Live concerts

  • Teodor Currentzis conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Teodor Currentzis conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Photo: Nadia Rosenberg

    The reviews were rapturous: when Teodor Currentzis conducted Verdi’s Requiem at the Elbphilharmonie in April, it had the high suspense of a psychological thriller. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Currentzis conducts the same work, in which Verdi describes the existential terrors of a human being in the face of death. And by bringing all his experience as an opera composer into play, he creates a unique fusion of liturgy and human emotion.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Teodor Currentzis

    musicAeterna chorus

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Messa da Requiem

      Zarina Abaeva soprano, Clémentine Margaine mezzo-soprano, Sergej Romanowsky tenor, Evgeny Stavinsky bass, musicAeterna chorus

    Teodor Currentzis conducts Verdi’s Requiem Go to concert
  • A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe

    A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Christian Thielemann, an outstanding interpreter of Strauss, dedicates an entire concert to the composer – with two discoveries and a crowd pleaser. The evening opens with the extremely charming Sonatina for 16 Winds No. 1, followed by the equally sonorous and expressive Three Hymns, op. 71 (soloist: Anja Kampe). The finale of the concert is an instrumental suite from Strauss’s bittersweet opera Der Rosenkavalier: dramatic, melancholic, humorous but always overwhelmingly beautiful.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Anja Kampe

    • Richard Strauss
      Sonatina for 16 Winds No. 1 in F major, WoO 135 “From the Workshop of an Invalid“

    • Richard Strauss
      3 Hymns, op. 71

      Anja Kampe soprano

    • Richard Strauss
      Der Rosenkavalier, Suite, op. 59

    A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe Go to concert
  • Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

    Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

    Photo: Pavel Hejnz

    Jakub Hrůša presents enthralling settings of three dark tales. We experience Shakespeare’s Othello in the gripping tonal language of Antonín Dvořák, witness the last moments of Cleopatra in Hector Berlioz’s eponymous psychological drama (soloist: Stéphanie d'Oustrac), and Béla Bartók tells with brutal energy the sinister story of The Miraculous Mandarin. Plus a discovery: the inexorable progress of the passacaglia Mysterium času (Mystery of Time) by Miloslav Kabeláč.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Jakub Hrůša

    Stéphanie d’Oustrac

    • Miloslav Kabeláč
      Mysterium času (Mystery of Time), Passacaglia for large Orchestra, op. 31

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Concert Overture “Othello”, op. 93

    • Hector Berlioz
      Cléopâtre, Lyric Scene

      Stéphanie d’Oustrac mezzo-soprano

    • Béla Bartók
      The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite, Sz 73

    Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery Go to concert
  • Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas

    Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas

    In this concert, music lovers of all ages and quiz masters are called for! As part of their Education Programme, the Berliner Philharmoniker start off the Christmas season with a concert entitled Merry QUIZmas! There is an exciting competition between two audience teams, music from the horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and lots of surprises. The Christmas quiz will be presented by the horn player Sarah Willis and the actor, singer and children’s television presenter Malte Arkona.

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    Winds of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sarah Willis, Malte Arkona

    • Merry QUIZmas

      Sarah Willis horn and presenter, Malte Arkona presentation

    Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas Go to concert
  • Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher

    Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher

    Photo: Irene Zandel

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Frank Peter Zimmermann, Christian Gerhaher

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61

      Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

    • Gustav Mahler
      Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Selection)

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher Go to concert
  • New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    For the first time, the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will be at the helm for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert – which at the same time reveals a new, vibrant facet to Petrenko’s repertoire. While German and Russian composers have been the main focus of his previous Philharmoniker concerts, this evening’s programme takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. You can also hear star soprano Diana Damrau in captivating songs from musicals.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Diana Damrau

    • George Gershwin
      An American in Paris

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    • Works by Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim and Harold Arlen

      Diana Damrau soprano

    New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Kirill Petrenko, the new man at the head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, encounters a decades-long friend of the orchestra: Daniel Barenboim. Together, they present Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, whose appeal lies in its self-assured showmanship and distinctive C Minor colouring. The music of Josef Suk, which has received far too little attention, is also a matter close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart. Here we hear his Second Symphony, an expressive work full of pain and sonority.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Josef Suk
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor, op. 27 “Asrael”

    Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim Go to concert
  • Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony

    Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony

    Photo: M. Lengemann

    A medieval city, a knight on horseback, and the sound of the forest were atmospheric inner images that Anton Bruckner said inspired him to create his Fourth Symphony. But the musical substance also makes it clear why the symphony was given the epithet Romantic. A luminous, mysterious sound world predominates, with a prominent role for the warm sound of the horns. The conductor of this performance is the major Bruckner interpreter Herbert Blomstedt.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482

      Leif Ove Andsnes piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 4 in E flat major “Romantic” (2nd version from 1878/1880)

    Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    For the first time, Kirill Petrenko presents himself with the Berliner Philharmoniker as an interpreter of Mahler. The Sixth Symphony is one of the composer’s most disturbing works, bringing together turmoil and idyll, triumph and catastrophe, nature, and life and death. It conveys a world panorama as well as an intimate insight into Mahler’s inner world. For as his widow Alma explained, “No work has flowed from his heart as directly as this”.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

    Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

    Photo: Julia Baier

    Romanticism was not only an epoch of sensibility, but also of radical concepts. No work shows this more clearly than Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. It portrays a drug-induced frenzy, a murder of passion, an execution and a witch’s Sabbath. No less exciting is Berlioz’ sound world: excessive, glaring, brutal – and then again enchantingly graceful. Paavo Järvi also conducts the world premiere of a horn concerto by Hans Abrahamsen. The soloist is Stefan Dohr.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Stefan Dohr

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Scherzo fantastique, op. 3

    • Hans Abrahamsen
      Concerto for Horn and Orchestra − commissioned jontly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the NTR Zaterdag Matinee, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Première

      Stefan Dohr french horn

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique” Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony in three Movements

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Alagoana. Caprichos Brasileiros, Ballet Suite

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphonic Dances, op. 45

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Photo: Holger Hage

    Es sind elementare Botschaften der Natur – inklusive Erzählungen von Blumen und Tieren –, die Gustav Mahler in seiner Dritten Symphonie ausformuliert. Damit schuf er ein gigantisches Weltenpanorama, mit einem überwältigend schönen Hymnus als Gipfelpunkt. Interpreten dieser Aufführung sind Yannick Nézet-Seguin, designierter Leiter der New Yorker Met, und Elīna Garanča, die nicht nur »über stimmliche Schönheit verfügt, sondern auch jene undefinierbare Magie, die man Charisma nennt« (The Telegraph).

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Elīna Garanča

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor

      Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano, Ladies of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Boys of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Photo: Oliver Helbig

    In seinem Oboenkonzert gelang es Richard Strauss auf geradezu magische Weise, im Geiste Mozarts und Schuberts zu komponieren, ohne die eigene künstlerische Identität zu verleugnen. Simon Rattle interpretiert das Werk mit dem philharmonischen Solooboisten Jonathan Kelly. Danach präsentiert er Beethovens Oratorium Christus am Ölberge, das weniger geistliche Andacht als opernhafte Expressivität vermittelt, beispielsweise in einer sich dramatisch zuspitzenden Szene, die die Verhaftung Jesu schildert.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Jonathan Kelly

    • Richard Strauss
      Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major, o. op. 144

      Jonathan Kelly oboe

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Oratorio, op. 85

      Iwona Sobotka soprano, Benjamin Bruns tenor, David Soar baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Photo: Oliver Helbig

    Simon Rattle dirigiert mit Bartóks Konzert für Orchester eines der eindrucksvollsten Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts. Der todkranke, vor den Nationalsozialisten in die USA geflohene Komponist gibt sich hier mal melancholisch, mal sarkastisch – um dann wieder, ganz überraschend, jugendliche Frische, Elan und Lebensfreude freizusetzen. Am Beginn des Abends steht Luciano Berios Sinfonia, die kreativ und unkonventionell mit Klängen, Geräuschen und Sprache spielt: ein geheimnisvolles musikalisches Labyrinth.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Luciano Berio
      Sinfonia for 8 Voices and Orchestra

      Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie

    Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Beethovens einzige Oper Fidelio ist ein Plädoyer für die Überwindung von Machtwillkür und Tyrannei – und eine Hymne auf die Liebe. Eindringlich reflektiert das Werk Beethovens lebenslange Devise »Freyheit über alles lieben; Wahrheit nie, (auch sogar am Throne nicht) verläugnen«. Kirill Petrenko dirigiert das Werk nach Aufführungen bei den Osterfestspielen Baden-Baden in der Philharmonie. In der Hauptrolle erleben wir Marlis Petersen, derzeit Artist in Residence der Berliner Philharmoniker.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Marlis Petersen, Matthew Polenzani, Peter Rose

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

      Marlis Petersen soprano (Leonora), Matthew Polenzani tenor (Florestan), Peter Rose bass (Rocco), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano (Marzelline), Paul Schweinester tenor (Jaquino), Wolfgang Koch baritone (Don Pizzaro), Tareq Nazmi bass (Don Fernando), Stephen Chambers tenor (1st Prisoner), David Ostrek bass (2nd Prisoner), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie Go to concert
  • A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra

    A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra

    Photo: Selina Pfrüner

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    German National Youth Orchestra
    Christoph Altstaedt

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 1st Movement

    • Brett Dean
      “Testament” – Music for 12 Violas

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 2nd Movement

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 3rd Movement

    • Mark Barden
      BTHVN 2020 – Work commissioned by the Bundesjugendorchester

      Adrian Pereyra electric guitar

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 4th Movement

    A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra Go to concert
  • Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

    Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

    Photo: Akos Stiller

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Daniel Stabrawa, Bruno Delepelaire, Stefan Schweigert

    • Joseph Haydn
      Sinfonia concertante in B flat major, Hob. I:105

      Daniel Stabrawa violin, Bruno Delepelaire cello, Sergej Romanowsky bassoon, Stefan Schweigert bassoon

    • Franz Liszt
      A Faust Symphony in three characteristic Pictures (version without final chorus from 1854)

    Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt Go to concert
  • European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko

    European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko
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    European Concert from Tel Aviv

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Christiane Karg, Elisabeth Kulman, Amihai Grosz

    • Gustav Mahler
      Rückert Lieder

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    • Max Bruch
      Kol Nidrei op. 47

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko Go to concert
  • Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa

    Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa

    Photo: Sebastian Hänel

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Stabrawa

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    • Andrzej Panufnik
      Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud

    Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Emmanuel Pahud

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, transcr. by Jean-Pierre Rampal after the violin concerto in D minor

      Emmanuel Pahud flute

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised version from 1947)

    Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons conducts Shostakovich and Stravinsky

    Mariss Jansons conducts Shostakovich and Stravinsky

    Photo: Martin Walz

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Denis Matsuev, Guillaume Jehl

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, op. 70

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra in C minor, op. 35

      Denis Matsuev piano, Guillaume Jehl trumpet

    • Igor Stravinsky
      The Firebird, Suite (version from 1919)

    Mariss Jansons conducts Shostakovich and Stravinsky Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Photo: Mark Hanauer

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    Anett Fritsch

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

      Anett Fritsch soprano, Alisa Kolosova mezzo-soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony Go to concert
  • A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel

    A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel

    Photo: Mark Hanauer

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    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Latin American Night

    • Programme to be announced

    A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Holger Kettner

    Gustavo Dudamel, die Berliner Philharmoniker und die Waldbühne – das ist eine großartige Erfolgsgeschichte. Als 27-Jähriger gab der Venezolaner im Juni 2008 auf der Open-Air-Bühne mit einem spanisch-südamerikanischen Programm seinen philharmonischen Einstand. In dieser Saison leitet er bereits zum vierten Mal das Waldbühnenkonzert, das unter dem Motto Eine Olympische Nacht steht. Und eines ist sicher: Es wird ein weiterer Höhepunkt in der gemeinsamen Zusammenarbeit von Dirigent und Orchester sein.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Olympic Night

    • Programme to be announced

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne Go to concert