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2019 Calendar of All Events

13th Annual Sparkling Musicale

Featuring Catherine Huang  and Parker van Ostrand

2019 Winners of the Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition

Sunday afternoon, August 25, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Purchase your tickets now!

Recent Events

33rd Annual Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition

April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., San Jose State University Concert Hall

Call for applicants (deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2019)

Brochure and Competition Application for 2019  (pdf)


Sponsored by the ABS, The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, Silicon Valley Creates, the Horace Dodge Endowment Fund, and the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies.


What We Do

The American Beethoven Society is an international organization dedicated to the creative genius of Beethoven, whose music speaks to the heart and mind of humanity.

The Society’s primary work is the creation and support of a comprehensive collection of Beethoven materials at the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, which is  housed at San Jose State University, San Jose, California. The Center is the largest research institution in the Americas devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven. Today the collection contains more 31,000 items, including more than 360 first editions and 3,500 early editions of Beethoven’s musical scores, some original Beethoven manuscripts, a large collection of Beethoven related books, sculpture and artwork, and sound and visual media, and Beethoven realia (including 2 locks of his hair and one of his shirts).

The Society co-publishes the internationally acclaimed Beethoven Journal,which appears two times a year and contains a wide range of articles, reviews of books, sound recordings, and videos, bibliographies of new books, and news of interest to all Beethoven lovers.

The Society also sponsors research on Beethoven, including the Beethoven Genome Project and the annual New Beethoven Research Conference, andThe Society helps support the Beethoven Gateway, an online research tool and gateway to the Beethoven Center’s digital resources.  The Society collaborates with the Center on special events, exhibits, and other activities to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in the year 2020.


The Beethoven Center

 The Wonderful Ira. F. Brilliant Beethoven Center

The Center is an extensive library and museum devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Established in 1983 when Ira F. Brilliant donated his Beethoven collection to San José State University, the Center officially opened in September 1985 with a gala co-sponsored by the San Jose Symphony. Building on Ira Brilliant’s original donation, the Center now has the largest collection of Beethoven materials outside of Europe. In addition to functioning as a research library and museum, the Center is involved in a variety of educational programs and sponsors concerts, lectures, tours, and other events. Long-term projects include publication of The Beethoven Journaland development of the Center’s online catalog, the Beethoven Gateway. The Center is also the headquarters for the American Beethoven Society.

ABS also supports the Beethoven Gateway.

Please help us by sponsoring an image or first edition in our digital collections! Download our new brochure.

Join Us!

Join us!

Become a Member of the American Beethoven Society. You can join, renew, or donate online or via mail.

All members enjoy:

  • Subscription to The Beethoven Journal with online access to past issues.
  • Invitations to and notices of important Beethoven festivals in the United States
  • Invitations to and first preference on European and American tours
    Discounts on Beethoven Center merchandise
  • Invitations to and first preference on European and American tours
  • Discounts on Beethoven Center merchandise
  • Non-profit gift tax deduction
  • Special announcements of events sponsored by the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

Join or renew your membership online, through our new secure portal. Gift memberships also available.

To join by mail, click to print a join by mail membership form.
Or simply send either (1) a check made out to the “American Beethoven Society” or
(2) a letter giving your VISA/MASTERCARD/AMEX number, expiration date, and name on card to:

ABS Membership Secretary
Beethoven Center
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA USA 95192-0171


Questions about your membership? Please phone (408) 808-2058 or email:

Center Exhibits Online

Click an Image Below to Visit the Exhibit On-line

Beethoven’s Vienna Exhibit

 Where did Beethoven live, work, and teach? Explore Beethoven’s Vienna.Beethoven's Vienna

Schulz’s Beethoven: Schroder’s Muse Exhibit

Explore the creativity of Charles Schulz in his Peanuts comic strip

Prodigy to Progeny Exhibit

Did Beethoven study with Mozart? Explore Beethoven as Pupil and Teacher

Beethoven at around 30 years of age

America’s Beethoven Exhibit

Explore the arrival of Beethoven’s music in America in 1805 and his continuing presence in American culture through popular music, film, theater, cartoons, art, and concert halls.

25 Treasures 25th Anniversary Exhibit

Exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Beethoven Center