Since its foundation over a hundred years ago, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn has become a key pillar of cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding region.
Its concerts, operas, music education for adults and children, CD recordings, domestic and international tours, and its wide-ranging commitment to social causes have become fixtures in the cultural spectrum. The 106-piece orchestra has also evolved into one of the very best orchestras of its kind in Germany. The man with the job of overseeing the entire orchestra (until 2016) is general music director Stefan Blunier.
The Beethoven Orchester Bonn can also be proud of having won six outstanding ECHO Klassik music awards for its recordings of “Christus” by Franz Liszt (2007), “Der Golem” by Eugen d´Albert (2011), “Irrelohe” by Franz Schreker (2012) “Daphnis et Chloé” by Maurice Ravel (2015), and for its educational programme “Bobbys Klassik” (2009 and 2011).
As a result of its close cooperation with a whole host of different institutions in Bonn, the orchestra is regularly involved in holding high-profile international events. It enjoys a high standing and is widely liked among locals. It participates in popular open-air events in
“Kunst!Rasen” Bonn as well as carnival celebrations. The orchestra complements its concerts with tours and CD releases, and numerous guest performances.
In addition, the orchestra has also been involved in many productions in the Bonn Opera, various chamber music seasons and a lot of other activities. The Beethoven Orchester Bonn also has the pleasure of regularly working with internationally renowned soloists, conductors, and choirs. The orchestra has played tour dates and guest performances in some of the world’s greatest concert halls, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus.
The Beethoven Orchester Bonn is also the official orchestra of the Oper Bonn (Bonn Opera House). Overall, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn plays 30 concerts and 110 performances in the opera house every year.