C9 Beethoven’s Legacy

  • Friday, 3 May 2024

    7:30 pm

  • Snow Concert Hall

    Canberra Grammar School Campus, Red Hill, ACT

  • With Support From

Supported by the European Community

On May 7 1824, Beethoven conducted the first performance of his Ninth Symphony in Vienna. Things did not always go to plan, not to mention the fact that the man in charge was profoundly deaf by that stage. But the new work, of unprecedented scale and ending with a visionary choral setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, changed the course of music in Europe. While the hymn has become the musical motto of the European community, Beethoven’s vision of the brotherhood of men has expanded in more ways than one.

Two eminent ensembles from Europe celebrate the universality of its message: Trio Karénine from France and Dudok Quartet Amsterdam from the Netherlands together with Belgian viola player Florian Peelman, based in Berlin.

Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and Brahms’ last String Quintet are two milestones of the European musical canon stemming from the beginning and the end of the 19th century respectively, when the principles of modern statehood and universal democracy were first established. Both works exude confidence, optimism, and a profound belief in mankind’s ability to create a better world.


Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 97, “Archduke” (1811)

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Johannes Brahms, String Quintet No.2 in G major, op 111 ‘Prater’ (1890)


Trio Karénine (FR)
Dudok Quartet Amsterdam (NE)
with Florian Peelman, viola (BE)

This concert is supported by Jeremy Newman
Florian Peelman is supported by Peronelle and Jim Windeyer

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Artist Dudok Quartet Amsterdam


Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation. With its ethos of “sharing the heart of music”, the quartet is committed to crafting unique and eclectic programmes in order to engage with its audiences in new and imaginative ways. In repertoire ranging from Ligeti, Shostakovich and Bacewicz through to Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Dudok Quartet constantly strives to forge new pathways and connections in music. Their intelligent approach and flair for programming also sees them regularly perform their own arrangements of pieces and they have so far produced arrangements of composers including Gesualdo, Desprez, Shostakovich, Brahms and Messiaen. The Quartet is also committed to commissioning new works and have collaborated with composers including Joey Roukens, Peter Vigh and Theo Loevendie . Future commissioning projects include a new piece from British-Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk.

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Artist Florian Peelman, viola


Florian has played the violin since the age of five, and after absorbing the sound of gamelan in Indonesia, started formal training in Helsinki. At the age of 14 he continued his studies at Chethams School of Music in Manchester. Returning to his Belgian roots at the age of 18, he enrolled at the Antwerp Conservatorium and switched to the viola. He completed his Masters under Walter Küssner at the world leading ‘Hans Eisler’ Hochschule für Musik Berlin achieving the highest distinction and has since continued to work there as Assistant Professor.

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Artist Trio Karénine


Trio Karénine

Paloma Kouider, piano
Julien Dieudegard, violin
Louis Rodde, cello

Founded in Paris in 2009, Trio Karénine is now recognized as one of the most talented ensembles on the international scene. Guided from the outset by the musicians of the Ysaÿe Quartet, their commitment, their thirst for demanding standards and their stylistic research would later lead them along the paths of other great musicians: Menahem Pressler, Alfred Brendel, Hatto Beyerle, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Claude Pennetier…

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