Fellowships for young artists

Project description

Germany is preparing to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020. Performances of his works will be given throughout the country. The project #bebeethoven does not, however, aim to present yet another interpretation of his musical oeuvre, but rather develop and test new musical production methods in the spirit of Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven – one of the most frequently performed composers in the world – had always been an unconventional thinker, a maverick, an entrepreneur who shook up the music scene of his time, developed new artistic formats and was known for snubbing social conventions.

#bebeethoven is about the courage to take artistic risks, about unconventional thinking and the attempt to try out new methods of composition, technique, production, performance, distribution and presentation of classical music in the following areas of artistic work: composition, concert design, interpretation, music and technology, performance and outernational events.

Twelve fellowships

As a contribution to the Beethoven Commemorative Year, the Federal Cultural Foundation provides funding to the PODIUM Esslingen music festival to establish twelve one-and-a-half-year fellowships for international artists. The production partners support the fellows by involving them in their internal operations, for example, with respect to infrastructure, staffing, orchestra performances, rehearsals etc. The participating partners are likely to include the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg, the ZKM │ Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe, Operadagen Rotterdam & Muziektheater Transparant, Radialsystem V in Berlin, CTM Festival in Berlin and the Tonhalle Zürich.

Networking and exchange

The PODIUM Esslingen music festival will ensure that the fellows are well-networked with each other and can engage in creative dialogue. The artistic results of the programme will be presented at two large final events – the first during the PODIUM Esslingen music festival and the second during a Beethoven commemorative programme in Bonn in autumn 2020. The digital magazine and the concluding documentation titled “book of beethoven” will present the artistic research and development process of twelve projects in various formats, e.g. podcasts, video films and blogs. This multimedia overview will address the questions, challenges and opportunities, identified by the artists, and make them available to the greater public.

The Federal Cultural Foundation has allocated 1.5 million euros to finance the project #bebeethoven from 2017 to 2020.

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#bebeethoven - Blog and Magazine


No upcoming events at present

Previous events

  • 17 October, 2020 : #bebeethoven: Eröffnungskonzert

    Großer Auftakt mit allen 12 Fellows

    Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

  • 16 October, 2020 to 24 October, 2020: #bebeethoven - Konzerte und Performances

    Abschlusspräsentationen der Fellows & Ausstellung "Welcome to #bebeethoven"

    Verschiedene Orte, Bonn

  • 6 October, 2020 to 15 October, 2020: PODIUM Festival 2020 mit #bebeethoven-Schwerpunkt

    Abschlusspräsentationen der Fellows, Debatten, Experimente & Ausstellung "Welcome to #bebeethoven"

    Verschiedene Orte, Esslingen

  • 18 January, 2020 : #bebeethoven-Showcase: Sinn_Suche

    Konzerte & Talk zu zeitgemäßen Erzählformen in der Musik

    resonanzraum St. Pauli, Bunker Feldstraße , Hamburg

  • 5 October, 2019 to 6 October, 2019: #bebeethoven-Showcase mit Konzerten, Performances und Debatten

    Er ist wieder Da-Da-Da-Daaa

    Radialsystem, Berlin

  • 2 March, 2019 : #bebeethoven-Showcase mit u.a. Kaan Bulak, Kollektiv Quadrature und Michael Rauter

    Konzertbeiträge, Performances und Gespräche (zu Kunst, Musik & Künstliche Intelligenz)

    ZKM, 14 Uhr , Karlsruhe

  • 27 November, 2018 : Konzert "Momentum" im Rahmen der Reihe "Im Foyer"

    Musik-Performance "Momentum" (19 Uhr)

    Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Foyer, Franckeplatz 2 , Halle(Saale)

  • 7 November, 2018 : #bebeethoven-Showcase

    Konzerte, Gespräche, Präsentationen

    Beethoven-Haus, 20 Uhr , Bonn

  • 30 October, 2018 : Aufführung des neuen Werks für "Augmented Piano" von Fellow Kaan Bulak

    mit dem Ensemble Reflektor

    Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal , Berlin

  • 28 September, 2018 to 29 September, 2018: #bebeethoven-Showcase: Konzerte u.a. verschiedener Fellows

    Radialsystem V, Berlin

  • 18 August, 2018 : #bebeethoven-Showcase

    Konzerte & Talks zum Thema "Mut"

    Kloster, Bebenhausen

  • 23 May, 2018 : #bebeethoven-Präsentation und Launch des #bebeethoven-Magazins

    Villa Nagel, Esslingen

  • 26 April, 2018 to 5 May, 2018: Diverse #bebeethoven-Showcases im Rahmen des Podium Esslingen Festivals

    Verschiedene Orte, Esslingen

  • 2 April, 2018 : Uraufführung "Interactive Symphony No. 1" von Fellow Koka Nikoladze mit dem Ensemble Resonanz

    Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal, Hamburg

  • 28 February, 2018 : Cyber-Music-Night: Mensch-Musik-Maschine

    silent green Kulturquartier, Berlin

  • 6 October, 2017 : 2. Kickoff mit Talks, Konzerten und Präsentationen der Fellows

    silent green Kulturquartier, Berlin

  • 16 September, 2017 to 17 September, 2017: 1. Kickoff mit Festakt, Talks, Konzerten und Präsentationen der Fellows

    Altes Rathaus, Esslingen


Steven Walter

Artistic director
PODIUM Esslingen
Heilbronner Straße 11/1a
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Tel.: +49 711 36 55 77 50
post@podiumfestival.de (external link, opens in a new window)
www.podiumfestival.de (external link, opens in a new window)

Antonia Lahmé

Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Franckeplatz 2
06110 Halle (Saale)
Tel.: 0345 – 2997 117
E-mail to Antonia Lahmé