Beethoven in concert

The Vienna Philharmonic will begin its Beethoven cycle in autumn 2019: on ten evenings until mid-June, the members of this world-class orchestra will present chamber music in the Gustav Mahler Hall of the Vienna State Opera. On February 1 and 2, members of the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera will perform all the maestro's songs in four concerts on one weekend.

The Vienna Symphony Orchestra has re-recorded all of Beethoven's symphonies for 2020 and is celebrating the composer's birthday with a series of spectacular events at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Including:

  • On New Year's Day, it performs Beethoven's 9th Symphony. On January 11, it will present – together with the Wiener Singakademie – a reconstruction of the "Great Beethoven Academy" of 1808, including the "Pastoral" (6th Symphony) and the "Choral Fantasy".
  • On May 15, the orchestra will perform a unique simultaneous concert with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn – an open-air event with public screening that connects the two Beethoven cities of Bonn and Vienna with a live link-up.
  • At the beginning of June, the Symphony Orchestra will offer a "Best of Beethoven" in two concerts, including the overture to "Egmont" and the "Eroica" (7th Symphony).
  • The orchestra concludes its intense year of Beethoven with the "Ninth" on New Year's Eve 2020.

In 2020, the Musikverein celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday and 150 years of the Musikverein building. Today, the Musikverein has a copy of the handwritten Eroica score in which Beethoven erased his dedication to Napoleon. By June 2020 alone, around 80 concerts of Beethoven's music will be performed, among them:

  • Own Beethoven cycle: 5 piano concertos, played by Rudolf Buchbinder, with 5 world-class orchestras (October 20, 2019, October 28, 2019, November 14, 2019, December 6, 2019, May 5, 2020)
  • Symphonies played by the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Andris Nelsons
  • Beethoven's piano trios
  • Symphonies No. 7 and 8, Wellington's Victory or the Battle of Vitoria
  • Daniel Barenboim plays Beethoven piano sonatas
  • Cycle "Beethoven Today": chamber music by Beethoven is juxtaposed with new works by Gerald Resch, Johannes Maria Staud and Johanna Doderer, commissioned by the Musikverein.

An international Ode to Joy

At the end of March, the orchestra "musicAeterna of Perm Opera" from Novosibirsk, under its founder and conductor, the "classical rebel" Teodor Currentzis, will also perform all Beethoven symphonies at the Konzerthaus.

On October 16, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop will perform the "Ninth" – as part of the global project "All Together - A Global Ode to Joy". In nine concerts with nine partner orchestras on all five continents, the visionary conductor will perform "Ode to Joy" in the respective national language.

Martin Haselböck's original sound orchestra "Wiener Akademie" continues its concert series "Resound Beethoven" - atmospherically at the locations of the world premieres. In mid-February at two concerts at Palais Niederösterreich and on March 10 and May 12 at the Musikverein. The complete recording of Beethoven's symphonies and piano concertos, recorded by the Wiener Akademie on historical instruments, will be released by 2020.

All Beethoven events in 2020

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2, 1010 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps (Swinging doors 87 cm wide )
        Side entrance on right under the arcades on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz. From side entrance, access to elevator via inclined elevator (stairlift) in lobby.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Operngasse, Opernring intersection
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 22 Wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.

    • Comments

      Portable ramps available for steps inside building.
      To reserve wheelchair and companion seats for performances, tel. +43 1 514 44-2653 (Mo-Fri, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm)

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Vienna Konzerthaus

Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   140  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 435  cm  long
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 94 cm wide and 190 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      All halls accessible via elevator, inner ramp.

      2 elevators from ground floor (door width: 90 cm, cabin depth: 190 and 140 cm, cabin width: 94 cm).

      Wheelchair seats: 18 in the Grand Hall, 6 in the Mozart Hall, 3 in the Schubert Hall and 4 in the Berio Hall. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (by prior arrangement).


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Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 20:00
    • We, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 13:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
        via ramp, automatic sliding door (opens with button from the outside)
      • Ramp   164  cm  wide
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Ring the bell by the entrance to the concert box office (Bösendorferstr. 12); the box office staff will come to assist with ticket purchases at the door.
      Wheelchair-accessible elevator: to all floors. Brahms Hall: 6 wheelchair seats. Grand Hall: 2 wheelchair seats in orchestra, about 16 in balcony. Glass Hall/Magna Auditorium: 4 wheelchair seats.

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