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The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies


Gwendolyn Mok, pianist

Beethoven 250th Cello-bration

November 16, 2019 from 11 am - 6:00 pm

A symposium on the complete Beethoven Sonatas for fortepiano and violoncello.

Location: Beethoven Center, 5th floor of the MLK library at San Jose State University.

Free and open to the public!

View flyer/schedule here

Portrait of Beethoven 

Current exhibit:

Currently on display at the Beethoven Center
August 23-December 21, 2019
Beethoven's Hair: 
The Schindler-Moscheles Lock and Beethoven Portrait by Felix Moscheles and the Hummel Lock of Beethoven's Hair and Beethoven's Quill Pen
See the hair and read the stories behind these two different special mementos of Beethoven. Click here to learn more!
Watch the video introduction about our recent "Art of Biography" exhibition.


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Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020

Major events are in the works to celebrate the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most valued and gifted composers in human history.

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Eighth International New Beethoven Research Conference 

The Eighth International New Beethoven Research (NBR) conference will take place Wednesday, October 30, and Thursday morning, October 31 in Boston prior to the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Please click here for more information.

Erica Buurman

New Beethoven Center Director announced

It is with much excitement and great pleasure that the School of Music and Dance and the College of Humanities and the Arts introduce the new Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José State University:  Dr. Erica Buurman. Dr. Buurman comes to us from England, where she was Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.She received a Diploma in Violin from the Royal Northern College of Music; and a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and PhD in Musicology from the University of Manchester. She has published articles on Beethoven’s sketches in his multi-movement works; a second area of research examines music for social dancing in early 19th century, particularly in Vienna and London.

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New library catalog launched!

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