The goal of the Beethoven Society for Music and Research is to build on Beethoven’s musical legacy by creating series of concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops.
We aim to raise the awareness for the innovation in classical music by supporting young artists and scientists on their way. A Beethoven Society Prize for outstanding accomplishments in the field of performance and research, as well as a youth competition for violin and piano will be established by 2020.
Our purpose is to establish the role of classical music in the life of young people, supporting musical education and bringing music to different groups of the society, especially to people with disability. One of our goals with the Beethoven Society for Music and Research is to encourage and empower young people with disability to participate in the musical life of Vienna by creating a series of concert and workshops, as well as raising the awareness for the achievements of musicians with disability
A further aim of the Society is to promote innovative research on Beethoven and his legacy. This will be disseminated through workshops and conferences, but first and foremost through lectures accompanying performances, giving audiences new insights into the Beethoven cosmos.
The first concert of the Beethoven Society will take place in October 2017. The renown Jess-Trio-Wien will perform works by Beethoven and Schubert.Further Projects, that have already been planned include concerts in January and March, as well as a conference on a topic connected to Beethoven’s image and legacy at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and a music workshop for children with disability in fall 2018.
The core team of the Beethoven Society for Music and Research consist of the two founders Yury Revich and Yuliya Draganova with focus on the artistic, scientific and educational aspects, Raphael Ungar and Elmar Bresser regarding the sponsoring, funding and financial part. The society has established an advisory board of prominent musicians, musicologists and patrons of the arts, who provide feedback and support.
Socially engaged work of the BSMR
A person’s life is often defined by factors one cannot change or have any influence on. Specific health conditions can interfere with the professional and social life of people, leading to isolation, loss of self-esteem, depression. Public discussions in the last decades have led to the realization, that the way society talks about and represents people with health issues or disabilities is among the main problems these people daily struggle with. Personal achievements and participation in life cannot be measured or restrained by society’s view on norms and impairments. History has known many examples of outstanding achievements by people with health issues, disability or unfavorable social background. When speaking about Ludwig van Beethoven, Frida Kahlo or Stephen Hawking we focus on their visionary work, their passion and their contribution to society. One of our goals with the Beethoven Society for Music and Research is to encourage and empower young people with disability to participate in the musical life of Vienna by creating a series of concert and workshops, as well as raising the awareness for the achievements of musicians with disability.