Beethovenfest Bonn to host Pittsburgh Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

Posted on: May 27, 2011

Details have been announced for Germany’s Beethovenfest Bonn 2011, whose theme this year will be “Music of the Future: Beethoven, Liszt and Innovation in Music.” The festival takes place from September 9 to October 9. The three orchestras in residence at Beethovenfest will be the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck; the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi; and the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, formed in 2008 by 19-year-old pianist Zuhal Sultan, which will be performing for the first time outside its home country, with conductor Paul MacAlindin. The NYOI will perform two newly commissioned works from Arab composer Mohammed Amin Ezzat and Kurdish composer Ali Authman. Among the works to be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel for violin and small orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, both with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter; the fifth symphonies of Mahler and Tchaikovsky; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Hélène Grimaud. Other orchestras scheduled to perform at the festival include the London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. More details on the festival are available at

Posted May 27, 2011