The Approaching Dawn

Beethoven will be on the programme when international pianist Roland Pöntinen and author Åke Holmquist visit the Hall of State at Gripsholm Castle.

Beethoven expert Åke Holmquist and concert pianist Roland Pöntinen will present a programme exploring Beethoven as an improviser and seeker – from the darkness and restlessness of his Tempest sonata to the jubilant finale of Sonata No. 21 (Waldstein), the sonata nicknamed L’Aurore in France.

The concert will conclude with the warm, visionary Sonata No. 31, Op. 110, composed in 1821.

Roland Pöntinen is one of Sweden’s foremost concert pianists. He made his debut in 1981 with the Royal Philharmonic and has since performed with most of the major symphony orchestras around the world.

Åke Holmquist Holmquist has served as artistic director of Stockholm Concert Hall and permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He trained as a pianist in Stockholm and Vienna. He is also the author of a biography of Beethoven.

Top picture: Roland Pöntinen. Photo: Simon Larsson

The concert will take place at Gripsholm Castle. Photo: Hans Thorwid

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a legend in his own lifetime, admired and questioned, challenged and troubled. He worked as an improviser, pianist, teacher and composer up until his death. Picture of the cover of the biography written by Åke Holmquist.