My dream is to bring people close to all the myriad facets surrounding Beethoven and his music. Being a university, we will also approach Beethoven from a scholarly perspective and try to categorise him, for example in his historical context. But we will also make the palace that serves as our main university building today perceivable as an authentic Beethoven site. After all, Beethoven wrote music for the prince who resided here. And we mustn’t forget that before he moved to Vienna Beethoven received organ lessons here at the palace church and served as deputy organist for the Mass celebrations of the court chapel.
Beethoven was born in Bonn. It was here that he grew to become a genius. Until the day he died he felt attached to Bonn and often signed his name ‘Beethoven Bonnensis’. This is the place where our experience of his life and work should be most authentic and impressive, not only in 2020 but also in the future. It’s a great opportunity, but unquestionably a great challenge as well. We as a university will do our part to make BTHVN2020 in Bonn unique.