Live concerts

  • Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mala links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Anoushka Shankar

    • Ravi Shankar
      Concerto for sitar and orchestra No. 2 Raga-Mala

      Anoushka Shankar Sitar

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for orchestra Sz 116

    Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar Go to concert
  • An invitation from the Vocal Heroes: Spring singalong concert

    An invitation from the Vocal Heroes: Spring singalong concert

    The Vocal Heroes: they are the more than 200 young singers from the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme. In the Digital Concert Hall, we are broadcasting the spring concert of the Vocal Heroes with a wide range of wonderful, fun children’s songs. Children from Berlin schools will be among the guests – and so can you! Simply download the sheet music so you can sing, hum, or whistle along, too. Simon Halsey guides us through the concert.

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    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Vocal Heroes
    Simon Halsey

    Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker

    • Frühling zum Mitsingen

      Vocal Heroes Children’s Choirs, Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker

    An invitation from the Vocal Heroes: Spring singalong concert Go to concert
  • Free of charge: the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Jonathan Nott

    Free of charge: the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Jonathan Nott

    Musical visions of death dominate this concert with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott. Gustav Mahler’s partly expressive, partly elegiac Kindertotenlieder are among the most harrowing vocal works in the repertoire. In his last symphony, Shostakovich grapples with the end of his own life: desperate and wild. Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales provide an elegant and witty contrast.

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    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Jonathan Nott

    • Maurice Ravel
      Valses nobles et sentimentales (Version for orchestra)

    • Gustav Mahler
      Kindertotenlieder

      Michelle Breedt Soprano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 15 in A major

    Free of charge: the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Jonathan Nott Go to concert
  • Works by Elgar and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Works by Elgar and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Edward Elgar found his violin concerto “awfully emotional – too emotional! But I love it!” And in fact this is a work that wins you over spontaneously with its late romantic warmth and contemplative melancholy. Soloist Pinchas Zukerman returns with it to the Berliner Philharmoniker after more than ten years. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which Zubin Mehta conducts to conclude the evening, is at least as soulful.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Pinchas Zukerman

    • Edward Elgar
      Violin Concerto in B minor op. 61

      Pinchas Zukerman Violin

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

    Works by Elgar and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle sounds enigmatic and dark. This is a spectral psychological drama, clad in an impressionist music rich in allusions. The vocal soloists at this performance with Simon Rattle are Rinat Shaham and Gábor Bretz. As a counterpoint there is – with Emanuel Ax as soloist – a new piano concerto by HK Gruber, whose style is characterised by subtle wit and jazzy swing.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax

    • HK Gruber
      Piano Concerto German Première

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Béla Bartók
      Bluebeard's Castle Sz 48 Concert Performance

      Rinat Shaham Mezzo-Soprano, Gábor Bretz Bass

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle” Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III, while seven cellists can demonstrate all their skills in Boulez’s Messagesquisse. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

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    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená

    • Maurice Ravel
      Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé for voice and chamber ensemble

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luciano Berio
      Sequenza III for female voice

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luciano Berio
      Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Photo: Wilfried Hösl

    Meet the next chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker! On 21 June 2015, the orchestra voted by a large majority for Kirill Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle; the conductor will be the guest at a Philharmonic concert for the first time since his election. Besides a piece by John Adams, you will be able to hear two works of the core symphonic repertoire: Mozart’s radiant and festive Haffner Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, which heralds existential desperation.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 35 in D major K. 385 Haffner

    • John Adams
      The Wound-Dresser for baritone and orchestra

      Georg Nigl Baritone

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 74 Pathétique

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky Go to concert
  • Lisa Bathiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

    Lisa Bathiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

    Photo: Samy Hart

    The appearance by the violinist Lisa Batiashvili is a highlight of the 2017 Easter Festival. Lisa Batiashvili not only has spectacular technique, but also the gift of “musical storytelling” (Gramophone magazine). She now performs a work rich in cantilena, Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. In Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Simon Rattle then shows Middle European music from a more angular, but no less appealing, side.

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    From the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances op. 72 (Selection)

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Violin Concerto in A minor op. 53

      Lisa Batiashvili Violin

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for orchestra Sz 116

    Lisa Bathiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden Go to concert
  • Live from the Easter Festival: Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Live from the Easter Festival: Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Photo: Tatyana Vlasova

    Puccini’s Tosca has had a special place in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker ever since Herbert von Karajan conducted the opera to great acclaim in Berlin and Salzburg in the 1980s. And now, after almost 30 years, Tosca is programmed once again – this time at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, with Simon Rattle as the conductor. The main roles are sung by Kristīne Opolais, Marcelo Álvarez and Evgeny Nikitin. The director is Philipp Himmelmann.

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    From the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Krīstine Opolais, Marcelo Álvarez, Evgeny Nikitin

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Tosca

      Krīstine Opolais Soprano (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez Tenor (Mario Cavaradossi), Evgeny Nikitin Bass Baritone (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk Bass (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Tantsits Tenor (Spoletta), Douglas Williams Bass (Sciarrone), Peter Rose Bass (Sacristan), Walter Fink Bass (Jailer), Philharmonia Chor Wien, Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Philipp Himmelmann Staging,

    Live from the Easter Festival: Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    In Puccini’s Tosca, moments full of love and intimacy alternate in breathtaking tempo with those of jealousy, hate and sadistic brutality. Puccini traces this range of feelings in a musical language that is simultaneously psychologising and breathtakingly beautiful. The title role in this performance with Simon Rattle will be sung by Kristīne Opolais, who is acclaimed as a Puccini interpreter on the great opera stages from Vienna to New York.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Krīstine Opolais, Marcelo Álvarez, Evgeny Nikitin

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Tosca Concert Performance

      Krīstine Opolais Soprano (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez Tenor (Mario Cavaradossi), Evgeny Nikitin Bass Baritone (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk Bass (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Tantsits Tenor (Spoletta), Douglas Williams Bass (Sciarrone), Peter Rose Bass (Sacristan), Walter Fink Bass (Jailer), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca” Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók

    Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók

    Three composers, three distinct musical languages: that’s on offer on this programme with Mariss Jansons. Thus in Jean Sibelius’s First Symphony, his characteristic Nordic idiom is already unmistakeable.Weber's first Clarinet Concerto, in turn, combines stupendous virtuosity and Romantic cantilena. And finally Béla Bartók with The Miraculous Mandarin: a rare fusion of uncompromising modernity and sensuousness of sound.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Andreas Ottensamer

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 1 in E minor op. 39

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor op. 73

      Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet

    • Béla Bartók
      Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin Sz 73

    Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók Go to concert
  • European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    This year’s European Concert takes the Berliner Philharmoniker to Cyprus, more precisely: to the ancient port city of Paphos. Before the city’s Byzantine castle, the orchestra plays works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák which impress with their lyrical zest and warm colours. The conductor is Mariss Jansons, a close friend of the orchestra for several decades, and the soloist in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 1 is Andreas Ottensamer.

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    European Concert from Cyprus

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Andreas Ottensamer

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Oberon Overture

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor op. 73

      Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 8 in G major op. 88

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have already performed Bruckner’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies to great acclaim. With the Eighth there follows the composer’s most extensive work. It acquires its tremendous energy from the interplay of wave-like escalations – the piling up of monumental blocks of sound and falling back into melancholy brooding. The evening will open with a new short work by Simon Holt.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Simon Holt
      Surcos commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Edition Robert Haas)

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Go to concert
  • Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Richard Strauss often came in for caustic criticism for his innovative music. He traces these conflicts in his tone poem Ein Heldenleben: biting, original, with an opulent orchestra sound. Dmitri Shostakovich’s battles in the dictatorship under Stalin were even more existential. Here too, there is an echo of this in the composer’s music, including in the First Cello Concerto – which can be heard here with Gautier Capuçon as the soloist. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Gautier Capuçon

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major

      Gautier Capuçon Cello

    • Richard Strauss
      Ein Heldenleben op. 40

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon Go to concert
  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Sergei Rachmaninov was actually a great melancholic – yet his Fourth Piano Concerto is colourful and spontaneous. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will interpret the work together with Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The music director of the hr-Sinfonieorchester and the Houston Symphony debuts on this evening with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The virtuoso programme will also present Richard Strauss’s Macbeth and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Richard Strauss
      Macbeth, op. 23

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor op. 40

      Leif Ove Andsnes Piano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 47

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    “Simon Rattle and friends”: that’s how one could describe this concert. The composer Thomas Adès, whose Dances from “Powder Her Face” we hear here, and Imogen Cooper, the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, have both been artistic associates for many years. One could say the same about Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, which Rattle has conducted in Berlin repeatedly, including in 2003 at the first dance project of the Philharmoniker’s Education Programme.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Imogen Cooper

    • Thomas Adès
      Dances from »Powder her Face«

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Piano Concerto in C major K. 503

      Imogen Cooper Piano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Chant funèbre German Première

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

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps” Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, composed in New York, presents itself as colourful, yearning, with a somewhat exotic touch – an inspired fusion of American impressions and symphonic music. In an exciting juxtaposition, Gustavo Dudamel will also conduct John Adams’s City Noir. Here too there is a fascinating mixture of styles, this time between classical music and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • John Adams
      City Noir for orchestra

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 9 in E minor op. 95 From the New World

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World” Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato

    The press described Joyce DiDonato’s Philharmonic debut in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust as “ravishingly nuanced” and “angelic”. Now the charming singer can be experienced as a Berlioz interpreter again when she addresses the delicate expressivity of the cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will also present Ravel’s delightful suite Ma Mère l’Oye and Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet music The Firebird.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Joyce DiDonato

    • Maurice Ravel
      Ma Mère l'Oye, Suite for orchestra

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Mort de Cléopâtre, Lyrical scene for soprano and orchestra

      Joyce DiDonato Mezzo-Soprano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato Go to concert
  • Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon

    Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    To sing together, to awaken the desire to make music – that is the aim of our Education Programme’s Vocal Heroes” project. To this end, Vocal Heroes choirs for children and youths have been founded all over Berlin. Conducted by Simon Rattle, they will now present Von der Erde bis zum Mond, a new children’s opera by Andrew Norman – a fanciful young composer who in his own words loves surprising action such as we are familiar with from television series and video games.

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    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Instrumentalists
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vocal Heroes

    • Andrew Norman
      A Trip to the Moon – Première commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the London Symphony Orchestra

      Vocal Heroes, Ela Baumann Stage Direction, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Rarely is classical music as cheerful as in the serenades of the 18th century. Simon Rattle shows at this concert how ingeniously the genre was taken up in the late romantic era. Thus, for instance, Antonín Dvořák expanded traditional forms in his wind serenade to include Bohemian colours. Johannes Brahms, whose Serenade No. 2 has almost symphonic dimensions, went even one step further. There is also a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Serenade for winds in D minor op. 44

    • Mark-Anthony Turnage
      Remembering – In Memoriam Evan Scofield German Première commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra

    • Johannes Brahms
      Serenade No. 2 in A major for small orchestra op. 16

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    The orchestral music from Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen is ideal for a concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne. Particularly with such a dynamic conductor as Gustavo Dudamel, pieces like the Ride of the Valkyries develop an impact that reaches even the very last rows of the enormous auditorium. Like Wagner’s opera cycle, Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony leads us to the Rhine, inspiring the composer to vibrating and sonorous music.

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    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major »Rheinische« Rhenish

    • Richard Wagner
      Einzug der Götter in Walhall from Das Rheingold

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt and Funeral March from Götterdämmerung

    • Richard Wagner
      Waldweben from Siegfried

    • Richard Wagner
      Walkürenritt from Die Walküre (Concert Versions)

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne Go to concert