The Beethoven-Haus is funded by the state and private donors. Public support, which has played an important role since the founding of the Beethoven-Haus Society, still plays a prominent role today. It is augmented by contributions of companies, banks and numerous foundations.


Therefore, we would like to say thank you to all who have recently supported our work with larger contributions.
Public authorities

A large contribution of 50,000 Euro or more to the basic assets of the Beethoven-Haus Foundation constitutes a long-term investment. For the most recent large contributions, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to:

Hermann J. Abs-Stiftung, Stuttgart

Familie Hans C. Bodmer, CH-Rüschlikon
Klaus Peltzer und Monika Peltzer-Leue, Köln
Alexandra von Schroeter, Wiesbaden
Familie Frank Ulte, Bonn
Corinna Wegeler, Wiesbaden
Felix Wegeler, Wiesbaden
Monika Zurnieden, Bonn
Sparkasse KölnBonn
Tabakwaren Hall e. K., Mönchengladbach


With a large contribution of 1,000 Euro or more (individuals) and of 5,000 Euro or more (legal entities), you help to finance important projects that otherwise could not be executed at all. By awarding the title of "Patron of the Beethoven-Haus", we would like to say thank you to our most recent generous contributors:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Frieser, Bonn

Ursula Barske, Mönchengladbach
Dr. Heinz J. Ebenrett, Bonn
Frank Eichfelder, Bamberg
Volker Güldener, Oberursel
Hans-Joachim Hecek, Meckenheim
Dietmar Högen, Siegburg
Hans Kähler, Rhauderfehn
Sigrid Kümmerlein, Bonn
Margot Nisita, Bonn
Dorothee und Dr. Manfred van Rey, Königswinter
Angela Shuo Li, New York, U.S.A.
Rolf und Margot Zeppenfeld, Wipperfürth


Ursula und Dr. Hans Dieter Laux

Paul Gerhard Abel
Dr. Wolfgang Angerstein
Bankhaus B. Metzler seel. Sohn & CoKGaA
Ingrid Batschi
Dr. Werner-Richard Boecker
Dr. Stephan Brühl
Dr. Sebastian Drube
Dr. Andreas Ebert
Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckhardt
Gerhard Eichhorn
Dr. Roland Estermann
Freudenhammer Maas & Partner mbB
Reinhold Fries
Dr. Peter Gebhardt
Hannelore Gerbener
GIG Technology & Real Estate GmbH
Gregor Grimm
Dirk Grossmann
Dr. Heike Hartwig
Ina Helms
Hilfswerk des Lions Club
Ulrich Hoffmann
Gavin Holt
Renate Horn
Jutta Imhoff
Hans Kraft
Dr. Thomas Lauck
Margit und Josef Laufer
Prof. Dr. Marcus Lutter
Prof. Dr. Yury Manin
Matthias Ohmer
Maik Pagels
Carol Ann Pereira
Wolfgang Pluth
Stefan Pottschmidt
Christel Proost
Hans-Hinrich Samuelsen
Christoph Scheur
Elmar Schmitz
Martin Smit
Michael Striebich
Christian Stroff
Ellen Tenwinkel
Charles Thibo
Christel Seebohm
VR-Bank Bonn eG
Patricia und Martin Wambach
Ellen Weise
Annette Wieandt

Honorary members

Since its foundation in 1889, the Beethoven-Haus Association has often recognized outstanding musicians and notabilities by awarding them honorary membership.

They include:
Artemis-Quartett, Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Gewandhaus-Quartett Leipzig, Luitgard Hartmann, Julius-Wegelersche Familienstiftung, György Kurtag, Lewis Lockwood, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Igor Oistrach, Natalia Oistrach-Zertsalova, Maurizio Pollini, András Schiff, Peter Serkin, Andreas Staier

And also included:
Claudio Abbado, José Antonio Abreu, Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Backhaus, Alban-Berg-Quartett, Hans Conrad Bodmer, Karl Böhm, Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Adolf Busch, Pablo Casals, Hermann Deiters, Werner Egk, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Andor Foldes, Pierre Fournier, Anne-Liese Gielen, Hermann von Helmholtz, Anne-Liese Henle, Anthony van Hoboken, Ludwig Hoelscher, Joseph Joachim, Herbert von Karajan, Wilhelm Kempff, Friedrich Knickenberg, Otto Klemperer, Kurt Masur, Melos-Quartett, Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Mies, Hermann Neusser, Elly Ney, David Oistrach, Ignaz Paderewski, Josef Pembaur d.J., Hans Pfitzner, Max Reger, Mstislaw Rostropowitsch, Ludwig Schiedermair, Ferdinand August Schmidt, Joseph Schmidt-Görg, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Clara Schumann, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Richard Strauss, Alexander Wheelock Thayer, Alan Tyson, Giuseppe Verdi, Theodor Wildeman, Leonhardt Wolff, Caspar von Zumbusch


Contribution for sponsorship

The responsible body for the Beethoven-Haus is a member-based association with democratic principles that was founded in 1889. Anybody can join it, and currently it has more than 700 members. In 1999 the Beethoven-Haus Foundation was added. Its mission is to support the activities of the Beethoven-Haus in the long run–with funds and ideas. On the occasion of the association's 125th founding anniversary in 2014, the Beethoven-Haus Foundation established the so-called "Friends and patrons of the Beethoven-Haus". So, there are two ways to actively support the Beethoven-Haus: as a member of the association or as a member of the friends and patrons group.

Membership of the Association Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Today the Beethoven-Haus Association has about 700 members. Any individual who wants to support the Beethoven-Haus can join as a member. To apply for membership, click here. According to its constitution the Association has been established to care for the memory of Beethoven's works in musical, museum and musicological ways. For extraordinary efforts to help preserve the memory of Ludwig van Beethoven, entitled members can be granted an honorary membership.

The annual minimum subscription fees are
100,- Euro individuals
150,- Euro married couples
50,- Euro pensioners
75,- Euro married pensioners
85,- Euro jung persons (until 27 years)
500,- Euro juristic persons

Subscription is payable at the beginning of the year via direct debit.

Every year in June there is an annual general assembly, in which the board and those responsible at the Beethoven-Haus report to the members on the work in the previous year.

As a member you will be given reduced rates for the Museum; in addition you will receive a pass entitling you to a discount for the concerts in the Chamber Music Hall organized by the Beethoven-Haus. You will also receive an annual gift from the Publishers as well as the magazine Appassionato.

Friends and patrons of the Foundation Beethoven-Haus Bonn

The friends and patrons group of the Foundation Beethoven-Haus is open for anyone interested in supporting the activities of the Beethoven-Haus without officially joining the association. This is a good option for businesses that cannot join any associations due to their compliance policies or for individuals living far away or abroad and who therefore cannot or do not wish to partake in the association's many activities. Friends and patrons of the Beethoven-Haus receive the same information and offers as association members. However, they may not attend the annual members' reunion.

If you wish, you may support the friends and patrons of the Beethoven-Haus by making a monetary donation or donation in kind:
  • As a contributor with a one-off financial contribution or donation in kind.

  • As a sponsor with an annual donation.

  • As a patron with a large donation.

  • As a founder with a contribution to the basic assets of the foundation.

For more information see the broschure "Kreis der Freunde und Förderer des Beethoven-Hauses" (in German)

Your contact person:
Foundation Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Mr Malte Boecker, Directorate
Bonngasse 24-26
53113 Bonn
Ph.: +49 228 98175-11
Bank information of the Beethoven-Haus Foundation:
Sparkasse KölnBonn:
IBAN: DE79 3705 0198 1900 8390 26, BIC: COLSDE33XXX
Deutsche Bank AG:
IBAN: DE41 3807 0059 0079 2010 00, BIC: DEUTDEDK380

About us

The Beethoven-Haus Bonn association, founded in 1889, is the leading Beethoven centre. It strives to preserve Beethoven's work and heritage. The Beethoven-Haus houses the world's most significant Beethoven collection, a museum at Beethoven's birthplace that attracts over 100,000 visitors each year, a musicology research department with its own library and publishing house as well as a chamber music hall named after Hermann J. Abs where numerous events take place throughout the year. Thanks to the engagement and support from a good 900 friends, patrons and members of over 20 nationalities as well as from the German government, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city of Bonn, the association carries out various cultural tasks of national and international importance. Professor Tabea Zimmermann, the internationally acclaimed viola player, chamber musician and instructor, serves as president.

Due to the promotion of science and research, art and culture, the association is exempt from corporate and commercial taxes (Bonn tax office, corporate tax notice from February 10, 2017 for tax no. 205/5783/2058 for last reported period until December 31, 2014 according to article 5, section 1, no. 9, German Corporate Tax Law, and article 3, no. 6, German Trade Tax Law).

In 2016, in cooperation with the public sector, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn founded the Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft, a non-profit institution, to coordinate and promote the Beethoven anniversary project BTHVN2020.


The association founded in 1889 is the legal entity of the Beethoven-Haus. Over 700 members and numerous friends and patrons support it. The association's organs are the General Meeting, the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees. The Managing Director represents it and also carries out its everyday business. The Board of Directors determines the association's general orientation and basic governance questions and also supervises the director. A Scholarly Advisory Board and a Board of Trustees help the Board of Directors to reach the targets set by the Beethoven-Haus. The Board of Trustees consists of members of the Board of Directors as well as representatives from the German government, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Bonn and the Rhineland Regional Council. The Cologne district government supervises the Beethoven-Haus association.

Commercial activities, in particular the museum shop, are conducted by the Vertriebs- und Service GmbH of the Beethoven-Haus, a limited-liability company for sales and services. It is a 100% subsidiary of the association and currently has two executive managers.

In 1999, the Beethoven-Haus Foundation was added as a non-profit foundation. Right from the beginning, its mission was to support the activities of the Beethoven-Haus in the long run with funds and ideas, thus helping to carry out projects that are not financed by the public sector. The executive members of the Foundation Board are the Chairman, the Treasurer and the Secretary of the founder. A Board of Trustees serves as advisor. The foundation is supervised by the Cologne district government as a control body for foundations.

The Beethoven-Haus is engaged with several associations, federations, forums and working groups.

Beethoven-Haus history


24 February 1889
Foundation of the Beethoven-Haus Association by twelve well-esteemed citizens of Bonn
Primary objective: to acquire and restore the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven as well as establish a memorial
Honorary members: leading figures from politics, arts and science, amongst them Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, Giuseppe Verdi, Adolf Menzel

Spring 1890
The first chamber music festival under the direction of honorary president Joseph Joachim is an overwhelming success.
Presentation of the most comprehensive Beethoven exhibition to date with loans from all over Europe; collection activities begin

10 May 1893
Inauguration of the museum on the occasion of the second chamber music festival

Third chamber music festival; until 1956, 30 festivals of international significance were held; usually one every two years

Acquisition of the original manuscript of the 6th symphony in F major, op. 68 (Pastoral symphony)

26 March 1927
Foundation of the Beethoven-Archiv on the centenary of Beethoven's death by Ludwig Schiedermair as a research and documentation institution
Aim: Record and document with photographs all preserved Beethoven manuscripts as well as compile all printed editions and establish a complete Beethoven library to be used as a basis for various editing purposes

Second World War
Relocation of the collection to Homburg Castle (Bergisches Land region) and to an underground shelter close to the town of Siegen (planning and execution done by provincial curator and board member Theodor Wildemann); return of the exhibits begins on May 11, 1945
Safeguarding of the Beethoven-Haus by Heinrich Hasselbach during the severe bombing on October 18, 1944

26 March 1952
Celebration of the 125th anniversary of Beethoven's death with Theodor Heuss (President of the Federal Republic of Germany) and Konrad Adenauer (German Chancellor) as guests

28 May 1956
Zurich collector Dr. Hans Conrad Bodmer dies and bequeaths his personal Beethoven collection of 750 documents and objects to the Beethoven-Haus

Start of the historic complete edition of Beethoven's oeuvre; 1952: first volume of the sketch edition published; 1996: complete edition of Beethoven's written mail correspondence finalized (includes 2,292 letters)

Deutsche Bank AG und the city of Bonn offer the famous Beethoven portrait from Joseph Karl Stiehler to the Beethoven-Haus as present on the 80th anniversary of chairman Hermann Josef Abs (chairman from 1960 to 1994)

24 February 1989
Opening of the chamber music hall named after Hermann J. Abs on the centenary of the Beethoven-Haus Association

Donation campaign "Wer rettet mein Geburtshaus?" ("Who will save my birthplace?") with subsequent restoration and re-design of the permanent exhibition

7 May 1998
Transfer of the vast Beethoven collection of the Julius Wegeler family foundation as a permanent loan to the Beethoven-Haus on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Franz Gerhard Wegeler's (adolescence friend of Beethoven and husband of Eleonore Breuning) death

"Europa nostra" cultural heritage prize

December 2004
Extension of "The Digital Beethoven-Haus" with two new museum areas "Studio for Digital Collections" and "Stage for Music Visualisation" as well as the associated Internet presentation including a Digital Archive

Acquisition of the engraver's copy for the Missa Solemnis, a three-volume copy that Beethoven himself reviewed meticulously

Start of the international Beethoven Master Classes Bonn initiated by chairman Kurt Masur (chairman from 2004 to 2013); three conducting courses under his direction; since 2010 annual Master Classes for chamber music, 2014 under the direction of chairwoman Tabea Zimmermann

Acquisition of the original manuscript of the Diabellli variations, op. 120, following the fundraising campaign "Weltklassisch - eine Initiative für Beethoven" (Just world class–an initiative for Beethoven)

Tabea Zimmermann follows after Kurt Masur as chairwoman

The Beethoven-Haus celebrates its 125th anniversary

Trainee agendas

For young artists and researchers

International Beethoven Master Classes Bonn:
Since 2006 the Beethoven-Haus offers international Beethoven master classes. At first (till 2009) as classes for conducting with Maestro Kurt Masur, the former chair of the Beethoven-Haus Association, in cooperation with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and since 2010 for chamber music. The funder is the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The classes take place annually and are devised for international advanced students, young musicians and ensembles with few years of experience. The rehearsals are open to the public and each class includes a final concert.

Past master classes

Composers in residence:
In co-operation with the German National Academic Foundation the Beethoven-Haus grants scholarships to young composers.

German composers and conductors Manfred Trojahn (2013-2014), Jan Müller-Wieland (2015-2017) and Charlotte Seither (since 2018) offer additional support in their role as mentors. Successful scholarship holders are selected in a competition held by the German National Academic Foundation.

As part of the social programme open to the public, the newly written compositions are presented by the composers and performed by current and former scholarship holders at a final concert.

The stipendiaries

Since 2013 the Beethoven-Haus has been promoting exceptional international music trainees, offering them a thorough access to Beethoven's life and work. Taking part in an individual programme while staying in Bonn, the young people can develop and evolve their artistic and/or scientific skills. Staff and honorary members of the Beethoven-Haus are also available for additional support and guidance.

The mentoring courses are for advanced music or music science students as well as young scientists, musicians or ensembles in their early professional years up to an age of 32. Among the selection criteria are open-mindedness, a broad general education and an exceptional voluntary interest in Beethoven.
Following the recommendations of honorary members and employees of the scientific council, the board of directors of the Beethoven-Haus names up to four mentees per year.

A significant part of the programme is intensive source studies. By discussing and learning about topics related to philology, music history and performance techniques, musicologists of the Beethoven-Archiv introduce the young artists and musicologists to Beethoven's manuscripts, historical music instruments and other sources of the Beethoven-Haus collection. The mentees are given ideas for new interpretation approaches and their individual work with Beethoven's compositions.
They are also invited to concerts and lectures at the Beethoven-Haus and they take part in arranging the baptism celebration on December 17.

Beyond the scholarship programme every year string quartet students from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, are being supported during their stay.

The mentees

BTHVN 2020

In 2020, Beethoven's 250th birthday anniversary will be widely celebrated. This internationally flavoured event will start as a festival in the Beethoven city of Bonn, the Rhine-Sieg district and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, but will then be extended to whole Germany.

For successful marketing of this important celebration, the Beethoven Anniversary Association, located in Bonn, was founded as a non-profit subsidiary of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn Foundation. It will initiate and coordinate the festive activities that are planned in the composer's natal city of Bonn and in the region for 2020. This will promote and improve commemoration and memories of Beethoven.

Ralf Birkner was named Managing Director, whereas Christian Lorenz will serve as Managing Director of Arts.
The members of the board of management are: Chairman Malte Boecker (Director Beethoven-Haus Bonn), Vice Chairman Dr. Dettloff Schwerdtfeger (Managing Director Beethovenfest Bonn), Dr. Günter Winands (Ministerial Director of the Federal German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media), Annette Storsberg (State Secretary at the Department for Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia), Sebastian Schuster (District Administrator of the Rhine-Sieg district), Ashok Sridharan (Mayor of the city of Bonn) and Michael Kranz (Beethoven-Haus Bonn Foundation).

The events and activities planned for the 2020 Beethoven year will begin on December 16th, 2019 and last until December 17th, 2020 (Beethoven's 250th baptism anniversary).

More information can be found on the portal dedicated to Beethoven's 250th birthday anniversary at BTHVN2020.