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The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies


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 about our recent "Art of Biography" exhibition.


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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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Beethoven and other performers 

Beethoven’s Chamber Music International Symposium

April 30–May 2, 2020

Featuring the Takács Quartet

Running in conjunction with an exhibition on Beethoven’s Chamber Music at the Beethoven Center, this symposium will bring together leading international scholars and performers for a multi-dimensional exploration of Beethoven’s chamber music. The symposium will consist of a series of talks, lecture-recitals, and performances on both modern and historical instruments, including the Center’s historical keyboard collection.

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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

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