We know that the “great” composers Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven were masters of improvisation and used it as creative source material for their compositions. Drawing on Beethoven’s life and work, various experts will investigate improvisation as an aesthetic phenomenon that has provided both possibilities and difficulties for historical and contemporary composers. What does musical innovation look and sound like today? This program will be in German and is presented in cooperation with the Haus der Geschichte. The names of the speakers will be announced as soon as possible. For further information, please visit www.jazzfest-bonn.de. The symposium is open to the public and is free of charge.