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Jan Caeyers

Jan Caeyers

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Jan Caeyers is a symphony conductor and musicologist. He studied, worked and lived for many years in Vienna. With the Beethoven Academy he has performed in Europe’s major concert halls. In addition, he has served as special guest conductor with numerous orchestras and opera houses. He teaches at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and is considered one of Europe’s greatest Beethoven specialists. His biography (2009) was published in Germany, Hungary and is in prepartion in China.

Press on Beethoven:

And here, the biography of a musician, written by a musician, becomes music itself. It literally begins to resonate. And it is enjoyable and moving to listen to - as informative as it is entertaining. - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In a pleasantly analytical way, Caeyers questions many of the clichés of the commercial literature on Beethoven (…) The few commentaries on selected scenes relate to the fundamental transitional points of the compositional works: the Eroica, some piano sonatas, Fidelio, the late string quartets. Caeyers’s commentaries are brief but pertinent - and often strikingly original... - Die Zeit

Brilliant, solitary and constipated - Beethoven. A hit! Jan Caeyers’s biography brings us closer than ever to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. - Die Welt

A brilliant biography of Beethoven. A wonderful, moving and revealing life history that I read with great joy. An outstanding
achievement. – Maarten ‘t Hart in Vrij Nederland

A superb biography. – De Morgen

Caeyers new life of Beethoven is wonderfully written and as entertaining as it is well researched. – Friesch Dagblad

The Belgian conductor and writer Jan Caeyers brings the life and genius of Beethoven home to us. – **** Dagblad van het Noorden


  • Beethoven, 2009