Christmas Special
12-month ticket + free DVD edition with Kirill Petrenko
Order now

Live concerts

  • Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher

    Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher

    Photo: Gregor Hohenberg

    The lieder of Hugo Wolf are unique in their clear-cut directness. Their aim is not the artistic sublimation of emotions, but real, unfiltered expression. Christian Gerhaher, the “foremost lieder singer of our time” (The New York Times), performs selected settings by Wolf of Goethe and Mörike. Conductor Iván Fischer also presents Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, with its shifts between the idyllic and the abyss.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Christian Gerhaher

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Legendes for Orchestra, op. 59: No. 6 Allegro con moto

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Legendes for Orchestra, op. 59: No. 10 Andante

    • Hugo Wolf
      Lieder after poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Harfenspieler I, Harfenspieler II and Harfenspieler III (orchestrated by Hugo Wolf)

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Hugo Wolf
      Lieder after poems by Eduard Mörike: Auf ein altes Bild, In der Frühe, Der Feuerreiter and Gesang Weyla’s (orchestrated by Hugo Wolf)

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Hugo Wolf
      Lieder after poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Der Rattenfänger and Anakreon’s Grab (orchestrated by Hugo Wolf)

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Hugo Wolf
      Poems by Mörike: In der Frühe

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Hugo Wolf
      Poems by Mörike: Der Feuerreiter

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Hugo Wolf
      Poems by Mörike: Gesang Weylas

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Hugo Wolf
      Poems by Goethe: Der Rattenfänger

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Hugo Wolf
      Poems by Goethe: Anakreons Grab

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 8 in C major, D 944

    Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher Go to concert
  • New Year’s Eve Concert with Daniel Barenboim

    New Year’s Eve Concert with Daniel Barenboim

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The conductor of this New Year’s Eve concert is Daniel Barenboim, one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s oldest friends. He also takes on the role of soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 – a work of sparkling beauty and nuanced expression. There are also four famous works by Maurice Ravel, which create an impressive synthesis of elegance and originality. The final highlight is the Boléro, perhaps the most stunning crescendo in music history.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 26 in D major, K. 537 "Coronation"

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Maurice Ravel
      Rapsodie espagnole (orchestral version)

    • Maurice Ravel
      Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)

    • Maurice Ravel
      Pavane pour une infante défunte (orchestral version)

    • Maurice Ravel
      Boléro

    New Year’s Eve Concert with Daniel Barenboim Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts the Federal Youth Orchestra of Germany

    Kirill Petrenko conducts the Federal Youth Orchestra of Germany

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Working with the German National Youth Orchestra is something close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart, so on the occasion of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary, the chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker coudn’t turn down the opportunity to join them for their “Jubilee” concert. And with good reason: in 2013, the Philharmoniker became patron of the orchestra, an ensemble which includes the best young musicians in Germany. In addition to infectious compositions by Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky, the programme also includes a contemporary work: William Kraft’s First Timpani Concerto with the Philharmoniker’s principal timpanist Wieland Welzel as the soloist.

    •  

    Bundesjugendorchester
    Kirill Petrenko

    Wieland Welzel

    • Leonard Bernstein
      West Side Story, Symphonic Dances

    • William Kraft
      Concerto No. 1 for Timpani and Orchestra

      Wieland Welzel timpani

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps

    Kirill Petrenko conducts the Federal Youth Orchestra of Germany Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev conducts Borodin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Borodin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

    Photo: Patrice Nin

    In this concert, Tugan Sokhiev, director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, conducts a Russian programme supported by the choir of his legendary opera house. While Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky are full of primitive power and recount historical Russian war heroes, Sergei Rachmaninov's operatic scene Spring takes an intimate private drama as its theme.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

    • Alexander Borodin
      Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances (original version with choir)

      Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Vesna (Spring), cantata for baritone, chorus and orchestra, op. 20

      Vasily Ladyuk baritone, Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra, op. 78

      Agunda Kulaeva mezzo-soprano, Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Borodin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons and Yevgeny Kissin

    Mariss Jansons and Yevgeny Kissin

    Photo: Martin Walz

    This concert with Mariss Jansons is in a sense a late-Romantic family reunion: Richard Wagner’s Rienzi overture will be presented alongside the triumphant First Piano Concerto by his father-in-law, Franz Liszt. His musical “descendant”, Richard Strauss, in turn, perfected the symphonic poem originally developed by Liszt, such as the famous Also sprach Zarathustra which is also performed in this concert. The evening’s soloist is Evgeny Kissin, one of the great pianists of our time.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Evgeny Kissin

    • Richard Strauss
      Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spoke Zarathustra), op. 30

    • Franz Liszt
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat major

      Evgeny Kissin piano

    • Richard Wagner
      Rienzi: Overture

    Mariss Jansons and Yevgeny Kissin Go to concert
  • Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

    Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is a work of compelling, pure beauty, and for its tone, which both sings and speaks, Lisa Batiashvili is the ideal interpreter. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor designate of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, also presents Richard Strauss’ Symphonia domestica in which the composer portrays his family both humorously and musically. Gilbert also presents the European premiere of Metacosmos by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Anna Thorvaldsdottir
      Metacosmos (European première)

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor, op. 63

      Lisa Batiashvili violin

    • Richard Strauss
      Symphonia domestica, op. 53

    Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili Go to concert
  • Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

    Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Felix Broede

    The international press praised Marek Janowski’s complete recording of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies for its “verve” and “passion for detail”. In this concert, he turns to the Sixth whose appeal, in contrast to other Bruckner symphonies, lies less in metaphysical aspects than in its decisive forward drive. The concert also includes Bruckner’s E Minor Mass, whose orchestration consisting exclusively of wind instruments evokes an intriguingly archaic atmosphere.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Marek Janowski

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Mass No. 2 in E minor (2nd Version from 1882/1885)

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 6 in A major

    Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The culmination of this concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a both overpowering and vivid work, which also includes "the primitive nature of Russian song ... in its melodies" (A. Khachaturian). The French-Canadian Nézet-Séguin opens the concert with French repertoire: Maurice Ravel's charming Menuet antique and Claude Debussy's dazzling La Mer – a masterpiece of musical Impressionism.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    • Maurice Ravel
      Menuet antique (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Symphony No. 5 in B flar major, op. 100

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Martin Grubinger, the “multi-percussion star, who runs around between his many instruments during his performances with dizzying acrobatics” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) makes his debut here with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert includes works by Edgard Varèse and Peter Eötvös in which Grubinger can demonstrate his breathtaking versatility. Conductor Zubin Mehta also presents Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic and powerful Scheherazade Suite.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Martin Grubinger

    • Edgard Varèse
      Intégrales

      Martin Grubinger drums

    • Peter Eötvös
      Speaking drums, Four Poems for percussion solo and orchestra

      Martin Grubinger drums

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35

    Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    When Kirill Petrenko conducted Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony in March 2017, The reviewer of broadcaster rbb was “stunned at how beautiful and breathtakingly exciting this music can be”. The chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker now presents Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, with its shifts between driving momentum and inner turmoil. In addition, we hear the spirited Patricia Kopatchinskaja as the soloist in Arnold Schoenberg’s breakneck and virtuosic Violin Concerto.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 36

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

    Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    •  

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 3rd Part

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A double reunion: for the first time since the end of his tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme features one of the most sensational productions of those years: Bach’s St. John Passion in the production of Peter Sellars, which uses intensive imagery to accentuate the meditative as well as the dramatic dimensions of the work. The singers include the Rundfunkchor Berlin and a top-class ensemble of soloists.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Peter Sellars, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano, Camilla Tilling soprano, Mark Padmore tenor (Evangelist), Christian Gerhaher baritone (Petrus), Roderick Williams baritone (Jesus), Andrew Staples tenor, Peter Sellars stage direction, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    Photo: Achim Reissner

    The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie is one of the best youth orchestras in Germany. For this year’s performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, the ensemble has invited a threefold talent: Jörg Widmann is a composer, clarinetist and conductor, and in this concert presents himself in all three functions – with the clarinet sonata in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn which he has transcribed for orchestra, Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony, and his 2005 Mass for Orchestra.

    •  

    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Jörg Widmann

    • free

      Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
      Sonata for clarinet and piano in E-flat major: Andante (arranged for clarinet, string orchestra, harp and celesta by Jörg Widmann)

      Jörg Widmann clarinet

    • free

      Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

    • free

      Jörg Widmann
      Messe for large orchestra

    Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    During his Berlin years, the adventurous exploration of contemporary music was as important to Simon Rattle as work on the traditional repertoire. This double focus also characterises this evening with Helmut Lachenmann’s My Melodies for eight horns, in which the solo instruments reveal many surprising tonal facets. The finale of the concert is Schumann’s Second Symphony, with an exuberance which repeatedly borders on mania.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Helmut Lachenmann
      My Melodies Music for 8 Horns and Orchestra

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann Go to concert
  • Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony

    Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The music of Gustav Mahler stands on the threshold of Modernism: sometimes sceptical, sometimes self-confident, and yet despite occasional nostalgic impulses, it is always decidedly innovative. Daniel Harding juxtaposes Mahler’s First Symphony with works by Alban Berg and Charles Ives, contemporaries whose musical language has similarities as well as major differences to Mahler. An exciting journey of discovery.

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Dorothea Röschmann

    • Charles Ives
      Orchestral Set No. 1: “Three Places in New England”

    • Alban Berg
      Three Fragments from Wozzeck

      Dorothea Röschmann soprano

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 1 in D major

    Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Arsen Soghomonyan, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Salsi

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Otello Concert performance

      Arsen Soghomonyan tenor (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva soprano (Desdemona), Luca Salsi baritone (Jago), Anna Malavasi mezzo-soprano (Emilia), Francesco Demuro tenor (Cassio), Gregory Bonfatti tenor (Roderigo), Giovanni Furlanetto bass (Montano), Federico Sacchi bass (Lodovico), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello” Go to concert
  • The Federal Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony”

    The Federal Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony”

    Photo: Tom Wassenberg

    •  

    Bundesjugendorchester
    Ingo Metzmacher

    • free

      Edgard Varèse
      Amériques (1st version from 1922)

    • free

      Richard Strauss
      Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

    The Federal Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony” Go to concert
  • European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

    European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris
    •  

    European Concert from Paris

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Bryn Terfel

    • Richard Wagner
      Good Friday Music from Parsifal

    • Hector Berlioz
      Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens

    • Claude Debussy
      Pelléas et Melisande (Concert Suite by Claudio Abbado, based on the Orchestral Suite, arranged by Erich Leinsdorf)

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    • Hector Berlioz
      Love Scene from Romeo et Juliette

    • Richard Wagner
      Wotan's Farewell and The Magic Fire from Die Walküre (Concert Version)

      Bryn Terfel bass

    European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris Go to concert
  • Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Paul Lewis

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595

      Paul Lewis piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes

    Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    •  

    Education choir project

    Vocal Heroes
    Simon Halsey

    Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker, Scholars of the Karajan Academy

    • free

      Jonathan Dove
      There Was a Child for solo voices, adult and childrenʼs choruses and orchestra

      Toby Spence tenor, Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker, Scholars of the Karajan Academy, Vocal Heroes youth choir, Simon Halsey musical direction

    • Nico Muhly
      Excerpts from Friday Afternoons (arr. for Childrens' Choir and Ensemble)

    Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes Go to concert
  • Herbert Blomstedt und Yefim Bronfman

    Herbert Blomstedt und Yefim Bronfman

    Photo: Peter Adamik

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19

      Yefim Bronfman piano

    • Wilhelm Stenhammar
      Symphony No. 2 in G minor, op. 34

    Herbert Blomstedt und Yefim Bronfman Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner

    Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner

    Photo: Julia Baier

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Musical Offering, BWV 1079: No. 2 Ricercar a 6 (arranged by Anton Webern)

    • Alban Berg
      Seven Early Songs (version for soprano and orchestra)

      Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor (2nd version from 1877)

    Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Michael Sanderling conducts Haydn and Shostakovich

    Michael Sanderling conducts Haydn and Shostakovich

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Michael Sanderling

    Bruno Delepelaire

    • Joseph Haydn
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2

      Bruno Delepelaire cello

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Sympnony No. 7 in C major, op. 60 “Leningrad”

    Michael Sanderling conducts Haydn and Shostakovich Go to concert
  • Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich

    Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich

    Photo: Thomas Brill

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Constantinos Carydis

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 34 C major, K. 338

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Chamber Symphony in C minor, op. 110a (orch. Barshai)

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Two Pieces for String Octet, op. 11 (version for string orchestra)

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 K. 504 “Prague”

    Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov

    Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    •  

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Daniil Trifonov

    • Alexander Scriabin
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor, op. 20

      Daniil Trifonov piano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 11 in G minor, op. 103 “The Year 1905”

    Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev conducts Prokofiev and Ravel at the Waldbühne

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Prokofiev and Ravel at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Holger Kettner

    •  

    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Marianne Crebassa

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Lieutenant Kije Suite, op. 60

    • Maurice Ravel
      Shéhérazade, song cycle after Tristan Klingsor

      Marianne Crebassa mezzo-soprano

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Romeo and Juliet, ballet, op. 64 (arranged in the form of a suite by Tugan Sokhiev)

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Prokofiev and Ravel at the Waldbühne Go to concert