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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Sonderausstellung des rock´n´popmuseum mit Unterstützung der Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft noch bis zum 3. Oktober

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Informationsstelen und App bleiben Bonn und der Region auch nach dem Ende des Beethoven-Jubiläums erhalten.

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Unter der Schirmherrschaft des nordrhein-westfälischen Ministerpräsidenten Armin Laschet sind in der Bonner Oper zehn Europäische Kulturpreise…

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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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"Madame Dubarry" - silent film with live music accompaniment

LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn | 53115 Bonn

Under the title "Beethoven and his time in silent film", the Förderverein Filmkultur Bonn e.V. presents a total of three silent films with live music accompaniment. The films take visitors on a journey back in time to the 18th century - right into the heart of Beethoven's rebellious era, which was characterised by revolutions and heroes, battles, courage and betrayal.

Concert Format

Superstar Beethoven and his underestimated contemporary Schubert

Bürgerkulturzentrum kabelmetal | 51570 Windeck-Schladern

The chamber soloists of the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Septet in E-flat major, op. 20 and Franz Schubert's Octet in F major, D 803, op. 166.


Beethoven's six-movement Septet is more like a symphony en minature with its variety. Perhaps that is why it gained popularity so quickly. By 1830 it was his most frequently played piece.


Schubert added a second violin to Beethoven's septet instrumentation, which increased the sonority.


www.kulturinitiative -windeck.de


"Beethoven – so what?" - Complete documentation of all project locations in Münsterland

Landesmusikakademie NRW | 48619 Heek

Pupils of the Kreuzschule Heek will shoot a complete documentation of all Münsterland project locations around "BTHVN 2020" in cooperation with the film maker Steffi Köhler.


Song Maker I

Kammermusiksaal des Beethoven-Hauses Bonn | 53111 Bonn

You can't kiss alone


A microphone, a grand piano, a singer and a pianist. That's all you need to reflect all the lightness, depth, tragedy and comedy of life. Max Raabe and Christoph Israel stroll through the music of the Weimar Republic and unearth unheard and forgotten treasures in passing: well-known and unknown titles


Bonner Zwischentöne

Kreuzkirche Bonn | 53113 Bonn

Within the framework of the City of Bonn’s major anniversary celebrations, the pianist Fabian Müller will perform all of Beethoven’s piano concertos together with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra on two evenings. The five piano concertos present a wonderful overall picture of the development of these works and thus the composer himself.



Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major op. 19

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor op. 37

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