Giulietta Guicciardi

Austrian aristocrat, briefly a piano student of Ludwig van Beethoven

Julie ("Giulietta") Guicciardi (23 November 1782 – 22 March 1856) was an Austrian countess. For a short time, she was a piano student of Ludwig van Beethoven. He dedicated his Piano Sonata No. 14 to her, which is now commonly known as the Moonlight Sonata.

Miniature from Beethoven's belongings, possibly Julie Guicciardi

Julie Guicciardi, as she was called by her family, was born in Przemyśl, Galicia in 1782.[1]


  1. Steblin (2009, p. 96) showed that Guicciardi was not born in 1784, as usually reported, but two years earlier.