Giltburg will learn all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in chronological order, 23 of which he has never played before, as part of celebrations that mark the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Working with audio-visual label Fly On The Wall, he will film his performances and share them as live, uncut visual albums at regular intervals. The project launches on 17th January 2020 with Sonata Op 2/1.
Giltburg commented: ‘This year I will be intensely living through Beethoven’s 32 sonatas and I am excited about the huge challenge as much as the ensuing journey of discovery. What started as a crazy idea is fast becoming an all-consuming obsession.’
To bring the project together, Giltburg has launched a dedicated website www.Beethoven32.com, where he will post additional supporting written material and video content to help his audience connect with the sheer scale of the undertaking.
Alongside this landmark project, Giltburg will complete his recording cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko for the Naxos label.