Beethoven is one of the most frequently performed composers in the world. Beethovenfest Bonn – which is held in the city of Beethoven’s birth – has accepted the challenge of sharpening a distinctive national and worldwide profile by presenting performances by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles. To the present day the festival has managed to create dramatic interdisciplinary ties to Beethoven’s past, present and future.

Beethoven was an avant-garde and visionary musician. Beethovenfest Bonn has taken up the course of following his path, particularly by introducing experimental and interdisciplinary concert formats, commissioning new works, performing contemporary music and issuing invitations to promising young artists.

Nike Wagner (the great-great-granddaughter of the composer Franz Liszt, the great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner, and the daughter of Wieland Wagner) has been Intendant (Director General) of the Beethovenfest Bonn since 2014.


  • It’s a wrap!

    2018 is a wrap and it’s time to say thank you for a year full of exciting projects! I feel really really lucky that I’m able to work with so many great people and institutions around the world. I performed 35 times across 7 countries, spent 10 weeks creating (and restaging) 5 different works with...
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  • Love at first sight

    After a much celebrated World Premiere in Avignon, it was about time to start touring STORY WATER, time to figure out how the piece would work and evolve in different settings and with different audiences. Beethovenfest at the Opera House in Bonn was the perfect start for this adventure, and it was a lot of...
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  • Danse!

    The new theatre season is about to kick off and my first show will be STORY WATER with Emanuel Gat Dance and the brilliant Ensemble Modern at Beethovenfest in Bonn next week. Just in time Julia Gat finished editing a brand new teaser, filmed at the world premiere in Avignon last month. I totally can’t wait for this...
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  • A show about itself

    A huge thanks to everyone who voted for STORY WATER in the Fedora competition! Our project has been selected as one of four jury nominees for the Fedora Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet 2018. Fedora is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and supports innovative opera and ballet projects...
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  • Story Water Preview

    A tribute to creativity and innovation

    STORY WATER, a collaboration between Emanuel Gat Dance and Frankfurt’s renown Ensemble Modern, has just been shortlisted for the Fedora Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet 2018. Obviously this is very exciting news and I’d be thrilled if you help to support our production with your vote on! Fedora is a platform that...
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