The International Beethoven Project



The bicentennial edition of

the Diabelli Variations CD Album is out!

Learn more about this significant production of the International Beethoven Project and Orchid Classics by clicking on the image. The recording was made at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany within 6 feet of the original manuscript in Beethoven’s hand of the Diabelli Variations, Opus 120, one of Beethoven’s great late masterworks and most astounding and awe-inspiring works. Do go and purchase the CD album (which includes a 24 page booklet) or go listen to it on any streaming service. If you like it, please put hearts wherever you get it from!


Announcing the Third Annual 

International Beethoven Day

December 16, 2023

In Celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 253rd birthday

Launched in 2021, the International Beethoven Project’s 3rd International Beethoven Day is a new initiative to engage and educate the public about Beethoven’s life, music and legacy. 

This endeavor is a long-term commitment by our organization to highlight Beethoven’s tremendous contributions to world culture over the past two-and-a-half centuries, and to bring various partners together to amplify this message and engage people of all backgrounds and of all ages with Beethoven’s story and music. 

As they stand this year, the rules to participate are simple and focused on a global social media campaign. Everyone is encouraged to post and share on their favorite platforms. You may share the posts we will have on our social links below, or you can do your own, or share anything about Beethoven that inspires you or brings you joy, whether music or even funny memes! Just remember to include one or several of these hashtags:

#beethoven #beethovenbirthday #internationalbeethovenday

If you, someone you know, or an organization would like to be more engaged with our efforts, please reach out directly to introduce yourself to us: ibp [at] internationalbeethovenproject [dot] com

Since 2010, the International Beethoven Project has organized annual celebrations for Beethoven’s birthday, known as the Beethoven Birthday Bash, all the way through Beethoven’s major 250th birthday celebration in 2020. Beginning in 2021, IBP began its new approach by asking you to do something for Beethoven on the annual International Beethoven Day, every December 16th. Our goal is to join forces with organizations and individuals worldwide to collectively engage with Beethoven in any meaningful way, in person, on social media and other online avenues, or in any other creative way.

The end of the year also marks the end of our fiscal year, and as a full U.S. -based Not-for-Profit organization, we solicit donations to support our work. Please consider a tax-deductible donation (if you are a fiscal-resident of the United States), or a non-deductible donation (if you are a resident of any other country), to support our varied ongoing projects.

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Since the Covid pandemic hit in 2020, which was the year of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the IBP team decided that the times were right to pivot to media productions, collaborations and education, after an exciting decade of organizing ambitious and memorable events in Chicago. While occasional live in-person events have been and will still be organized, focusing and investing our efforts in media allows us to increase our reach and have a greater impact worldwide. We think it is particularly vital at this time of worldwide challenges to inspire people with Beethoven’s music and humanist message of brotherhood, and focus on educating a new generation of classical music fans.

IBP’s media productions include the multi-disciplinary Beethoven Journey: a film, musical, and art-filled inspirational journey through Beethoven’s real and imagined worlds, centered on the composer’s Piano Sonatas, with a few other selected solo and chamber works. This project will be publicly revealed in phases, beginning in 2023, and through 2027, the bicentenary year of Beethoven’s death in 1827. Update on this project will be posted on this sister website:

The International Beethoven Project is concurrently developing a new online music journal, which will highlight important and exciting stories arising from the world of classical music, with a particular focus on creative people and projects. Further details will be announced in Spring 2024.

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