Concerts

Its elegant décor and excellent accoustics make the Hermann J. Abs Chamber Music Hall one of the best of its kind in Europe. Since its opening in 1989 it has become a most important venue for concerts, meetings and special ceremonies. The varied programme appeals to many music lovers.

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Chamber music hall

Hermann J. Abs

On 24 February 1989 the Beethoven-Haus Society celebrated its 100th anniversary and opened a new building to the public, which has since then housed the Beethoven-Haus library and the Beethoven-Haus collection. The centrepiece in the new building is the Hermann J. Abs chamber music hall. It was designed by the Cologne architect Thomas van den Valentyn and named after the president of the Association of many years, Hermann J. Abs (1901-1994), who was extremely supportive of the building of the hall. Prompted by the first honorary president, the famous violinst and friend of Brahms Joseph Joachim, the Beethoven-Haus association organized a large chamber music festival in 1890, which was followed by others in subsequent years. Following Joachim's death in 1907 the chamber music festivals continued to play a lively part in Bonn's musical scene up till 1956. With the opening of the chamber music hall in 1989 this old tradition was revived in a new and contemporary form. Since then the concerts organized by the Beethoven-Haus with their rather unconventional programmes have found a special place in the hearts of the music lovers both in the region and those further afield. Cooperation with other departments in the Beethoven-Haus means that the chamber music hall is able to set its own distinctive accents in Bonn's musical life.


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Concert season

Chamber music is the most concentrated form of composing and the most intimate form of making music. For musicians and music aficionados alike, the chamber music hall of the Beethoven-Haus is the venue of choice. Traditionally, the city of Bonn has always had a special connection to chamber music. Our concert series featuring renowned musicians certainly emphasizes this special relationship:

Programme 2018/2019 as PDF
Jubilee programme 2019/2020 as PDF

Beethoven Week

Chamber music festival

In 2014, the Beethoven week was introduced as a chamber music festival of the Beethoven-Haus. It takes place every year at the end of January/beginning of February. Tabea Zimmermann, the internationally acclaimed viola player and president of the Beethoven-Haus Association, serves as artistic director. Using a Beethoven composition as a basis, programmes are developed that even are of contemporary interest.

Concerts and events

Hiring the hall

The chamber music hall in the Beethoven-Haus is available for hire for many different functions and events. The modern, representative hall provides a fitting venue for:
  • private or public concerts
  • private functions
  • lecture series and conferences
  • official events such as company anniversaries, prize givings, opening ceremonies, etc.

It is also possible to hold a reception in the Beethoven-Haus garden or museum's shop following a concert. We would be happy to offer advice regarding the choice of artistes as well as organisation of special events.

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