Beethoven and Bernadotte

This autumn, a truly memorable concert will take place in the beautiful Bernadotte Library, courtesy of concert pianist Roland Pöntinen.

During his time as ambassador in Vienna in 1798, Jean Baptiste Bernadotte (who took a keen interest in music) and Ludwig van Beethoven met on a number of occasions, sharing thoughts and ideas.

The evening's Beethoven concert with pianist Roland Pöntinen will take place in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Beethoven expert Åke Holmquist will also be taking part.

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 image: Roland Pöntinen, photo by Simon Larsson

World-renowned pianist Roland Pöntinen gives a Beethoven concert in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace this November. Photo: Alexis Daflos/

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.