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The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies


Natalya Lundtvedt 

Beethoven Birthday Bash

December 14, 2019 


Open house: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Recital by Natalya Lundtvedt2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, 5th Floor, Rm. 580, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St, San José, CA 95112

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.


 Beethoven@250 logo


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.

Beethoven composing

New library catalog launched!

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Beethoven portrait

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