Since its foundation over a hundred years ago, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn has become a key pillar of cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding region. Its concerts, operas, music tuition for adults and children, CD recordings, domestic and international tours and its wide-ranging commitment to social causes have become fixtures in the cultural spectrum. The 106-piece orchestra has also evolved into one of the very best orchestras of its kind in Germany. The man with the job of overseeing the entire orchestra (until at least 2016) is the general music director, Stefan Blunier. The Beethoven Orchester Bonn can also be proud of having won four outstanding ECHO Klassik music awards for its recordings of ‘Christus’ by Franz Liszt (2007), “Der Golem” by Eugen d´Albert (2011), “Irrelohe” by Franz Schreker (2012), and for its educational programme Bobbys Klassik (2009 and 2011).