LIVE Q&A VIA SKYPE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
FOLLOWING THE SCREENING OF ‘BEETHOVEN’s JOURNEY’
A pianist’s extraordinary search for the real Beethoven
Filmed over the course of four years award- winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven’s five piano concertos.
Considered one of the top pianists of the age, Leif Ove Andsnes offers rare insights into the mind of a world-class pianist and access to his personal and professional life.
Against the wonderful background of Leif Ove playing these 5 pieces, we also show how these works offer a new and fresh way of examining Beethoven’s life and work.
Leif Ove Andsnes’s own life as a top pianist is also revealed – and, despite knowing and performing all the great composers of history, he concludes after this major project with Beethoven’s piano concerti – and a world-wide sell-out tour – that the greatest composer in history is indeed Ludwig van Beethoven.
Phil Grabsky and his company have been making films for TV & cinema for the past 30 years. Multiple award-winners, their films include ‘I, Caesar – The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire’ for the BBC, The Great Commanders for C4, over 100 Tim Marlow art shows for C5 and Sky Arts, Great Art for ITV, Terry Jones history films for Discovery, The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan for international cinema – and many more.
The most recent project, that Phil conceived in 2009, was to bring major art exhibitions, galleries and artists to cinema screens around the world. This strand EXHIBITION ON SCREEN now plays in 61 countries.
Phil has also written four best-sellers – available now on Kindle and Audible.
“High class and wonderful, Concerto demands to be seen”
“You’ll hear Beethoven as if for the rst time”
– The Guardian
– Evening Standard
“The intimacy was felt in every note”
– The Times from the BBC Proms