Gloria Campaner

TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY AT 8.30PM

Symphony No. 5
Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘The Emperor’

Gloria Campanerpiano
Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra
Gianluca Marcianòconductor

The 27th edition of the Festival takes off with Beethoven’s best known Fifth Symphony. Who doesn’t know its ominous first four notes Da‑Da‑Da‑Dum? Also called the Fate Symphony, it was composed when Beethoven was in his mid-thirties and troubled by increasing deafness.
The Piano Concerto No. 5 is Beethoven’s most accomplished concerto and popularly known as The Emperor concerto. It will be played by the celebrated Italian pianist Gloria Campaner, one of the most eclectic and versatile musicians of her generation, invited for the 3rd time to the Festival.


Filippo Gorini

FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY AT 8.30PM
SAINT-JOSEPH JESUIT CHURCH

Symphony No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 1

Filippo Gorinipiano
Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra
Michel Khairallahconductor

Beethoven’s first symphony was composed when he was only 25, just before he started to lose his hearing. It is clearly indebted to his predecessors Haydn and Mozart, but is nonetheless a unique masterpiece.
The Piano Concerto No. 1, first performed with Beethoven at the piano, will be interpreted by the rising star Italian pianist Filippo Gorini who won the First Prize and Audience Prize at the Telekom‑Beethoven Competition in Bonn in 2015.
In 2018, he was the first laureate of the prestigious award ‘Una vita per la Musica-Giovani’ of ‘La Fenice’ theater.


Vanessa Benelli Mosell

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY AT 8.30PM

Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’
Piano Concerto No. 3

Vanessa Benelli Mosellpiano
Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra
Gianluca Marcianòconductor

The third Symphony, also known as Eroica, is one of Beethoven’s most celebrated and technically challenging works. It is considered as a turning point in musical history.
Vanessa Benelli Mosell is a rising star on the international music scene. She is continuously praised for her dazzling virtuosity, her technical brilliance and the sensitivity of her musical insight. For her second appearance at the Festival she will electrify the stage with her interpretation of Piano Concerto No. 3.


Abd el Rahman el Bacha

WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY AT 8.30PM

Les Confessions de Beethoven

Abdel Rahman El Bacha piano
Jean-François Balmeractor
Alexandre Najjarauthor

In the twilight of his life, Ludwig van Beethoven confides: he evokes his bad relationship with his father, his misanthropy, the women of his life, his political illusions and the tragedy of his nephew Karl. His passion for music allowed him to overcome his infirmity and take revenge on fate.
Alexandre Najjar makes Beethoven speak to give us edifying confessions which reveal the personality of the great composer and unknown aspects of his existence.


Renaud Capucon

FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY AT 8.30PM

The Complete Violin Sonatas, part I

Renaud Capuçonviolin
Kit Armstrongpiano

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is known and loved for his poise, depth of tone and virtuosity. He works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras,
artists, venues and festivals.
For his third appearance at the Al Bustan Festival, he will play the Complete Violin Sonatas with the piano prodigy Kit Armstrong who plays a hundred concerts a year in venues around the world and is described as a ‘musical phenomenon’.


Kit Armstrong

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY AT 8.30PM

The Complete Violin Sonatas, part II

Renaud Capuçonviolin
Kit Armstrongpiano

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is known and loved for his poise, depth of tone and virtuosity. He works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras,
artists, venues and festivals.
For his third appearance at the Al Bustan Festival, he will play the Complete Violin Sonatas with the piano prodigy Kit Armstrong who plays a hundred concerts a year in venues around the world and is described as a ‘musical phenomenon’.


Gautier Capuçon

MONDAY 2 MARCH AT 8.30PM

The Complete Cello Sonatas

Gautier Capuçoncello
Jérôme Ducrospiano

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador of the cello. Performing internationally with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the ‘Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle’ at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant
virtuosity and for the deep sonority of his cello.
For his 4th appearance at the Festival he will play the Complete Cello Sonatas with his long time partner and talented pianist Jérôme Ducros, appearing for the third time at Al Bustan.
Gautier Capuçon plays a Matteo Goffriller cello, which he has recently named ‘L’Ambassadeur’


Charlie Siem

WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH AT 8.30PM

Symphony No. 8
The Violin Concerto

Charlie Siemviolin
Camerata Salzburg
Jérémie Rohrerconductor

Camerata Salzburg is one of the leading chamber orchestras in the world. Founded in 1952, the Camerata plays mainly in Salzburg and tours around the world in the most prestigious venues.
Camerata Salzburg will play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 or The little Symphony, the shortest but most compelling symphony which Beethoven ever composed.
Violinist Charlie Siem is considered as one of today’s foremost young and virtuoso violinists. In addition to his dashing appearance and beautiful charm, Siem is an ambassador of The Prince’s Trust and a Visiting Professor at Leeds College and Nanjing University of the Arts in China. He will play a very special concerto as it is the only violin concerto which Beethoven composed.
This concert will be conducted by Jérémie Rohrer, one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation.


Camerata Salzburg

FRIDAY 6 MARCH AT 8.30PM

Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastorale’
Egmont, op. 84

Christina Ganschsoprano
Camerata Salzburg
Jérémie Rohrerconductor

The Pastoral Symphony is one of Beethoven’s most popular works. This characteristic and joyful symphony expresses the composer’s affinity for nature and his love for walks in the country, outside Vienna.
Young Austrian soprano Christina Gansch will sing Beethoven’s Egmont op. 84. She is the winner of the 2014 Ferrier Award and graduated with distinction from the Mozarteum, Salzburg and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has already appeared in the most prestigious international venues and festivals.


Alexander Romanovsky

WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH AT 8.30PM

Symphony No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 2

Alexander Romanovskypiano
National Chamber Orchestra Of Armenia
Gianluca Marcianòconductor

In spite of his desperate state due to his increasing deafness, Beethoven’s Second Symphony has a humourous and happy air. It is also full of power
and depth.
Described by Carlo Maria Giulini as ‘extraordinarily gifted’, pianist Alexander Romanovsky is a riveting, distinct and subtle performer with an utterly engaging voice. He will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.


Jelena Koncar

FRIDAY 13 MARCH AT 8.30PM
SAINT-JOSEPH JESUIT CHURCH

Symphony No. 9

Sabina Cvilaksoprano
Jelena Končarmezzo soprano
Steve Davislimtenor
Brett Polegatobaritone
Coro Lirico Siciliano
Francesco Costachoirmaster
Le Choeur de l’USJ
Yasmina Sabbahchoirmaster
Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra
Gianluca Marcianòconductor

Beethoven’s last symphony No. 9 marks a triumphant and glorious climax. Beethoven was the first composer to include chorus and vocal soloists in his final movement. The Symphony was completed in 1824, when Beethoven was completely deaf and was premiered on Friday 7 May 1824, in the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna. The audience received the work with an ovation. When the piece ended, Beethoven, being deaf, was still conducting.
The soprano soloist had to make him turn around so that he could see the applause.


Sacconi Quartet

SATURDAY 14 MARCH AT 8.30PM

Beethoven in The Dark

Sacconi Quartet

In the absence of light, the sound and the music become more powerful… Beethoven’s string quartet No. 14 op. 131 will be played in the dark!
The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation.


Joyce El Khoury

SUNDAY 15 MARCH AT 8.30PM
SAINT-ELIE CHURCH, KANTARI

Missa Solemnis

Joyce El-Khourysoprano
Roxana Constantinescumezzo soprano
Steve Davislimtenor
Brett Polegatobaritone
Coro Lirico Siciliano
Francesco Costachoirmaster
National Chamber Orchestra Of Armenia
Gianluca Marcianòconductor

Missa Solemnis is without doubt, Beethoven’s greatest monumental choral work ever heard.
This all-time favourite, heart-wrenching and dramatically powerful work will be performed by four internationally acclaimed singers, the Coro Lirico Siciliano and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.


Giuseppe Guarrera

THURSDAY 19 MARCH AT 8.30PM

Symphony No. 4
Piano Concerto No. 4

Giuseppe Guarrerapiano
National Chamber Orchestra Of Armenia
Gianluca Marcianòconductor

The Fourth Symphony is cheerful, understandable and engaging, and is closer to the composer’s justly beloved First and Second Symphonies than to the Fifth and Sixth.
Giuseppe Guarrera completed his studies in 2018 at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. He won a Tabor Foundation Award at the Verbier Festival Academy, received a prestigious Klavier Ruhr Festival Scholarship, and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). In 2017, Giuseppe won the 2nd price at the Montréal International
Competition along with five other awards including the People’s Choice. For his concert at ‘Fondation Vuitton’ in 2018, he was described as having a strong and volcanic musical personality. He will thrill the audience with his interpretation of the 4th Piano Concerto.M


Vitaly Pisarenko

SUNDAY 22 MARCH AT 8.30PM

Symphony No. 7
Choral Fantasy

Vitaly Pisarenkopiano
Antonine University Choir
Toufic Maatouk o.a.m.assistant conductor
National Chamber Orchestra Of Armenia
Gianluca Marcianòconductor

Festival with two great works of Beethoven: the highly esteemed Symphony No. 7 and the Choral Fantasy which is considered as one of the composer’s most intriguing and powerful works.
It will be played by the immensely gifted Vitaly Pisarenko with his prodigious technique.

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