Krystian Zimerman to perform all five Beethoven piano concertos in a row

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By Ellie Palmer

05 December 2019

The marathon will take place at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 11 October 2020 in celebration of Beethoven's 250th anniversary

Krystian Zimerman is set to perform all five of Beethoven's piano concertos in Amsterdam next October. He will perform the concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and will be under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno, who is currently the chief conductor of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

All five of the piano concertos will be played one after the other in what is expected to be a four-and-a-half-hour performance. A marathon indeed!

The performance will allow for a complete immersion of Beethoven for the audience, and will also highlight the stylistic evolutions of Beethoven's work over his active years. Concerto No 1 was estimated to have been written around 1795, whilst Concerto No 5 was estimated to have been written around 1810. Zimerman's task is to bring to light the musical changes that occur through Beethoven's concertos. 

The Polish pianist and conductor is widely known as one of the world's finest living pianists. His career took off in 1975 at the age of 19, when he won the 1975 Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition. He has released over 30 albums throughout his career, most of which have been released by Deutsche Grammophon. Zimerman has an exclusive lifelong contract with the record label.

You can find out more about the marathon event here.