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Enter Penderecki’s Garden... and watch it bloom.

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The legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki devoted his spare time to nurturing his remarkable garden in Lusławice, Poland. Here we combine his two greatest passions – music and flora – celebrating his life, compositions and inspirations through a virtual garden, which will grow along with his legacy.


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Enter the world of Krzysztof Penderecki

Although we are still in mourning for Krzysztof Penderecki, the output of Poland’s greatest composer other than Chopin has not for a moment ceased to resonate with music makers, and theater and film artists alike. On the anniversary of the maestro’s birthday, which falls on November 23, we will unveil three new pieces by Polish composers, written as tributes to Krzysztof Penderecki.

 Parker Ramsay – Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 1 (Arr. for Harp)


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International Telekom Beethoven Competition
Orchestra final

The 8th International Telekom Beethoven Competition will conclude with the orchestra finale at the Telekom Forum Bonn. Together with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the three finalists will interpret one of Beethoven’s piano concertos under the direction of General Music Director Dirk Kaftan. Which piano concertos will be heard, however, will be decided shortly before the finale: all participating pianists will prepare two piano concertos. But which work is interpreted by which finalist is decided by lot…

The Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn, for young pianists, pursues two central objectives: It is primarily dedicated to promoting young talent and contributes to keeping Ludwig van Beethoven’s great legacy alive and active in his hometown of Bonn.