recording, which […] proves that historically informed performers, these ‘ancient moderns’, bring an unexpected freshness and a new way of listening to these monuments of the piano and musical pantheon.” At BOZAR, she will perform Beethoven’s gargantuan Hammerklavier Sonata on Chris Maene’s replicas of the Graf and Broadwood fortepianos.

PROGRAMME
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" (1817-1819)

BIOGRAPHY
Olga Pashchenko plays piano, fortepiano, harpsichord and organ with equal mastery. Since her first recital in New York at the age of nine, she has performed in many famous concert halls in Europe, the United States and Russia. Since 2012, she has been “Hausmusikerin” at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, where she gives regular recitals. Her albums, many of which are dedicated to Beethoven, including her most recent, Vanitas (Alpha, 2020), recorded with Georg Nigl, have been released to critical acclaim.
 

#4 MARIJN DELAERE             27.12.20 - 20:00

In addition to an early Beethoven sonata, Marijn Delaere introduces you to Jan Ladislav Dussek, a Czech composer who already impressed audiences before Beethoven with his keyboard skills. 

PROGRAMME
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 14 No. 2 (1798)

Jan Ladislav Dussek 1760-1812
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 44, "The Farewell" (1800)

BIOGRAPHY
Marijn Delaere (1992) began studying the piano and pianoforte under Olga Pashchenko at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent in 2019. He discovered the world of these historic keyboard instruments during his harpsichord studies under Liesje Vanmassenhove at the Municipal Conservatory of Mechelen. He originally learned to play the piano with Dirk Verbrugghe at the municipal music academy in Izegem. At the age of eighteen, he was laureate-finalist in the Cantabile piano competition and won first prize at the Dexia Classics.
 

#5 PIET KUIJKEN                   05.01.21 - 20:00

Piet Kuijken finishes this series and demonstrates his virtuosity on no less than two pianofortes

PROGRAMME
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux" (1809-1810)

Rondo in C Major, Op. 51 No. 1 (1796)

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata" (1804-1805)

BIOGRAPHY
Piet Kuijken (1972) studied under Jan Vermeulen, Jan Michiels, André De Groote and Menahem Pressler at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Indiana University. He teaches piano and pianoforte at the Conservatory of Brussels and pianoforte at the Conservatory of Antwerp. His career as a soloist and chamber musician on piano, harpsichord and pianoforte has taken him to major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, Japan and Mexico. He is particularly fond of chamber music and has performed in concerts with the likes of the Prometheus Ensemble, Boyan Vodenitcharov, Oxalys and Dietrich Henschel.


#6 CLAUS AND ROELAND VERMEULEN 12.2.20 - 20:00

With the sonatas Der Sturm and Waldstein, the brothers Claus and Roeland Vermeulen bring two of Beethoven's absolute best works to life on the Broadwood pianoforte.

PROGRAMME

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Klaviersonate Nr. 17 in d-Moll, op. 31 “Der Sturm” (1802)

Klaviersonate Nr. 21 in C-Dur, op. 53 “Waldstein”  (1804) 

BIOGRAPHIES

Claus Vermeulen was born in Bonheiden in 1992. He started piano lessons at the age of four and won his first competition at the age of ten. He followed his secondary education at the Lemmensinstituut with Stefan Celen and with his father, Jan Vermeulen. He later studied piano and took a master's degree in chamber music at the LUCA School of Arts (Leuven). During his studies, he won several awards and competitions; among them, he reached the finals of the Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes (EPTA) competition in 2016.

Roeland Vermeulen discovered the wonderful world of the piano at an early age through his father Jan Vermeulen, who has been his piano and pianoforte teacher to this day. He won several piano competitions such as the Cantabile Competition, the Steinway Competition and the EPTA International Piano Competition Belgium. He is currently completing his Masters in piano at the Luca School of Arts, after graduating with the highest distinction.


#7 HIROKO FUKUSHIMA AND PHILIP DEFRANCQ 14.2.20 - 20:00

Hiroko Fukushima connects Beethoven's well-known Mondscheinsonate with a late Haydn, and is joined by tenor Philip Defrancq in some charming songs by both masters.

PROGRAMME

Joseph Haydn 1732-1809
Piano-forte sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:49  

Selection from original canzonettas Hob. XXIVa & XXVIa 

  • Pleasing Pain 
  • Sailor's Song 
  • She never told her Love  
  • Piercing Eyes 

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Klaviersonate Nr. 14 in cis-Moll, op. 27 Nr. 2, “Mondschein”

An die Ferne Geliebte, op. 98  

BIOGRAPHIES

Hiroko Fukushima studied piano at the Elisabeth University in Hiroshima, Japan. After obtaining her master's degree, she studied chamber music and pianoforte with Boyan Vodinitcharov and Piet Kuijken in Belgium. After her studies, Hiroko Fukushima has developed into a versatile musician who performs in BOZAR, Flagey and many other places. She is a member of ensembles such as Trio Horta and Trio Ocells. Besides her concert activities, she teaches at the Kunsthumaniora Brussel and at the Academie Zaventem.

Tenor Philip Defrancq studied at the conservatories of Brussels, Leuven, Ghent and London and has been performing on (inter)national stages for over 30 years. His repertoire covers both old and new music. He also has a predilection for opera. He has worked on various productions by Muziektheater Transparant and you could see him at work in Opera Ballet Vlaanderen on several occasions.

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