Daniel Hope – “one of the most charismatic violinists in the world” (Classic FM) – has been named as the next President of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn Association. Chosen by election at the organization’s annual general meeting earlier this week, the British violinist will succeed current incumbent Tabea Zimmermann in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Hope also serves as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Dresden Frauenkirche, and Music Director of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, which he is currently leading on its inaugural European tour.
Hope comments: “It is a great pleasure for me to accept the result of this vote. For me, Beethoven is the equivalent of Mount Everest in music history. To have the opportunity to work closely with the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, an institution not only rich in tradition but also at the very heart of Beethoven research, and which is linked so closely to my idol Joseph Joachim, is an honor.”
Malte Boecker, Director of the Beethoven-Haus, looks forward to working with Hope to shape the institution’s future. He explains: “Daniel Hope is globally appreciated for his musical achievements and for raising the public’s awareness of music. With him as President, we will continue to share our message, establish global networks, and explore new target audiences.”