Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival
23rd May – 20th June 2013
The Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival in Teplice was founded in the year 1965 to honour the composer’s residence in 1811 and 1813 in the city spas of Teplice. The festival takes place under the patronage of the City of Teplice. And currently the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice is the organizer of the festival which is responsible for its artistic, economic planning and day-to-day activities. The festival began in 1951 with a modest budget limiting the concert events to only three symphonic and two chamber music concerts in Teplice. Performances used to be held at the end of September until the beginning of October. In 2004 when the festival celebrated its 40th anniversary, the festival commission, actively supported by the leadership of the North Czech Philharmonic approved the increase of the number of concerts as well as the time frame of the festival to be shifted to the end of May lasting until the end of June. This greatly aided concert life in Teplice and the region by filling in the interval between the end of subscription concerts of the North Czech Philharmonic and the beginning of the orchestra‘s collonade concerts that take place in the summer season.
In 2004 as many as 17 concerts were presented and in the following year these were increased to 21 concerts and held in twelve cities throughout the Ústí region of Bohemia. A number of famous musicians from the Czech Republic and abroad performed in these festivals. Every year the Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival in Teplice attempts to present a special event or
premiere of some kind. In 2004 this was realized in the first performance of the Symphony „The Song of Loneliness“ by the composer Vladimír Franz and in 2005 a semi-staged concert performance of Beethoven’s opera „Fidelio“ took place in honour of its 200th anniversary premiere. In 2006 the festival alongside the North Czech Philharmonic launched the first Mischa Maisky & Family European tour performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano. In 2008, world famous clarinetist Sharon Kam played in the festival. The main star of 2009 was guest conductor and violinist Shlomo Mintz. After that followed Maxim Shostakovich, Vovka Ashkenazy, soloists of the Broadway Theatre New York and other weel-known artists of international range.
The largest financial supporter of the festival is the municipal government of the City of Teplice. Other sources of sponsorship come from the fund for cultural support from the regional government of Ústí, Ministry of culture and from the municipalities where the various concerts take place.
Since 2004 the Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival in Teplice is member of the Association of Music Festivals of the Czech Republic and the Association of European Festivals.
Information and tickets:
Phone: (+420)417539716, Fax: (+420)417533713