Mr Hope, you are Artistic Director of the Frauenkirche – the first person to have been appointed to this position. The theme of the 2019 season was ‘Transformation’. What will the music year 2020 bring?
“Following on from the ‘Transformation’ of 2019, it was my ambition to once again offer our audience a broad musical spectrum of the very highest quality. We will, of course, be paying tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven who was born 250 years ago. That is why I planned my opening concert on 10th January with Lynn Harrell, Maxim Lando and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra around this anniversary.
A second important thread is internationalism. The concerts featuring the Cape Town Opera Chorus and the King’s Singers as well as our major intercultural project Israel in Egypt facilitate encounters with other countries and cultures. On another level, we are reflecting on our roots and traditions, for example with the concerts that Ludwig Güttler is organising and our Vom Lied zum Song programme in May. Also part of this is my concert Fin de siècle/Belle Époque with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in which we embark on a quest in search of lost time.”
As you have already mentioned, 2020 is the Beethoven anniversary year. What does this mean for you, both professionally and privately?
“If it were up to me, every year would be Beethoven year. Nevertheless, I’m glad that 2020 will give the world a fantastic all-round view of this musical titan. For me personally, this is the year in which I will have the honour and responsibility of taking up office as President of the Beethovenhaus Bonn. That is due to happen in February. To a certain extent, I will be following in the footsteps of my predecessor, Kurt Masur, with whom I had the honour of playing and discussing Beethoven. Furthermore, the very first president of the Beethovenhaus was the violinist, teacher and musical whirlwind Joseph Joachim, whom I revere and whose legacy I have been researching intensively for the past twenty years.”