Nature is a Symphony

We invite artists from all around the world to make a cultural statement for environmental protection.

On the occasion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday we reach out to artists from all over the world!

Take a stand against climate change!

And stand up for the UN’s sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement.

Join our global network!

Make a cultural statement by engageing yourself with Beethoven’s 'Pastoral' Symphony.

Perform your Pastoral!

On Earth Day or United Nations World Environment Day in 2020 – or any other day from today.

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QUATUOR EBENE

"Beethoven believed in an ideal of brotherhood among the nations. This ideal has never been more relevant than now. Ecology – the humanism of the 21st century – encourages us to rethink our frontiers."

WDR SINFONIEORCHESTER

"The relationship of mankind and nature is ambivalent. The Beethoven Pastoral Project provides an ocassion to reflect on these questions."

NO BORDERS ORCHESTRA

"The Beethoven Pastoral Project addresses one of the most important issues and gives voice to one of the most urgently needed messages of our time: different people coming together with a common purpose results in amazing progress."

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António Guterres,
UN Secretary-General

„The Beethoven Pastoral Project, an initiative of artists and activists, will use the power of music and an iconic global genius to mobilize leaders and public alike. I wish the project well.“

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Ashok Sridharan,
Lord Mayor of the City of Bonn

„On the occasion of the 2020 Beethoven Jubilee, we, the people of Bonn, wish to draw from our valuable heritage and advocate for a harmonious relationship between man and nature.“

What's new?

Musician Ricky Kej performing for environmental protection

3 ways artists can protect Nature – according to Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej

By Niklas Rudolph | December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ricky believes that the powerful, emotive medium of music can be the catalyst to convert mere awareness to action.

Pianist Paul Barton plays the piano while an elephant touches him with his trunk

How a Star Pianist Makes the Remote Thai Jungle a Concert House

By Richard Kinley | December 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Far from the world’s traditional concert halls, Paul Barton plays Beethoven on an upright piano for powerful and sometimes dangerous elephants in a jungle sanctuary in Thailand.

A striking new mural is getting people, especially the youth, talking about nature in the midst of streets flooded with old buses, cars and vans in Ilala Municipality, Dar es Salaam.

How Art Helps You to Communicate on Nature and Climate

By Niklas Rudolph | November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most of the messages reaching us about environmental degradation and climate change have a looming, threatening rhetoric. Rising greenhouse gas emissions are melting glaciers, the world is experiencing mass extinctions, and extreme meteorological events linked to climate change are hitting communities throughout the world. It is not difficult to understand how people can become saturated […]

Quatuor Ébène performs all Beethoven string quartets

By Richard Kinley | March 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Beethoven Pastoral Project is delighted to welcome “on board” Quatuor Ebene, one of the world’s leading string quartets and Ambassadors for the Beethoven 250th Jubilee.

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