Piano performance expert available to comment on 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth

Leslie Kinton, one of Canada’s best-known and most sought-after chamber musicians, is available to comment on the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Leslie Kinton

Leslie Kinton

An associate professor of piano performance at Western University, Kinton says Beethoven would have likely been apathetic to the notion he would be celebrated for his music centuries after his death – even if he would have enjoyed it.

“I think Beethoven wouldn’t have been surprised that he was still being celebrated 250 years after his birth. But I also think he couldn’t have cared less,” said Kinton. “That’s just the type of person Beethoven was. He was more concerned with the music but he loved the applause too.”

Recognized as one of the world’s finest piano duos, Kinton and James Anagnoson, Dean of the Glenn Gould School, were named Honorary Fellows of the Royal Conservatory of Music (as the performing duo Anagnoson & Kinton) in 2019 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Canadian classical music.

VIDEO: Leslie Kinton performs Beethoven piano sonatas

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interest of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

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