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Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano and Cello

with Aura Go and Timo-Veikko Valve

Australian Chamber Orchestra Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve and acclaimed pianist Aura Go delve into the mastery of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Cello in the exquisite, intimate Utzon Room.

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

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  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
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Pre-sale timings:

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General public on sale 9am, Monday 13 December

Two concerts on Saturday 5 March, 2022

Concert 1, 3pm
Sonatas No. 1, No. 4 and No. 3

Concert 2, 6pm 

Sonatas No. 2 and No. 5

Standard tickets $89 or purchase a Sonata Multipack for $130 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

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Suitable for all ages

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“Emerging from the three major creative periods of his lifetime, these works represent a microcosm of Beethoven’s extraordinary trajectory.” 

Aura Go and Timo-Veikko Valve


Exceptional chamber musicians showcase Beethoven’s mastery in this complete Cello Sonata Cycle event

In composing these five sonatas, Beethoven pioneered the repertoire for Piano and Cello. In 1796, at 25 years of age, he wrote the first and second sonata in Berlin (four years before writing his mighty Symphony No. 5, and five years before he wrote for string quartet). He composed the fourth and fifth sonata aged 45, ailing and increasingly impacted by deafness. These sonatas reflect the journey of Beethoven's music and life. Performed over two concerts, Timo-Veikko Valve and Aura Go will explore and expertly unpack these incredible works and speak to Beethoven's unmatched creative power and process.

Journey through the complete set of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Cello, performed by this exceptional duo.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Experiencing Beethoven’s cycle of five sonatas for piano and cello in one day places performers and audiences in an especially intimate proximity to Beethoven.

Emerging from the three major creative periods of his lifetime, these works represent a microcosm of Beethoven’s extraordinary trajectory. The two sonatas Op. 5 (1796) effectively create the medium – inspired by the playing of famous French cellist brothers Duport, these substantial works chart new territory for cello and piano. The Sonata in A major Op. 69 (1808) epitomises the classical duo sonata, the cello and piano now fully evolved as equal partners in a delightfully unfolding interplay of radiant beauty. And with the two sonatas Op. 102 (1815) we enter the transcendent world of late Beethoven, a world characterised by a highly concentrated and potent musical language in which vast scope and scale are attained by way of the simplest means. It is significant that in forging these visionary paths, Beethoven looks back to JS Bach: an epic fugue forms the final movement of the Sonata in D major Op. 102 No. 2, bringing the cycle to an ecstatic and decisive conclusion.

Contemplating these works as a cycle, Beethoven’s disposition seems distinctly sunny: the fierce mood of the opening movement the Sonata in C major Op. 102 No. 1 is overcome by the exuberant joy of its last movement; even the Sonata in G minor Op. 5 No. 2 (the only sonata cast in a minor key), turns from tumultuous drama to gleeful humour. Could Beethoven’s creative collaborations with the various cellists that inspired and helped shape these works have contributed to their predominantly positive spirit? Rendering the cycle at this moment in time, through a similarly close collaborative dialogue between cellist and pianist, we cannot help but imagine and reflect on the creative collaborations that may have manifested in tangible and intangible ways in these works. These performances offer us all – performers and audiences alike – an opportunity to enter into a special kind of imaginative dialogue with Beethoven, and to inhabit the remarkable worlds of these creations.

Aura Go and Timo-Veikko Valve


Sonata No. 1 in F major Op. 5/1 (21’)
Adagio sostenuto – Allegro
Rondo. Allegro vivace

Sonata No. 4 in C major Op. 102/1 (16’)
Andante – Allegro vivace
Adagio – Tempo d'Andante – Allegro vivace

Sonata No. 3 in A major Op. 69 (28’)
Allegro, ma non tanto
Scherzo. Allegro molto
Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace


Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 5/2 (23’)
Adagio sostenuto e espressivo – Allegro molto più tosto presto
Rondo. Allegro

Sonata No. 5 in D major Op. 102/2 (20’)
Allegro con brio
Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
Allegro – Allegro fugato


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$65 per concert plus booking fee

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“Rediscovering live chamber music post-lockdown is a soul warming prospect and these essential Beethoven Sonatas will form an integral part of my re-education. We are in the safest hands with my friends Tipi and Aura, who will bring the poise and power of these works to life in the Utzon Room.”

Casey Green, Utzon Music series curator

Meet the Musicians

Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve Cello

Tipi studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm. He has appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Finland, and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. He has been the Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 14 years. 

Tipi describes the cello as a flexible and adaptive instrument, both in its role in an ensemble or as a soloist across all forms of music.

Aura Go Piano

Aura Go is an Australian pianist whose curiosity and versatility have taken her across the globe. She has been soloist in concertos ranging from Bach to Gubaidulina, has directed concertos and large-scale collaborative works from the keyboard, is a passionate advocate for new and underrepresented music, and brings her imagination and adventurous spirit to older music with a special affinity with the music of Mozart and Beethoven. 

In 2018-19 Aura was a Musica Viva FutureMakers Artist. She is lecturer and Coordinator of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.

Venue Information

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Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

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If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

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In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

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What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

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