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




In a new, interactive online project by Google Arts & Culture in cooperation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn and 17 other international partners, users…

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Germany-wide BTHVN2020 Anniversary celebrates Beethoven's 250th Birthday and is being extended. The Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH, which coordinates the…

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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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Beethoven cycle with Heidrun Holtmann, Concert VII

Schloss Ahaus | 48683 Ahaus

The pianist Heidrun Holtmann interprets all Beethoven piano sonatas in 8 evenings. The concerts take place in private homes and public venues in Westmünsterland.

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Beethoven and his Bohemian Contemporaries

Woelfl-Haus Bonn, Woelflsaal | 53123 Bonn

Sun 6 December 2020 | 4 pm - Michael Faust (flute), Mattia Fusi (piano)

Stream concert with limited audience in the hall

Works by L. v. Beethoven, A. Reicha and J.G. Benda


Beethoven's hearing

Musikinstrumenten-Museum des Staatlichen Instituts für Musikforschung | 10785 Berlin

Workshop from 3 - 4.30 pm


How could Beethoven compose when he was already hard of hearing at the age of 28 and later completely deaf?


Pianists' Summit

Telekom Forum | 53227 Bonn

Sixteen years old. Eight award winners. 1st concert:

For the jubilee year all

previous first prize winners of the

International Telekom Beethoven

Competition Bonn meet at the original place

of their success, to work together

and give a concert.


BTHVN2020 | Detmold: Mosaics I

Brahms-Saal der Hochschule für Musik Detmold | 32756 Detmold

Mosaics is an annual festival in which students and teachers at the Detmold University of Music (Hochschule für Musik Detmold) prepare and perform chamber music works together on stage. The festival has set itself an ambitious goal for 2020: the concert performance of all of Beethoven’s piano trios, likely complemented by the presentation of a selection of Beethoven's Scottish songs for voice, violin, cello and piano.

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