Birmingham Conservatoire celebrates Beethoven anniversary with day-long performance of all 32 piano sonatas

30 January 2020
By Ellie Palmer
32 of the conservatoire’s piano students will perform one sonata each

Birmingham Conservatoire will host their own Beethoven marathon to celebrate the composer’s 250th anniversary, with 32 of their piano students set to perform all 32 piano sonatas between them.

The event will take place on Tuesday 18 February (The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), Friday 27 March (Ulverston Festival, Lake District), and Monday 4 May (Chipping Campden Festival).

The event is scheduled to take 12 hours, beginning at 10am before concluding at 10pm.

Because audiences are able to stay for one sonata, or ten, or for all 32, they are being invited to ‘pay what you like’ on the door.

The 32 pianists, who are all students at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, illustrate the wealth of international talent currently studying in Birmingham, with performers from Taiwan, China and Japan to Russia, Georgia and Israel and right across Europe, alongside those from the UK. 

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire said, “‘Royal Birmingham Conservatoire wanted to celebrate the Beethoven anniversary in a unique and special way.  Having 32 different student pianists play all 32 of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas certainly fits the bill while at the same time demonstrating the remarkable strength in depth of RBC’s Keyboard Department.”

Following the final UK performance, twelve of the pianists, together with Professors John Thwaites and Pascal Nemirovski, will fly to Bolzano, Italy to give the cycle collaboratively, sharing the sonatas between themselves and students in Italy at the Bolzano Concert Hall (home of the Busoni Competition). 



No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 - Tse Fu (James Allen, Ulverston only)

No. 2 in A Op.2 No.2 - Naemi Pomarede

No. 3 in C Op.2 No.3 - Carlos Alfonso

No.4 in E flat Op.7 - Killian Schola

No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1 - Bai Yang

No.6 in F Op.10 No.2 - Tian Shun Lin

No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 - Ginevra Paniati

No.8 in C minor Op.13 (Pathetique) - Tanya Avchinnikova

No.9 in E Op.14 No.1 - Ella Lee

No.10 in G Op.14 No.2 - Zijing Chen

No.11 in B flat Op.22 - Yiyang Chen

No.12 in A flat Op.26 - Olivia Chew

No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 - Daisuke Yoshida

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No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight) - Dobromir Tsenov

No.15 in D Op.28 (Pastoral) - Pan Yicheng

No.16 in G Op.31 No.1 - Yen Lee

No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 (Tempest) - Beth Haughan

No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 - Roman Kosyakov

No.19 in G minor Op.49 No.1 - Angela Moreno Belmar

No.20 in G Op.49 No.2 - Zoe Tan

No.21 in C Op.53 (Waldstein) - Dominika Mak (Haitian Zhou, Birmingham only)

No.22 in F Op.54 - Maria Linares

No.23 in F minor Op.57 (Appassionata) - Connor Wilcox

No.24 in F sharp Op.78 - Petrina Phua

No.25 in G Op.79 - Yung-Li Chen

No.26 in E flat Op.81a (Das Lebewohl) - Mika Inukai

No.27 in E minor Op.90 - Brigitta Sveda

No.28 in A Op.101 - Domonkos Csabay

No.29 in B flat Op.106 (Hammerklavier) - Salome Chitaia

No.30 in E Op.109 - Natanel Grinshtein

No.31 in A flat Op.110 - Irina Chagunava

No.32 in C minor Op.111 - Orestis Magou


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