Ludwig van Beethoven is the most frequently performed of all classical composers. He was also a radical artist who constantly reinvented himself, expanded the boundaries of music and posed questions to society. Even today he inspires people all over the world. BTHVN2020 will celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth by mobilising people and opening up a wide range of perspectives – both on and about Beethoven more

Ecumenical service for Baptism Day

Watch the ecumenical service on the occasion of Beethoven's 250th baptism day from December 17th, 2020.

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Anniversary concert on 17.12.2020

Watch the anniversary concert with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on the occasion of Beethoven's 250th birthday here.

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Aufgrund der voraussichtlich anhaltenden Veranstaltungsverbote bis zunächst 30. Juni 2021 und den Beschränkungen im Zusammenhang mit COVID-19, hat…

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Lonely Planet, tourist flows and sustainable impulses: BTHVN2020, the German National Tourist Board and the Tourismus & Congress GmbH draw a positive…

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Calendar of events

The Beethoven Anniversary Year will be celebrated with a multitude of events from 16 December 2019 till September 2021. 

Due to the current Corona development, most of the announced events will not take place in the foreseeable future. Please contact the organizer regarding info about the event realisation and possible ticket refunds.

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Official BTHVN2020 opening ceremony

Here you can enjoy the full opening ceremony of the Beethoven anniversary year 2020 once again.


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It had to be – Almost a Love Story – Musical Theatre

MS Beethoven (Schiff) | 53111 Bonn

The new musical theatre play by Solveig Palm illuminates the life and music of a supposedly immortal composer from within using authentic letters, reports and life situations. And of course using the music: from the Adagio to the Con Brio, and the Appassionata to the "Distant Beloved".

Concert Format

Beethoven in Bonn

Woelfl-Haus Bonn, Woelflsaal | 53123 Bonn

Tanaka-Dziurbiel Piano-Duo, Beethoven in Bonn - Moderation: Stefan Plasa

Works by L. v. Beethoven, J. Brahms, F. Ries and J. Woelfl


Klavierrecitals - Yevgeni Sudbin

Kammermusiksaal des Beethoven-Hauses Bonn | 53111 Bonn

Yevgeny Sudbin has already been described by The Telegraph as "possibly one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century". With his highly acclaimed debut CD with Scarlatti sonatas, the Russian pianists an international career. Yevgeni Sudbin is also active as a chamber musician, as his CD recordings of piano chamber music by Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and others impressively demonstrate.

In the chamber music hall Sudbin can be heard for the first time.


Beethoven - so what?! Presentation of a school project in Dülmen

Schulzentrum Dülmen | 48249 Dülmen

The Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Gymnasium provides a multifaceted study of Beethoven's life and work with a music project that spans all classes.


Beethoven also in your city

Stadthalle Vennehof | 46325 Borken

Ludwig van Beethoven

Overture and ballet music from The Creatures of Prometheus op. 43

Symphony No. 3 op. 55 Eroica


The New Orchestra

Christoph Spering

Leichte Sprache

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