The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Berlin Philharmonic (in German: Die Berliner Philharmoniker), is an orchestra based in Berlin, Germany. In 2006, a group of ten European media outlets voted the Berlin Philharmonic number three on a list of “top ten European Orchestras”, after the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Its primary concert venue is the Philharmonie, located in the Kulturforum area of the city. Since 2002, its principal conductor is Sir Simon Rattle. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra also supports several chamber music ensembles. The funding for the organization is subsidized by the city of Berlin and a partnership with Deutsche Bank.

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February 2020

Date Time Venue Details
04 Feb 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Beatrice Rana piano

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Isaac Albéniz and Igor Stravinsky

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07 Feb 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Ensemble Correspondances
Sébastien Daucé organ and direction
Lucile Richardot mezzo-soprano

Works by Robert Johnson, John Coperario, William Lawes, Martin Peerson, Nicolas Lanier, Matthew Locke, James Hart, George Jeffreys and Henry Purcell

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12 Feb 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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13 Feb 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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14 Feb 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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15 Feb 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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16 Feb 2020 16:00 Chamber Music Hall Philharmonic Salon
Heikko Deutschmann speaker
Imogen Kogge speaker
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Cordelia Höfer piano
Götz Teutsch programme supervision
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16 Feb 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Philharmonic Piano Quintet

Works by Frank Bridge, Danny Elfman and Johannes Brahms

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17 Feb 2020 20:00 Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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18 Feb 2020 19:30 Hannover Congress Centrum, Kuppelsaal Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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19 Feb 2020 20:00 Kölner Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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20 Feb 2020 20:00 Alte Oper Frankfurt Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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21 Feb 2020 19:30 Kulturpalast Dresden Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Sergei Rachmaninov

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23 Feb 2020 16:00 Chamber Music Hall Philharmonic Salon
Heikko Deutschmann speaker
Imogen Kogge speaker
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Cordelia Höfer piano
Götz Teutsch programme supervision
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26 Feb 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
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Ulrich Matthes speaker
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27 Feb 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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28 Feb 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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29 Feb 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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March 2020

Date Time Venue Details
01 Mar 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Scholars of the Karajan Academy
Ariane Matiakh direction
Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano

Works by Joseph Haydn, Gabriel Fauré and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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05 Mar 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven

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06 Mar 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven

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07 Mar 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven

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09 Mar 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Bernhard Forck violin and direction

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

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12 Mar 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Luciano Berio and Béla Bartók

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13 Mar 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Luciano Berio and Béla Bartók

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13 Mar 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Festival Tel Aviv – Berlin
Israel Contemporary Players
Ilan Volkov conductor
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14 Mar 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Luciano Berio and Béla Bartók

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14 Mar 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Festival Tel Aviv – Berlin
Israel Contemporary Players
Ilan Volkov conductor
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25 Mar 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic
Jazzrausch Bigband
STEGREIF.orchester
Nils Landgren trombone
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April 2020

Date Time Venue Details
03 Apr 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall La Voce Strumentale
Dmitry Sinkovsky direction
Julia Lezhneva soprano

Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Nicola Porpora, Carl Heinrich Graun, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Adolf Hasse and Georg Friedrich Händel

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04 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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05 Apr 2020 11:00 Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Salon Make Enquiry
05 Apr 2020 14:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Works by Ludwig van Beethoven Make Enquiry
05 Apr 2020 15:30 Theater Baden-Baden Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus

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05 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Tugan Sokhiev conductor

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Modest Mussorgsky

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05 Apr 2020 21:30 Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Ludwig van Beethoven Septet in E flat major, op. 20

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06 Apr 2020 15:30 Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Anton Webern and Josef Suk

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06 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6

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07 Apr 2020 11:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Berlin Philharmonic Winds

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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07 Apr 2020 12:30 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Works by Ludwig van Beethoven Make Enquiry
07 Apr 2020 14:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Works by Ludwig van Beethoven Make Enquiry
07 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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08 Apr 2020 15:30 Kulturhaus LA8, Kristallsaal, Baden-Baden Juliane Banse soprano
Feininger Trio

Works by Wolfgang Rihm, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Hans Werner Henze

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08 Apr 2020 21:00 Casino Baden-Baden Bolero Berlin Make Enquiry
09 Apr 2020 20:30 Theater Baden-Baden Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus

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10 Apr 2020 13:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Helena Madoka Berg violin
Bettina Sartorius violin
Martin Stegner viola
Yumino Weber cello
Venus Ensemble Berlin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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10 Apr 2020 14:30 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Christoph von der Nahmer violin
Cornelia Gartemann violin
Julia Gartemann viola
Martin Menking cello
Borchard Quartett

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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10 Apr 2020 16:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Athenäum Quartett
Christoph von der Nahmer violin
Anna Mehlin violin
Kyoung Min Park viola
Nikolaus Römisch cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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10 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven Missa solemnis in D major, op. 123

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11 Apr 2020 14:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal Christophe Horák violin
Simon Roturier violin
Micha Afkham viola
Bruno Delepelaire cello
Brahms Ensemble
Cornelia Gartemann violin
Ludwig Quandt cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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11 Apr 2020 15:30 Theater Baden-Baden Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Vocal Soloists from Baden-Württemberg’s Academies of Music

Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus

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11 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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12 Apr 2020 13:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Philharmonisches Streichquartett
Apos Quartett
Noah Bendix-Balgley violin
Luis Esnaola López violin
Amihai Grosz viola
Stephan Koncz cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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12 Apr 2020 16:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Varian Fry Quartett
Marzona Quartett

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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12 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert Blomstedt conductor

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Bruckner

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13 Apr 2020 13:00 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Aleksandar Ivic violin
Anna Mehlin violin
Sebastian Krunnies viola
Solène Kermarrec cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131

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13 Apr 2020 14:30 Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal Daniel Stabrawa violin
Krzysztof Polonek violin
Amihai Grosz viola
Dietmar Schwalke cello
Noah Bendix-Balgley violin
Marlene Ito violin
Naoko Shimizu viola
Knut Weber cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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13 Apr 2020 18:00 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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17 Apr 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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19 Apr 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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23 Apr 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Iván Fischer conductor

Works by Joseph Haydn and Franz Liszt

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24 Apr 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Iván Fischer conductor

Works by Joseph Haydn and Franz Liszt

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25 Apr 2020 14:00 Chamber Music Hall Beethoven Marathon

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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26 Apr 2020 14:00 Chamber Music Hall Beethoven Marathon

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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May 2020

Date Time Venue Details
01 May 2020 12:00 Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler and Max Bruch

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02 May 2020 21:00 Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6

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03 May 2020 20:00 International Convention Center Jerusalem Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6

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06 May 2020 19:30 Palace of Arts, Budapest Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler

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07 May 2020 20:00 Smetana Hall, Prag Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler

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08 May 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic
Grégoire Maret harmonica
Romain Collin piano
Edmar Castañeda harp
Special Guest: N. N. N. N.
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09 May 2020 19:30 Musikverein, Wien Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler

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10 May 2020 19:30 Musikverein, Wien Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6

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11 May 2020 20:15 Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler

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13 May 2020 20:15 Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6

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14 May 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Cédric Tiberghien piano

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Morton Feldman, John Cage and George Crumb

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14 May 2020 20:00 Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler

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15 May 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Luxembourg Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler

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18 May 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Philharmonic Octet Berlin

Works by Hugo Kaun, Toshio Hosokawa and Franz Schubert

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19 May 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Berliner Barock Solisten
Reinhard Goebel direction
Benjamin Appl baritone
Christoph Hartmann oboe

Works by Johann Bernhard Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Monsieur Bach de Berlin and Johann Sebastian Bach

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21 May 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Andrzej Panufnik and Franz Schubert

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22 May 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Andrzej Panufnik and Franz Schubert

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24 May 2020 16:00 Chamber Music Hall Philharmonic Salon Make Enquiry
25 May 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Renaud Capuçon violin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

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26 May 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Scholars of the Karajan Academy
Zoi Tsokanou conductor
Marlis Petersen soprano

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ernst Krenek, Arnold Schoenberg, Manfred Trojahn and Walter Braunfels

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28 May 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Tugan Sokhiev conductor
Emmanuel Pahud flute

Works by Aram Khachaturian and Igor Stravinsky

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29 May 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Tugan Sokhiev conductor
Emmanuel Pahud flute

Works by Aram Khachaturian and Igor Stravinsky

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30 May 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Tugan Sokhiev conductor
Emmanuel Pahud flute

Works by Aram Khachaturian and Igor Stravinsky

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31 May 2020 16:00 Chamber Music Hall Philharmonic Salon Make Enquiry

June 2020

Date Time Venue Details
04 Jun 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Mariss Jansons conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
Guillaume Jehl trumpet

Works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky

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05 Jun 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Mariss Jansons conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
Guillaume Jehl trumpet

Works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky

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06 Jun 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Mariss Jansons conductor
Denis Matsuev piano
Guillaume Jehl trumpet

Works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky

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09 Jun 2020 20:00 Chamber Music Hall Marlis Petersen soprano
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Stephan Matthias Lademann piano

Works by Karl Weigl, Franz Schubert and Theodor Kirchner

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11 Jun 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

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12 Jun 2020 20:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

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13 Jun 2020 19:00 Philharmonie Berliner Philharmoniker
Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

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20 Jun 2020 20:15 Waldbühne Berlin Berliner Philharmoniker
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
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About the Event

The 1890s – symphonic grandeur, chamber-music idyll

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2011/2012 season will be focusing on the 1890s. During these years of grandiloquent, ear-splitting music, universal historic validity was claimed for orchestral works like the powerful symphonic quadriga that can be experienced next season in the Philharmonie: Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” (1893), Mahler’s “Resurrection” (1895), as part of the complete cycle, Bruckner’s Ninth (1896) and Dvorák’s “New World”. But alongside such expansive works, the decade also produced quiet idylls of exquisite euphony, chamber-music masterpieces headed by the compositions of Johannes Brahms, who not only represented his age but also transcended it. Also typical of the period are the creations of Max Bruch, Hugo Wolf, Max Reger and August Klughardt.

Late Night: Luciano Berio

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s focus on Berio pays homage to an outstanding, completely undogmatic creator of new music. His works reflect the Italian composer’s extensive and profound experience with his great musical forebears, especially with Gustav Mahler. Eight of his 14 Sequenzas – a cycle of solo works, some in orchestral versions – will be presented by members of the orchestra. The new Late Night series, which directly follows five concerts in the big auditorium, offers an ideal venue for the Berio pieces, which will be presented in context with other major examples of new music.

Soloists from the orchestra

Soloists have been a permanent fixture of Philharmonic concerts since 1882. Current and former players have made solo appearances with the orchestra, as have touring virtuosi and famous artists who settled in Berlin. Along with internationally prominent guests, the 2011/2012 season is providing four musicians from the Philharmonic’s own ranks with grateful assignments. The trumpeter Gábor Tarkövi will be heard with percussionist Jan Schlichte in Wolfgang Rihm’s rhapsody Marsyas; Daniel Stabrawa will revive the Third Violin Concerto of the Hungarian Jeno Hubay; Guy Braunstein dedicates his virtuosity to the Violin Concerto by Brahms and Albrecht Mayer will bring his to bear on Richard Strauss’s late Oboe Concerto.

Singers

The world of vocal music embraces so much more than just a voice with piano accompaniment. The concert series Singers illuminates different facets of vocal delivery. Gerald Finley will be accompanied by a string quartet and a trio consisting of oboe, viola and piano, while Magdalena Kožená will be joined by Berlin’s Scharoun Ensemble. Of course, there will also be “classical” song recitals, though with exceptional programmes: Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Liszt, Fauré, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky; Jonas Kaufmann has chosen songs by Duparc, Mahler and Strauss; Sophie Karthäuser is juxtaposing Verlaine settings by Debussy, Foccroulle and Hahn; while Joyce DiDonato goes on a musical journey to Venice.

Chamber Music

The quartet concert is the classical form of chamber performance, and thus the six evenings making up the series Quartet are cornerstones of the Philharmonic’s chamber music. Once again this season leading international ensembles will be coming to Berlin, including the Cuarteto Casals, the Vogler Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Emerson Quartet. The Philharmonie will also celebrate a major anniversary of one of its own ensembles: 25 years since the founding of the Philharmonia Quartet. In the Chamber Music Prism series, other formations – piano trio, wind quintet and brass ensemble – will present repertoire ranging from the early Baroque of Michael Praetorius to contemporary pieces.

Piano Recitals

The roster of artists who will be seating themselves at the Chamber Music Hall’s Steinway grand in the Piano series is highly international: along with familiar faces like the Italian Maurizio Pollini, the Chinese Lang Lang and New York-born Murray Perahia – this year’s Pianist in Residence – we welcome three Philharmonic debutants: the British Christian Blackshaw as well as the French Lise de la Salle and American Jonathan Biss, two outstanding talents of the young generation.

Choral Works

Rundfunkchor Berlin is one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s closest and longest-standing musical partners. Again in the 2011/12 the chorus and the orchestra will join forces for exciting projects, among them the world premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s new Weltethos and performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. But other renowned choruses will also be collaborating with the Philharmonic: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig (Mahler: Symphony No. 8), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Beethoven: Missa Solemnis), RIAS Kammerchor (Debussy: Nocturnes) and the Boys of Berlin’s Staats- und Domchor (Mahler: Symphony No. 8).