Beethoven Piano Society of Europe (BPSE) Corporate Profile

◆ Our Aims and History ◆

The Beethoven Society of Europe constitutes an international forum for pianists, teachers, musicologists and music lovers for the greater appreciation of Beethoven’s piano music in all its aspects. The Society’s primary aims are the promotion of the authentic interpretation of all of Beethoven’s music for or involving piano, orchestral, chamber or vocal genres, and the deeper awareness of his pianistic oeuvre as a whole.

Our activities concern the enrichment of performance, interpretation and reception, and include lecture-recitals, study days and masterclasses by international scholars and concert artists, concert series which offer a special platform to young artists of promise and established professionals, as well as competitions and concerts and publications.

The Beethoven Society of Europe celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2013. The Society was launched at a Beethoven Day at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on 28 March 1993, with an initial steering committee of distinguished pianists and scholars, including the late Kendall Taylor CBE, Carola Grindea, Professor Malcolm Troup, Peter Feuchtwanger, Alberto Portugheis, J. Audrey Ellison and Malcolm Miller.

◆ Officers ◆

  • Hon. European President: Paul Badura-Skoda
  • Hon. UK President: Sir András Schiff CBE
  • European Vice Presidents: Martha Argerich, Stephen Kovacevich, Dame Fanny Waterman DBE
  • UK Vice President: J. Audrey Ellison
  • Chairman: Julian Jacobson
  • Vice Chairman: Alberto Portugheis, Melvyn Cooper
  • Committee Members: Angela Brownridge, Bobby Chen, Ian Jones, Nadia Lasserson, Stephen Savage
  • Membership Secretary: Henry Atterbury
  • Journal Editor: Malcolm Miller
  • Treasurer: Clive Nunn
  • Administrator: Yvonne Cheng

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