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



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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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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Beethoven and the Organ

Kirche St. Josef Beuel | 53225 Bonn-Beuel

Lecture with musical examples

Side programme

"Spark of the Gods" – Night of the Churches in Bonn

various venues |

Event Organizer: Christian Churches Working Group (Arbeitskreis Christlicher Kirchen, ACK) and the parishes

Starts at 6:00 pm and carries on into the night.


"Beethoven – so what?" – Presentation of a school project in Münster

Pädagogisches Zentrum des Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasiums | 48159 Münster

The Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium is planning an exhibition project in cooperation with students of the Institute for Music Education at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster. The project is dedicated to two main topics and aims to make Beethoven's music accessible in a new way.


Recital - Georg Nigl/Olga Pashchenko

Kammermusiksaal des Beethoven-Hauses Bonn | 53111 Bonn

Olga Pashchenko was introduced to visitors to the Beethoven House at an early age as an outstanding pianist, especially on historical instruments. In the meantime, thanks to her "universal artistic personality" she has

She has made a career and gives concerts not only as a soloist but also as a duo partner on international stages. With the internationally sought-after Austrian baritone Georg Nigl she has prepared a special programme around Beethoven's song cycle "An die ferne Geliebte".


CARPE MUSICAM - building a bridge between young and old

Senioren Wohnstift Beethoven | 53332 Bornheim

Beethoven in the underground car park? Yes, awaken and dare to do something new. We will offer an extraordinary, cool venue that appeals to young people, but will perform a classical concert programme there that is more likely to attract an older audience. The convex architecture of the underground car park offers an extraordinarily intense sound experience and members of the Beethoven Orchestra will take on this challenge.

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