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LvB250 – THE BEETHOVEN YEAR 2020

In 2020, the entire music world will celebrate the 250-year anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. For many people, Beethoven is the original great composer. His music is continually relevant.

In classical music, it is impossible to shake off Beethoven, nor would anyone want to. Instead, let us embrace our fascination with this headstrong master’s achievements during what was on paper only a 56-year-long life, but which is in reality eternal.

Ladies versus Beethoven 18–28 March 2020

At Konserthuset, we are properly celebrating the anniversary of Beethoven – and an orchestral festival is at the centre of the festivities!

Over the course of two intensive weeks, we will present all nine symphonies, performed by the resident Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and six other Swedish orchestras. Beethoven’s symphonies comprise a unique and infinite universe that holds incredible discoveries for the first-time listener, but which can also be explored over and over again. At this festival, the symphonies will be placed in a new light through presentations with pieces by women composers from the nineteenth century to our own era. We call this festival Ladies versus Beethoven (LvB) – not as a comparison between women composers and Beethoven, but rather as a joint tribute to western classical music.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo will perform Symphonies No. 1, 5 and 9. In order of appearance, guest orchestras include the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In total, just over 600 musicians will participate in the festival.

Experience the festival with one of our festival packages to the right.
More about the festival

Chamber music

But naturally, symphonies are not all that Beethoven is known for; in 2020 we will also present Beethoven’s chamber music through a complete concert series of Beethoven’s most iconic formats – the string quartets, piano sonatas and violin sonatas – performed by guest musicians of the highest international level.

Cuarteto Casals will tackle all of the string quartets in six concerts; Igor Levit will play all of the piano sonatas in eight concerts, and finally, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and pianist Martin Helmchen will perform all of the sonatas for violin and piano in two concerts.

Fidelio opera

And as if that were not enough, we will also make space for a concert performance of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, with Nina Stemme, Michael Weinius and Karl-Magnus Fredriksson.

28 concerts – including Ludde B!

In total, throughout all of 2020, we will present 28 concerts with pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven – along with Ludde B concerts also for school children, in which the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra gets into mischief with Beethoven

Packages and Subscriptions

Experience Beethoven's music with one of our anniversary packages. 

Festival Packages
Ladies vs. Beethoven March 18–28, 2020

  • Festival Three: 3 optional concerts at a 20 percent discount. Book here
  • Festival Six: 4–6 optional concerts at 25 percent discount. Book here
  • Festival Nine: 7–9 concerts at 30 percent discount. Book here

Piano sonatas spring 2020

  • Book a ticket to Igor Levit's first four recitals and get a 30 percent discount. Book here

String quartets spring 2020

  • Book a ticket to Cuarteto Casal's first four string quartet concerts and get a 30 percent discount. Book here

Beethoven Gold

  • An exclusive opportunity for anyone who wants to experience all the twenty-eight concerts during the Beethoven year in Konserthuset Stockholm. The price includes tickets to all concerts, programs and books, festival poster – and an exclusive surprise!
    Contact the ticket office, tel +46 8 50 66 77 88.
    Price 8,500 SEK. Limited number of seats.

Beethoven in our subscriptions

  • Most of the Beethoven concerts are included in our subscriptions.

Beethovenåret 2020

  • Genre: Chamber music

    Cuarteto Casals plays Beethoven's string quartets in D major, G major and F major.

    Saturday 25 January 2020 16.00
  • Genre: Chamber music

    Cuarteto Casals plays Beethoven's string quartets in A major, E flat major ”Harp Quartet” and E flat major.

    Sunday 26 January 2020 16.00
  • Genre: Chamber music

    Igor Levit plays Beethoven's piano sonatas No. 1, 12, 21 and 25.

    Monday 17 February 2020 19.00
  • Genre: Chamber music

    Igor Levit plays Beethoven's piano sonatas No. 4, 9, 10, 24 and 26.

    Tuesday 18 February 2020 19.00
  • Genre: Chamber music

    Igor Levit plays Beethoven's piano sonatas No. 5, 19, 20, 22 and 23.

    Friday 21 February 2020 19.00