Berliner Philharmonikerhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/rss/News, press releases and moreen-gbFri, 22 Aug 2014 07:27:27 +0200news-547Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:01:00 +0200Amended opening times of the ticket hotlinehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/amended-opening-times-of-the-ticket-hotline/The ticket hotline is open from Monday to Friday from 09 am to 18 pm.The box office of the Philharmonie reopens on 25 August. Please note the change to opening times for telephone sales: The ticket hotline (tel: +49 30 254 88 999) is open from Monday to Friday from 09 am to 18 pm (except 24, 25, 26 and 31 December, 1 January and 1 May, also during Easter and Whitsun holidays). Ordering tickets over the Internet is possible around the clock.

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news-545Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0200“Fabulous sonority” for vinyl fanshttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/fabulous-sonority-for-vinyl-fans/Sir Simon Rattle’s Schumann on LP in a limited editionVinyl is experiencing an unprecedented comeback. More and more music lovers are revelling in the warm, silky sound of the LP and delighting in the large format album art. The first Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label release in this long-established format is also now available: First class pressings of Robert Schumann’s four symphonies on four LPs, performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. This premium edition for € 139 is limited to 1000 copies. Just like the CD and Blu-ray, the vinyl release is beautifully presented with a linen slipcase and a hardcover companion booklet. There is also a code to download the recording in audiophile studio quality up to 24 bit/192kHz. An additional code grants seven days’ access to the concerts of the Digital Concert Hall.

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news-543Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0200In memoriam Lorin Maazelhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/in-memoriam-lorin-maazel/The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the loss of Lorin Maazel. In the past 55 years he conducted the orchestra regularly, especially in the early years of his career.  The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the loss of Lorin Maazel. In the past 55 years he conducted the orchestra regularly, especially in the early years of his career. The many high points of this collaboration include outstanding performances of the works of Beethoven and the Russian repertoire, among others. The press wrote of the conductor’s debut in January 1959, when he was just 28 years old: “Maazel charges up the Berlin Philharmonic in a highly explosive way, the musicians play like the devil – and it sounds magnificent.” After a break of almost 14 years, it was intended that Maazel conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker once again this June, and other joint performances were being planned. General Manager Martin Hoffmann: “We are very sad that this reunion is no longer possible. We will remember Lorin Maazel as a great conductor, and we have grateful, lively memories of him as a master of energetic music making with a timbral sensuality.”

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news-541Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:30:00 +0200It's a girl!http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/its-a-girl/We congratulate Magdalena Kožena and Simon Rattle on the birth of Anežka, their first daughter, born in Berlin at 4.50 this morning, 21 June. The whole family is already at home meeting Anežka’s brothers, Jonas and Milos.We congratulate Magdalena Kožena and Simon Rattle on the birth of Anežka, their first daughter, born in Berlin at 4.50 this morning, 21 June. The whole family is already at home meeting Anežka’s brothers, Jonas and Milos.

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news-539Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:45:00 +0200Over 10.000 spectators attend festival at the Kulturforumhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/over-10000-spectators-attend-festival-at-the-kulturforum/The Deutsche Bank presented a cheque for 25.000 euros to Sir Simon Rattle as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the support of children in need in Syria. Last weekend, the festival at the Kulturforum attracted over 10.000 spectators to events in the cultural venues located around the forum. In addition to exhibitions and concerts, the varied programme offered, among other things, a fashion show, lectures, dance performances and a church service. The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz organised the festival in collaboration with the Stiftung St. Matthäus and the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment. “What a great weekend! There was so much going on, so many happy people playing or listening to music. You can hardly image anything better for the Kulturforum,” said a delighted Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The festival at the Kulturforum was supported by Deutsche Bank, which celebrates a 25 year partnership with the Berliner Philharmoniker. On the Sunday evening of the festival, before the performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana, Jürgen Fitschen, co-chairman of the management board of Deutsche Bank, presented a cheque for 25.000 euros to Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker who were named international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in 2007. His conclusion: “The festival at the Kulturforum is emblematic for the vibrant partnership that has connected Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker for 25 years. We are especially pleased to present Sir Simon Rattle and the orchestra as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors a cheque for 25.000 euros for the support of children in need in Syria.”

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news-527Mon, 19 May 2014 16:31:00 +0200Lorin Maazel cancels concerts with the Berliner Philharmonikerhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/lorin-maazel-cancels-concerts-with-the-berliner-philharmoniker/His place on the conductor's podium will be taken by Semyon Bychkov. For health reasons, Lorin Maazel will not be conducting the concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker planned for 4, 5, 6 and 7 June 2014. His place on the conductor's podium will be taken by Semyon Bychkov whose now almost 30-year-long collaboration with the orchestra began as a “stand-in”. In 1985, he took over the concerts of the indisposed Riccardo Muti at short notice and, as the press noted, made a “conducting debut of considerable calibre”. Since then, Bychkov has been a regular guest conductor with the orchestra. Instead of an all Richard Strauss programme, we will now hear his symphonic poem Don Quixote in the first part, then the "Great" C Major Symphony by Franz Schubert.

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news-524Thu, 15 May 2014 16:29:00 +0200Mathieu Dufour Wins Audition for the Position of Principal Flutehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/mathieu-dufour-wins-audition-for-the-position-of-principal-flute/The principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra won the audition for the position of principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 15 May.Mathieu Dufour, currently principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, won the audition for the position of principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 15 May. If he accepts the post, he would succeed Andreas Blau, who will reach retirement age at the end of the season. Mathieu Dufour is a native of Paris and studied with Maxence Larrieu at the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon. He has won numerous competitions, including the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition. He began his professional career in 1993 as principal flute of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and served in the same position with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris from 1996 to 1999, when he joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal flute. In addition to his orchestral work, he appears frequently as a soloist.

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news-521Wed, 14 May 2014 09:17:00 +0200Gustavo Dudamel steps in for indisposed Mariss Jansonshttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/gustavo-dudamel-steps-in-for-indisposed-mariss-jansons/Mariss Jansons will not be able to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker concerts on 12, 13 and 14 June 2014 as planned.Mariss Jansons will not be able to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker concerts on 12, 13 and 14 June 2014 as planned. The Latvian conductor must again undergo necessary medical intervention. His doctors have advised a break from conducting after surgery to convalesce, so Jansons has cancelled his appearances in the Berlin Philharmonie. He will be replaced by Gustavo Dudamel who has agreed to step in at short notice. He will conduct the concert programme of works by Harrison Birtwistle and Gustav Mahler as announced. The soloist in Mahler's Third Symphony is the mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger.

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news-518Tue, 06 May 2014 11:23:00 +0200The Digital Concert Hall app for Androidhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/the-digital-concert-hall-app-for-android/This first 1.0 release covers the most important features of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s virtual concert venue. The media team of the Berliner Philharmoniker is happy to announce the immediate availability of a Digital Concert Hall app for Android. This first 1.0 release covers the most important features of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s virtual concert venue: live streaming, video playback of concert recordings, archive browsing, movies and education performances. The Android app is available free of charge on Google Play for all smartphones and tablets from Android version 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”).

The Digitial Concert Hall on Google Play

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news-517Tue, 06 May 2014 17:44:00 +0200Klaus Rauscher succeeds Manfred Erhardthttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/klaus-rauscher-succeeds-manfred-erhardt/ Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e. V. has a new chairman: Prof. Dr. Klaus Rauscher. Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e. V. has a new chairman: Prof. Dr. Klaus Rauscher succeeded Prof. Manfred Erhardt on March 21. A graduate in law and business, he began his career in the Bavarian finance ministry. He was Director of the Bavarian state premier’s office, member of the management board at Bayerische Landesbank, CEO of the Hamburg Electricitäts-Werke and Vattenfall Europe AG.

Since 2008 he has been an independent business consultant with supervisory and advisory mandates in well-known European companies. In addition to his professional activities, Klaus Rauscher has held cultural honorary positions for many years, including as a trustees or on the board of friends of the Munich Opera Festival, the Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin, and the Bayreuth Festival. For ten years, he has been a member of the board of trustees of the Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

To the Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e. V.

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news-515Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:41:00 +0200Herbert von Karajan in the Digital Concert Hallhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/herbert-von-karajan-in-the-digital-concert-hall/From the end of June, outstanding film recordings of Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker will be released in the Digital Concert Hall.Herbert von Karajan: for all lovers of classical music, this name has a unique ring to it. Karajan’s interpretations with the Berliner Philharmoniker set standards which endure to this day. From the end of June, outstanding film recordings of the conductor and orchestra will be released in the Digital Concert Hall, as media board member Olaf Maninger announced at the Berliner Philharmoniker’s annual press conference.

The recordings from the years 1966 to 1979 are taken from the catalogue of TV producer Unitel and document a particularly productive phase in the cooperation between the Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan, the 25th anniversary of whose death falls on 16 July 2014. The more than 30 videos include the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, as well as studio productions of Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Verdi’s Otello. The interpretations, filmed mostly in 35mm, will be available on the Internet in the Digital Concert Hall in HD for the first time.

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news-513Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:25:00 +0200“Der Rosenkavalier” at the 2015 Easter Festivalhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/der-rosenkavalier-at-the-2015-easter-festival/ Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier is to be the central work at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden next year. Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier is to be the central work at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden next year. This was announced by Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, general manager of the Festpielhaus at a press conference in Baden-Baden. The star-studded production includes Anja Harteros as the Marschallin, Anna Prohaska as Sophie, Magdalena Kožená as Octavian and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs. The staging will be by Brigitte Fassbaender who herself was one of the great interpreters of Octavian during her singing career. The choice of Strauss’ opera was “a heartfelt wish of Sir Simon Rattle, which we were only too happy to indulge,” said Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser.

In the orchestral concerts of the Easter Festival, Simon Rattle will conduct Hector Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust with the soloists Joyce DiDonato and Charles Castronovo, while Bernard Haitink and the violinist Isabelle Faust will be heard in a Beethoven programme dedicated to the late Claudio Abbado. Another highlight will be a concert with Riccardo Chailly and pianist Martha Argerich who last appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1996 and will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in Baden-Baden. The Berliner Philharmoniker’s third Easter Festival in Baden-Baden will take place between 27 March and 6 April 2015 with a total of around 40 events, including education projects and the series of Master Concerts with chamber music ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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news-498Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:49:00 +0100Berliner Philharmoniker ask for support for UNICEF petitionhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/berliner-philharmoniker-ask-for-support-for-unicef-petition/Together with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF is appealing worldwide for signatures for Syrian children.In their role as international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the Berliner Philharmoniker ask you to support a petition for Syria's children. Together with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF is appealing worldwide for signatures for Syrian children. The conflict in Syria and neighbouring countries is one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent years. In the most difficult of circumstances, UNICEF provides emergency relief - with clean drinking water, medicine, emergency schools and childcare.

With five demands, the international petition addresses everyone who can stop the bloodshed and save this generation of Syrian children. For example, the petition calls for an end to violence against the children of Syria, an end to blocking of humanitarian assistance, and more investment in the education and psychological protection of all children affected by the conflict. The aim is to collect one million signatures worldwide by 15 March 2014 – please add your signature!

The petition and further information can be found at the following links.

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news-496Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:10:00 +0100Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle on European tourhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/berliner-philharmoniker-and-sir-simon-rattle-on-european-tour/The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle are on a week-long tour taking them to Hamburg, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cologne and Vienna.The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle are on a week-long tour taking them to Hamburg, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cologne and Vienna. The programme for the tour combines classics of the orchestral repertoire with the musical avant-garde: In addition to Brahms’ hird Symphony and Claude Debussy’s impressionistic composition La Mer, the programme includes dark dreams, a work by the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and New York’s Carnegie Hall. It was first performed by the orchestra in Berlin shortly before the tour. This season, Haas, whose microtonal compositional style creates unusual, iridescent soundscapes, is Composer in Residence of the Elbphilharmonie concerts in Hamburg, the first stop of the tour.

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news-494Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:55:00 +0100Noah Bendix-Balgley wins Berliner Philharmoniker concertmaster auditionhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/noah-bendix-balgley-wins-berliner-philharmoniker-concertmaster-audition/Congratulations to Noah Bendix-Balgley who won the audition for 1st concertmaster on 14 February. Congratulations to Noah Bendix-Balgley who won the audition for 1st concertmaster on 14 February. This position was held by Guy Braunstein, who left the Berliner Philharmoniker at the end of last season. Noah Bendix-Balgley, currently concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was born in North Carolina in 1984 and studied at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. He has won numerous competitions and was a laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels. In addition to his activities with the orchestra, he often performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. He also enjoys playing klezmer music.

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news-492Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:37:00 +0100The Baden-Baden Easter Festival in the Digital Concert Hallhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/the-baden-baden-easter-festival-in-the-digital-concert-hall/A new beginning with new artistic challenges in a new environment. In the Digital Concert Hall you can now watch the documentary A Magical Beginning which follows the Berliner Philharmoniker to the first Baden-Baden Easter Festival.The year 2013 marked a turning point in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker: Four decades after the founding of the Easter Festival, the orchestra transferred its very own spring residence from Salzburg to Baden-Baden. A new beginning with new artistic challenges in a new environment. In the Digital Concert Hall you can now watch the documentary A Magical Beginning which follows the Berliner Philharmoniker to the first Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In interviews, members of the orchestra and chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle talk about their hopes, their expectations, and of course their music. The centre of this Easter Festival was Mozart’s Magic Flute – a work which the Berliner Philharmoniker had never played live before. The recording of this performance from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is also available now in the Digital Concert Hall.

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Go to “The Magic Flute”

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news-481Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:47:00 +0100Waldbühne concert: Gustavo Dudamel to take over conducting duties from Sir Simon Rattlehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/waldbuehne-concert-gustavo-dudamel-to-take-over-conducting-duties-from-sir-simon-rattle/Sir Simon Rattle and his wife are expecting the birth of their third child in June. Sir Simon Rattle and his wife are expecting the birth of their third child in June. He will therefore be unable to conduct the concert in the Waldbühne on 27 June 2014 and the Festival Tour concerts from 21 to 28 June 2014. Gustavo Dudamel will step in for him for these concerts. The programme will include works by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Johannes Brahms.

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news-480Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:35:00 +0100Transatlantic Partnership Award for Berliner Philharmoniker and New York Philharmonic http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/transatlantic-partnership-award-for-berliner-philharmoniker-and-new-york-philharmonic/The Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic are the winners of the 2014 Transatlantic Partnership Award.The Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic are the winners of the 2014 Transatlantic Partnership Award. The award, which is given annually by the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, pays tribute to the cultural achievements of the orchestras on an international level. According to AmCham, they inspire and captivate individuals on both sides of the Atlantic, and build bridges which bring continents together. Sir Simon Rattle and Alan Gilbert, the chief conductors of the two orchestras, received the award at a gala dinner attended by some 300 figures from the worlds of politics, business, science and society in the Jewish Museum Berlin. The laudatory speech was given by the German Federal Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble. Previous winners include Dirk Nowitzki and Bill Gates. For the first time in the history of the Transatlantic Partnership Award, the prize goes to two orchestras.

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news-475Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0100Programme Changes in Honour of the Late Claudio Abbadohttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/programme-changes-in-honour-of-the-late-claudio-abbado/The Berliner Philharmoniker and Zubin Mehta dedicate the concerts on 23, 24 and 25 January to late Claudio Abbado. The Berliner Philharmoniker and Zubin Mehta dedicate the concerts on 23, 24 and 25 January to their former Chief Conductor and close friend, the late Claudio Abbado. They will open the concerts with the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. With this work they pay special tribute to Abbado as a great Mahler interpreter who conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker in many unforgettable performances of Mahler’s symphonies. The concerts will then continue as planned, with Anton Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Soloist for the piano concerto is Rudolf Buchbinder. There will be a condolence book in the foyer at the concerts, in which visitors may pay their respects to Claudio Abbado. The book will be available during the opening hours of the Philharmonie until 2 February.

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The Berliner Philharmoniker will also dedicate the planned concerts with Claudio Abbado in May to his memory. The programme for these concerts will change as well. During the first half of the concert, Frank Peter Zimmermann will play the Violin Concerto in G major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major will be heard during the second part of the programme under the baton of Chief Conductor Sir Simon Rattle. The concerts will take place on Friday, 16 May, and Saturday, 17 May. The concert originally scheduled for Monday, 19 May, will be moved up one day to Sunday, 18 May. Advance ticket sales for these performances begin on 23 February.

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news-467Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:41:00 +0100New Year's Honours for Sir Simon Rattlehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/new-years-honours-for-sir-simon-rattle/Huge congratulations are in order for Sir Simon Rattle who has been awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen. Huge congratulations are in order for Sir Simon Rattle who has been awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen. A mere 24 people from across the arts, politics and sciences are part of the Order at any given time and Sir Simon now joins an elite group of musicians honoured, including Edward Elgar, Joan Sutherland and Yehudi Menuhin. Responding to the news, Simon Rattle wished to express his thanks for this incredible recognition: “The phone call inquiring if I would accept the OM was one of the biggest surprises of my life. When I then saw the list of members I was overwhelmed, and remain so! I am very touched and honoured.”

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news-465Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:01:00 +0100UNICEF Appeal: Help the victims of typhoon in the Philippineshttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/unicef/events/unicef-appeal-help-the-victims-of-typhoon-in-the-philippines/ On the occasion of their joint performance at this year’s New Year’s Eve Concert, Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang are appealing for donations in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief fund.At the beginning of November, typhoon Haiyan devastated many towns and villages in the Philippines. Nearly six million children are affected. UNICEF helps and provides clean water, sanitation, medicines and nutrition as well as protection and care for the children. The Berliner Philharmoniker, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and pianist Lang Lang are international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors. On the occasion of their joint performance at this year’s New Year’s Eve Concert, they are appealing for donations in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief fund: “We are all deeply affected by the images of destruction in the Philippines, of the terrible suffering, especially of the children. Thanks to UNICEF, we all have the opportunity help them to relieve the worst distress. Please support UNICEF’s emergency relief and make a donation now.”

Many children have lost their parents or siblings as a result of typhoon Haiyan. They had to watch as their homes were destroyed. Infectious diseases threaten their lives. Together with the local authorities and partners, UNICEF has opened the first so-called “child-friendly space” at the Rizal Central School in Tacloban – a tent, where children between 3 and 15 years of age can participate in supervised play and activities. “This space – and we are about to set up many more – offers boys and girls a safe space where they can begin to come to terms with the loss of loved ones and the tremendous upheaval in their lives,” says Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Philippines Representative. “At the same time, they are protected here from abuse, human trafficking and exploitation.” While the children are looked after, parents are able to look for food, water and start to rebuild their homes. In addition, UNICEF provides “baby tents”, where pregnant women and nursing mothers can go for peace and privacy, or for check-ups and advice.

You can make your donation directly online

DONATE ONLINE NOW

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news-430Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:52:00 +0100Exhibition: Hans Scharoun’s Philharmoniehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/exhibition-hans-scharouns-philharmonie/Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonie, the Hans Scharous Philharmonie exhibition will be on display in the foyer of the concert hall until the beginning of the year 2014.Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonie, the Hans Scharous Philharmonie exhibition will be on display in the foyer of the concert hall until the beginning of the year 2014. Numerous illustrations and photographs reveal the history of the building - from the architect’s first sketches to the completion of the building - and give visitors a greater sense of its unique architectural design and aesthetics. Quotes from contemporary witnesses and architects of the modern era such as Matthias Sauerbruch and Jean Nouvel are testimony to the reception of its architecture and the attractiveness of the building.

Various architects have drawn inspiration from Scharoun’s concept of "music at the centre" and the terrace-like seating blocks, reminiscent of a “vineyard”, – from the Leipzig Gewandhaus (Rudolf Skoda) and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo (Shoichi Sano) to Copenhagen’s Koncerthuset (Jean Nouvel) and the spectacular Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (Herzog & de Meuron). The architect Hans Scharoun is honoured with a short biography, examples of his buildings and characteristic photos. Finally, there is a large area of unusual views and perspectives of the building, which offer something new even to concert-goers who know the Philharmonie well. Most of the historical photos in the exhibition were taken by Reinhard Friedrich. Nine current views were photographed by Mila Hacke, and Andreas Knapp provides six unusual motifs of the Philharmonie. The exhibition is open to the public during concerts and box-office hours (Monday to Friday 3-6 pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11 am -2 pm ).

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news-459Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:54:00 +0100On 13 December: Presentation of the Digital Concert Hall App in the Berlin Apple Store http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/on-13-december-presentation-of-the-digital-concert-hall-app-in-the-berlin-apple-store/In the former "Filmbühne Wien" cinema, the new version of the Digital Concert Hall app will be presented. Innovative technology in sophisticated surroundings: On 13 December 2013 in the Apple Store on Kurfürstendamm in the former "Filmbühne Wien" cinema, the new version of the Digital Concert Hall app will be presented. The presentation will demonstrate the possibilities iPhone and iPad offer to watch live and recorded concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker when you are at home or on the move. Olaf Maninger, principal cellist and one of the brains behind the Digital Concert Hall will be there in person for the presentation. Among other things, he will relate how this unique video platform came into being and what it means for the orchestra to regularly play under the eye of HD cameras at concerts. There will of course also be live music – from members of the Berliner Philharmoniker!

The event starts at 6.30 pm. Admission is free, and you can register on the Apple stores website.

To the Apple store

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news-429Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:24:00 +0100Together for the first time on CD: Lang Lang and the Berliner Philharmoniker/en/news/detail/together-for-the-first-time-on-cd-lang-lang-and-the-berliner-philharmoniker/The pianist Lang Lang, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have released their first CD together. The recording is now available in our online shop.The pianist Lang Lang, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have released their first CD together - with an extraordinary repertoire: Béla Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, coupled with Sergei Prokofiev’s Third. The recording is now available in a deluxe edition from our online shop - including a short documentary and excerpts from the rehearsals on DVD.

To the onlineshop

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news-428Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:28:00 +0100Available in our online shop: the Dvořák Violin Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter /en/news/detail/available-in-our-online-shop-the-dvorak-violin-concerto-with-anne-sophie-mutter/ After 30 years, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker have released a joint recording again: Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. After 30 years, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker have released a joint recording again: Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, coupled with the Romance in F minor and two other Dvořák encores. The conductor is Manfred Honeck.

The recording was made following the concerts the violinist and the Berliner Philharmoniker gave in February 2013. The limited deluxe version that also includes a DVD with a live recording of the Violin Concerto and the Romance from the Digital Concert Hall in addition to the CD, can be ordered from our online shop.

To the onlineshop

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news-427Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:24:00 +0200Partners for 25 years: the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Bank http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/partners-for-25-years-the-berliner-philharmoniker-and-deutsche-bank/The Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Bank have now enjoyed a close partnership for 25 years. This partnership intensified with the founding of the education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002, and the establishment of the Digital Concert Hall in 2009. The Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Bank have now enjoyed a close partnership for 25 years. On 14 and 15 June 2014, they will celebrate this landmark anniversary at the Kulturforum in Berlin, as chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and Jürgen Fitschen, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank announced at a press conference. The celebrations will also include the first appearance of the “vocal heroes”, the singers of the new choral project launched by the education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker with the support of Deutsche Bank

. “After ten years, there is now another addition to our education programme. Everyone should be able to participate, so we are focussing on singing as the most fundamental form of musical expression,” explained Simon Rattle, who at the same time thanked the Deutsche Bank for their commitment. The artistic direction of the “vocal heroes” is in the hands of Simon Halsey, choirmaster of the Berliner Rundfunkchor. The aim is for amateurs and musicians from the orchestra to make music together. In the districts of Moabit, Hellersdorf und Schöneberg, “singing spaces” will be created which should also make it easy for disadvantaged children and young people to join the “vocal heroes”. “Deutsche Bank is convinced that everyone – regardless of their social or cultural background – has special skills that should be encouraged,” said Jürgen Fitschen.

He and Sir Simon Rattle emphasized the importance of social engagement in their partnership. The 25-year partnership intensified with the founding of the education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002, and the establishment of the Digital Concert Hall in 2009. In addition, the Bank will accompany the Berliner Philharmoniker on their concert tours both at home and abroad, and present the season-opening concert in Berlin every year.

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news-426Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:06:00 +0200Sophie Dartigalongue has won second place at ARD International Music Competitionhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/sophie-dartigalongue-has-won-second-place-at-ard-international-music-competition/At this year’s ARD International Music Competition Sophie Dartigalongue, contra-bassoonist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since May 2013, has won second place and the audience award.At this year’s ARD International Music Competition Sophie Dartigalongue, contra-bassoonist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since May 2013, has won second place, which she shares with the Japanese Rie Koyama, and the audience award. A first prize was not awarded. The French musician impressed with her colourful, lyrical playing. Jury member Dag Jensen said: “She’s a very mature musician, she gets to the core of the music, but also shows virtuosity when it matters.” Our congratulations to Sophie Dartigalongue!

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news-423Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:22:00 +0200Salzburg, Lucerne, Parishttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/salzburg-lucerne-paris/After the opening concert of the 2013/2014 season in Berlin, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle are travelling to the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival and to Paris. After the opening concert of the 2013/2014 season in Berlin, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle are travelling to the Salzburg Festival where on 25 and 26 August they will present two concert programmes: the final three symphonies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps and three fragments from Alban Berg's Wozzeck. The vocal soloist is Barbara Hannigan. They will then perform both programmes during guest appearances at the Lucerne Festival (28 and 29 August) and in the Salle Pleyel in Paris (31 August and 1 September). 

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news-420Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:58:00 +0200Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e.V. Association present Guadagnini violinhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/friends-of-the-berliner-philharmoniker-ev-association-present-guadagnini-violin/For many years the violin from the workshop of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (Milan, 1754) provided good service to the violinist Axel Gerhardt. The Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker have now purchased the instrument from the former member of the orchestra. For many years the violin from the workshop of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (Milan, 1754) provided good service to the violinist Axel Gerhardt. The Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker have now purchased the instrument from the former member of the orchestra and presented the violin on loan to the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation during a matinee on 16 June 2013. The Foundation will then in turn make the violin available on loan to concertmaster Andreas Buschatz. Axel Gerhardt will donate the entire purchase price of 600 000 euros to the National Youth Orchestra of Germany.

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news-419Wed, 29 May 2013 10:31:00 +0200Residency in the Wiener Konzerthaushttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/residency-in-the-wiener-konzerthaus/100 years ago, the Wiener Konzerthaus opened its doors. On the occasion of this milestone birthday, the Konzerthaus is holding a jubilee festival as part of the Wiener Festwochen – with the Berliner Philharmoniker as orchestra in residence.  Designed by the architects Ludwig Baumann, Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Gottlieb Helmer in a mixture of historic, secession and art nouveau styles, it was larger, more modern and more innovative than the traditional Musikverein and was intended as a musical entertainment venue for all sections of the population. On the occasion of this milestone birthday, the Konzerthaus is holding a jubilee festival as part of the Wiener Festwochen – with the Berliner Philharmoniker as orchestra in residence.

Under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, they will give three orchestral concerts. The programme includes Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and a selection of Pierre Boulez’ Notations (3 June) and Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony (5 and 6 June). However, the first concerts of this Viennese guest appearance will be given by the 12 Cellists and Concerto Melante on 2 June. This will be followed on 4 June by a chamber music concert with members and friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Ensemble-WienBerlin and Sir Simon Rattle. The works to be performed include pieces by Benjamin Britten, Gregory Emfietzis, György Ligeti, Paul Hindemith and Richard Wagner.

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news-418Fri, 03 May 2013 10:26:00 +0200Jaap van Zweden to replace the indisposed Mariss Jansonshttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/jaap-van-zweden-to-replace-the-indisposed-mariss-jansons/To Mariss Jansonsʼ great regret, he has been advised by his doctors to cancel his concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Berlin and in Amsterdam. He will be replaced by Jaap van Zweden for the concerts in both cities.To Mariss Jansonsʼ great regret, he has been advised by his doctors to cancel his concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker on 8, 9 and 10 May 2013 in Berlin, and on 12 May in Amsterdam. A change in his medication and a series of tests require him to take a break from conducting. He will be replaced by Jaap van Zweden for the concerts in both cities. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the programme has been slightly changed: Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra will be performed instead of his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Johannes Brahmsʼ First Symphony will be performed as originally planned.

Jaap van Zweden, who has become a much sought-after conductor internationally over the past 15 years, is music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (since 2008) and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (from 2012). Previously, he was chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in Enschede (1996 to 2000), the Residentie Orkest in The Hague (2000 to 2005) and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (2008 to 2011). Jaap van Zweden is honorary chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, which he led from 2005 to 2011. As a guest conductor he has appeared with many prestigious orchestras.

In addition to his extensive symphonic repertoire, van Zweden also conducts operatic works, particularly in the Netherlands. Born in Amsterdam in 1960, Jaap van Zweden began his musical career as a violinist. He studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy DeLay. As early as 1979, he was concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a post he held until 1995. He was named Conductor of the Year 2012 by Musical America.

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news-406Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:45:00 +0200European Concert 2013http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/european-concert-2013/Prague is the location of this year's European Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 1 May 2013. Under its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra will perform in the Spanish Hall in Prague Castle.Prague is the location of this year's European Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 1 May 2013. Under its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra will perform in the Spanish Hall in Prague Castle. The programme includes Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Ludwig van Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and Dvořák's Biblical Songs, sung by the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená. The concert will be broadcast live at 11:00 am on ARD and Kulturradio (rbb).

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news-405Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:33:00 +0200New CD release: Igor Stravinskyʼs “Le Sacre du printemps”http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/new-cd-release-igor-stravinskys-le-sacre-du-printemps/To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinskyʼs Le Sacre du printemps, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle have made a new recording of the work. The balletʼs premiere in 1913 provoked a scandal. Today, 100 years later, it is a “classic”: Stravinskyʼs Le Sacre du printemps. To celebrate the anniversary of its premiere, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle have made a new recording of the work, together with Stravinskyʼs ballet Apollon Musagète and the Symphonies of Wind Instruments. This live recording from November 2012 was released by EMI on 22 March 2013 and is also now available in the Philharmonie shop.

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news-340Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:26:00 +0100Ana Durlovski replaces indisposed Simone Kermes as Queen of the Nighthttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/ana-durlovski-replaces-indisposed-simone-kermes-as-queen-of-the-night/The soprano Simone Kermes has had to withdraw from rehearsals for the new production of the opera The Magic Flute at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden due to bronchitis. Ana Durlovski will replace Simone Kermes in the role of Queen of the Night.The soprano Simone Kermes has had to withdraw from rehearsals for the new production of the opera The Magic Flute at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden due to bronchitis. “I regret this very much,” said the Festspielhaus general manager Mölich-Zebhauser. He wishes the singer a speedy recovery and hopes to include her again soon in future programmes.

Ana Durlovski will replace Simone Kermes in the role of Queen of the Night. The Macedonian artist, who has already performed the role with great success at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Vienna State Opera, will sing the role for the first time at New Yorkʼs Metropolitan Opera in 2014. Ana Durlovski received the 2012 German Theatre Prize Der Faust for best singer-actress in musical theatre for her performance of Amina in Belliniʼs La Sonnambula, and is seen as a new “rising star” in her field. The premiere of this new Magic Flute is on Saturday, 23 March 2013. The production opens the new Easter Festival of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

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news-403Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:53:00 +0100 Digital Concert Hall: New Tickets and Priceshttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/digital-concert-hall-new-tickets-and-prices/The validity of the 48-Hour Ticket for € 9.90 has been extended  – to a full week! For seven days, you could watch any of the concerts or documents in the archive.For first-time and occasional visitors to the Digital Concert Hall, it was the perfect solution: the 48-Hour Ticket for € 9.90. For two days, you could watch any of the concerts or documents in the archive – and mostly also watch at least one live broadcast. We have now extended the validity of this ticket – to a full week!  For the same price, you can now explore every corner of the Digital Concert Hall with the 7-Day Ticket. Or you can pass on this opportunity to a friend or loved one – the new ticket is also available as a gift voucher. This extension does not apply to tickets and gift vouchers which have already been purchased.

And there is even more news from our digital box office: The price of a 30-Day Ticket is being reduced from € 29.00 to € 24.90! This ticket is also perfect if you want to try out the Digital Concert Hall, as in contrast to the monthly subscription which renews automatically, this new ticket expires after 30 days. Information about all tickets and vouchers can be found directly in the Digital Concert Hall.

 

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news-402Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:20:00 +0100The new Berliner Philharmoniker gifts - now available exclusively in the Philharmonie shophttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/the-new-berliner-philharmoniker-gifts-now-available-exclusively-in-the-philharmonie-shop/ The new Berliner Philharmoniker gifts are available now in the Philharmonie shop. The collection includes top-quality clothing, accessories and writing instruments.The new Berliner Philharmoniker gifts are available now in the Philharmonie shop. The collection includes top-quality clothing, accessories and writing instruments, such as a polo shirt for men and women, a baseball cap, a beach towel (70 x 140 cm), a lightweight scarf for midseason, a key lanyard, a storm-proof umbrella for two people, two high-quality ballpoint pens from Pelikan and Lamy, and a keyring on a leather strap secured by a cufflink.

 

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news-399Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:48:00 +0100Death of Elisabeth Furtwänglerhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/death-of-elisabeth-furtwaengler/The Berliner Philharmoniker are sad to hear of the death of Elisabeth Furtwängler, the widow of Wilhelm Furtwängler, who died at the age of 102 at her home in Clarens near Montreux. She had been married to the former chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1943. The Berliner Philharmoniker are sad to hear of the death of Elisabeth Furtwängler, the widow of Wilhelm Furtwängler, who died at the age of 102 at her home in Clarens near Montreux. She had been married to the former chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1943. Martin Hoffmann, director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, paid tribute to Elisabeth Furtwängler as “an impressive, warm-hearted person and important contemporary witness who did much to keep the memory of Wilhelm Furtwängler alive. Throughout her life, she always had a special affection for the Berliner Philharmoniker, and we will hold her in grateful memory.”

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news-400Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:05:00 +0100Baden-Baden Easter Festival 2014 http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/baden-baden-easter-festival-2014/The programme for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2014 Easter Festival at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden has been confirmed: Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role; concerts with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sol Gabetta and Yefim Bronfman, as well as a staged version of St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. The programme for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2014 Easter Festival at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden has been confirmed: Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Sir Richard Eyre; concerts with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sol Gabetta and Yefim Bronfman, as well as a staged version of St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, with interaction between singers, chorus and orchestra staged by director Peter Sellars. The opera Manon Lescaut is a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where it will be performed about two years later.

Guest conductor of the Easter Festival 2014 is Zubin Mehta who will conduct, among other things, Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss. Once again, the festival programme also includes two further staged musical theatre productions with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. For children, there is an opera based on themes by Giacomo Puccini. In the Theater Baden-Baden, young singers will work with the Berliner Philharmoniker on a double-bill entitled Scandal in Baden-Baden! with the “Lehrstück” by Paul Hindemith and The Little Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Both pieces were premiered at one time as part of the “Deutsche Kammermusik” festival in Baden-Baden, and are commemorated in this 2014 Easter Festival. As in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s first Baden-Baden Easter Festival, there will again be numerous chamber concerts held at different locations in Baden-Baden in 2014. The programme for the 2014 “Master Concerts” will be published in March 2013.

As the countdown continues to the first Easter Festival on the river Oos (from 23 March 2013), advance booking for the second festival has already begun for friends and patrons of the Festspielhaus. Music lovers who like to have their choice of seats for the festival can now find out all about the programme, join the Friends of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and enjoy exclusive advance booking until 15 March 2013. Ticket sales to the general public for the 2014 Easter Festival start in mid-March.

For more information, visit the Easter Festival website

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news-398Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:07:00 +0100Sir Simon Rattle will end his tenure as Chief Conductor in 2018http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/sir-simon-rattle-will-end-his-tenure-as-chief-conductor-in-2018/During an orchestra summit Sir Simon Rattle has announced that he will finish his tenure as chief conductor and artistic director of Berliner Philharmoniker in summer 2018 after fulfilling his current contract with the orchestra. During an orchestra summit Sir Simon Rattle has announced that he will finish his tenure as chief conductor and artistic director of Berliner Philharmoniker in summer 2018 after fulfilling his current contract with the orchestra.

Sir Simon Rattle: “In 2018 I will have been with the orchestra for 16 years. Before this I was Chief Conductor in Birmingham for 18 years. In 2018 I will be nearly 64 years old. As a Liverpool boy, it is impossible not to think of the Beatles’ question, ‘Will you still need me.., when I’m 64?’ and I am sure that then it will be time for somebody else to take on the magnificent challenge that is the Berliner Philharmoniker. This was not an easy decision. I love this orchestra and therefore wanted to tell them my decision as early as possible. I deeply hope that this will give them enough time to start new plans. I look forward with great pleasure to our next five years together and hopefully many years afterwards. I am thankful for the time that we have spent together so far.”

Peter Riegelbauer/Stefan Dohr, Orchestra Chairmen: “We regret Simon Rattle’s decision not to continue as Artistic Director of the orchestra when his contract expires in 2018. At the same time, we respect his personal decision. Our collaboration with him is characterized by great mutual sympathy and a respectful artistic and human relationship. This is a wonderful basis for our work with Sir Simon as Artistic Director during the coming five years. We look forward to many exciting projects which are already in the planning stage. After 2018 we will continue our close and friendly relationship with him.”

Martin Hoffmann, General Manager: “This is very sad news for the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the city of Berlin. I have great respect for Sir Simon Rattle’s decision. With his outstanding musicality and creativity he has filled new listeners with enthusiasm for the orchestra every day and has shaped the national and international perception of the Berliner Philharmoniker as a vital cultural ambassador for Berlin. I look forward to our future
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news-397Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:24:00 +0100Concert in Saarbrücken - an appeal for the Saarphilharmoniehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/concert-in-saarbruecken-an-appeal-for-the-saarphilharmonie/ On 12 January 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker make a guest appearance at E WERK in Saarbrücken for the first time. With this performance, the Berliner Philharmoniker are making an appeal to the political and social leaders in Saarland to advance initiatives to build a philharmonic hall in E WERK. On 12 January 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker make a guest appearance at E WERK in Saarbrücken for the first time. The orchestra is looking forward to this concert, although from a spacial and acoustic perspective, E WERK does not meet the requirements of a modern concert hall.

With this performance, the Berliner Philharmoniker are making an appeal to the political and social leaders in Saarland to advance initiatives to build a philharmonic hall in E WERK, and their concert in the Saarland capital is an expression of solidarity with the institutions that have set the goal of constructing a Saarphilharmonie in E WERK. If this initiative were to fail, a repeat guest performance under unchanged conditions would not be possible for the Berliner Philharmoniker.

For this concert, they will be accompanied by conductor Riccardo Chailly. Under his leadership, the orchestra will play the concert version of the prelude to the first act of Richard Wagnerʼs Die Meistersinger and Anton Brucknerʼs Sixth Symphony.

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news-396Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:28:00 +0100Berlin commemorates Hans Werner Henzehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/berlin-commemorates-hans-werner-henze/To honour the lifelong relationship between Hans Werner Henze and Berlin, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper are holding a joint commemorative concert in the Deutsche Oper on 6 January at 11 a. m. The programme for the matinee includes works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Hans Werner Henze. The death of Hans Werner Henze on 27 October 2012 was an especially painful loss for Berlin: The creative relationship between the great German composer and opera houses, orchestras and ensembles had lasted more than half a century. Over a period of more than 60 years, quite a number of Henzeʼs works were premiered in Berlin: in 1951, Ferenc Fricsay and the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester were the first to perform the young composerʼs ballet Rosa Silber. This was followed by operas such as König Hirsch, Der Junge Lord and Das verratene Meer at the Deutsche Oper, Phaedra at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and also instrumental and orchestral works such as the fourth, seventh and ninth symphonies, which were premiered by the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Even Henzeʼs final work, the Ouverture zu einem Theater which was composed for the Deutsche Oper Berlin to mark the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the company, is an expression of his connection to the house and to Berlin. To honour this lifelong relationship with the city, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper, all four of Berlinʼs cultural institutions that were closely associated with Henze and his works, are holding a joint commemorative concert in the Deutsche Oper on 6 January at 11 a. m. The programme for the matinee includes works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Hans Werner Henze.

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news-382Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:25:00 +0200No advance sales on Sunday 14 October 2012http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/no-advance-sales-on-sunday-14-october-2012/For technical reasons, there will be no advance ticket sales on Sunday 14 October 2012 from 11 am to 2 pm for all concerts taking place in the Philharmonie and the Chamber Music Hall. Advance ticket sales for Philharmoniker concerts from 13 November 2012 to 21 December 2012 go on sale from the following Sunday 21 October 2012. For technical reasons, there will be no advance ticket sales on Sunday 14.10.2012 from 11 am to 2 pm for all concerts taking place in the Philharmonie and the Chamber Music Hall.

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New date for advance ticket sales: Sunday 21 October 2012
Advance ticket sales for Philharmoniker concerts from 13 November 2012 to 21 December 2012 go on sale from the following Sunday 21 October 2012.

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news-452Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:21:00 +0100Auction of the Alfred-Brendel-Piano in aid of UNICEF's emergency relief for children in East Africahttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/unicef/events/auction-of-the-alfred-brendel-piano-in-aid-of-unicefs-emergency-relief-for-children-in-east-africa/Whenever Alfred Brendel appeared in the Philharmonie in Berlin, he always performed on the Steinway D-524780. Now the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation has auction off the instrument in aid of UNICEF's emergency relief for children in East Africa.No artist played on this piano more often than Alfred Brendel: Whenever he appeared in the Philharmonie in Berlin, he always performed on the Steinway D-524780. But other pianists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich also used this instrument. And with good reason, as the piano is characterized by superior beauty of tone, unique playability and rapid touch reponse. The playing mechanism and acoustic system are in excellent condition.

Since the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation purchased three new concert grand pianos in the last two years, the idea arose – together with Alfred Brendel – of auctioning off the instrument in aid of UNICEF. The auction took place as part of the open day on Whit Monday, 28th May 2012 in the concert hall of the Philharmonie in the presence of Alfred Brendel, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. The auction was carried out free of commission by Andreas Rumbler, managing director of Christie's Germany. The proceeds from the auction (80 000 Euro) benefit UNICEF’s emergency relief for children in East Africa.

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news-364Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:12:00 +0100Sir Simon Rattle bids farewell to Catherine Millikenhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/sir-simon-rattle-bids-farewell-to-catherine-milliken/Since 2005, the Australian Catherine Milliken has been the creative head of the education programme. Her first experience of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s education concept was while she was working on the Ways of remembering project, on the occasion of the premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s piece A Relic of Memory in October 2004. She was so inspired by it that she decided to apply for the vacant position as its director. 

For six years the orchestra’s education programme has been shaped by her ideas and enthusiasm – not only in Berlin but also wherever the orchestra was making guest appearances, including Salzburg, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney, to name but a few. Catherine Milliken gave new momentum to the projects, developing the format of the family concerts, and initiating cross-cultural concerts and workshops. She started the creative school orchestra and incorporated all forms of artistic expression in the education projects, including dance and painting, as well as the digital and performing arts. 

“It was very important to me to convey to young people that they can be part of the music of the orchestra thanks to their own personalities and creativity and that music is something very much alive,” she says. Among her personal highlights of the past years have been the project SONGS – Ritual Rhythms to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps in New York, the projects based on Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen in Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg as well as the Mahler projects in Berlin, Amsterdam and Sydney. “I have particularly enjoyed the contact with Berlin music teachers. They all are fantastic! And of course working with the musicians of the orchestra – which was also quite wonderful,” she said gratefully. 

While involved in the education programme, Catherine Milliken has put her own plans as a composer and oboist on hold. She now intends to pursue these again and has given up her position as director of the Education Department. With a short speech and a friendly kiss, Sir Simon Rattle bid her farewell, thanking her for her inspiring work. 

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news-454Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:26:00 +0100On Tour in Asia 2011http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/unicef/events/on-tour-in-asia-2011/The Berliner Philharmoniker in their capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo during the big tour in Asia 2011.Shangzhuang Zhongxin Primary School

A group of musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker performed with schoolchildren of Shangzhuang Zhongxin Primary School on 9 November 2011. In their capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors the musicians visited the school in Beijing to highlight the challenges faced by migrant children in China. 76 per cent of the children in this school are from migrant worker families. There are 82 million children affected by migration in China, many of whom lack access to basic services. 

The photo shows the musicians Christophe Horak, Krzysztof Polonek (violin) and violist Micha Afkham performing with schoolchildren at the Shangzhuang Zhongxin Primary School. 

Open rehearsal

 For their concert at the National Center for the Performing Arts on 11 November 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker invited 50 children of migrant workers to their final rehearsal. Some of the audience members already knew the musicians. They came from the Shangzhuang Zhongxin Elementary School, which some of the orchestra members had visited two days before. It was a joyful reunion for musicians and students alike. 

The Philharmoniker were rehearsing Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Afterwards, Sir Simon Rattle, the musicians and the UNICEF children met each other at the so-called "Meet and Greet" on the concert stage. Great fun for all involved, as the photo shows. Finally, there was also a Berliner Philharmoniker T-shirt for the students and they went home with the feeling: What a unique, wonderful experience! 

Philharmonic Wind Quintet in Sendai

On 21 November 2011, the Philharmonic Wind Quintet visited the town of Sendai, 90 km from Fukushima. Following the earthquake in March 2011, it was overwhelmed by a 20-meter high tsunami wave. Even today, the remnants of cars, motorbikes and other debris can be seen everywhere. The people, especially the children, are traumatized. The members of the quintet were very affected by the extent of the destruction. “You know the pictures from TV,” said oboist Andreas Wittmann, “but when you are actually here, the effect is very different.” 

As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, they came on a special mission: to perform in the gymnasium of the elementary school in Sendai for children who have not yet come to terms with the shock of the catastrophe. The students enjoyed the music enormously, and showed their enthusiasm after the concert. The musicians happily said, “We are pleased that we could bring the children a little joy”. 

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news-359Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:24:00 +0200Nikolai Blau wins the Remix Contesthttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/nikolai-blau-wins-the-remix-contest/ The Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in cooperation with the Digital Concert Hall and SoundCloud set up the remix contest in August. Anyone interested in entering was invited to create an own remix based on a several stem tracks from a recording of the Berliner Philharmoniker from the first Movement of Symphony no. 1 by Gustav Mahler and which showed as synthesis of own ideas with the sound world of Gustav Mahler. The remixes could be from (approx.) 3-5 minutes in length. 

 The jury consisted of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Digital Concert Hall as well as the guest musician, Matthew Herbert who are pleased to announce the following winner: 

Nicolai Blau with G. Mahler, 1. Symphony rearranged by Nikolai Blau 

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news-351Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:34:00 +0200New in the Digital Concert Hall: a monthly subscription for € 14.90 http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/new-in-the-digital-concert-hall-a-monthly-subscription-for-EUR-1490/ To start the Berliner Philharmoniker’s new season in the Digital Concert Hall, we have expanded our ticket offer: a new subscription for an attractive monthly fee of € 14.90. The subscription will renew automatically each month and can be cancelled by you at any time.

If you prefer to visit us for a limited period of time, you can still buy the 12-Month Ticket for € 149 and the 30-Day Ticket for € 29. In addition, we have increased the running time of our previous 24-Hour Tickets to 48 hours – for the same price of € 9.90. So, for example, you can enjoy the music of the Berliner Philharmoniker for a whole weekend.

The list of live concerts of the new season in the Digital Concert Hall is just a few mouse clicks away. However, many of our customers have asked for a downloadable flyer and we are more than happy to oblige. In this PDF document you will also find an overview of all the works in our video archive which has taken on impressive dimensions over the last three years. Have fun with it!

Subscription and 48-Hour-Ticket

Season flyer

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news-350Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:02:00 +0200Berliner Philharmoniker Musicians as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in Azerbaijanhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/berliner-philharmoniker-musicians-as-unicef-goodwill-ambassadors-in-azerbaijan/ In their role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, the Berliner Philharmoniker musicians Christoph Hartmann (oboe), Philipp Bohnen (violin) and Mor Biron (bassoon) have travelled to Azerbaijan where the Berlin ensemble, accompanied by cellist Clemens Weigel, will give a concert in Baku with the state symphony orchestra.

The occasion for this trip and the concert is the first international conference for people with disabilities, currently taking place in Baku. The aim of this conference is to strengthen the rights of children with disabilities in the states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and to provide opportunities for appropriate education and support. According to UNICEF, there are about 60,000 children with disabilities in Azerbaijan alone. Many of them are housed in orphanages, children’s homes and boarding schools and are socially isolated.

The musicians will visit different projects in Baku and its surroundings, including two centres for children with mental and physical disabilities. “We are happy to contribute our music so we can help build a more inclusive society, where children with and without disabilities are free to express themselves through music or other means. Every child deserves a chance to participate actively and as equal member of society according with his or her potentials,” says Stanley Dodds, Media Chairman of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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news-341Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:57:00 +0200New in the Digital Concert Hall: Trip to Asiahttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/new-in-the-digital-concert-hall-trip-to-asia/The world of the Berliner Philharmoniker: 128 musicians, all masters of their craft who, in the service of a common purpose, combine their individual virtuosity to form the orchestra’s sound. What are the human and artistic secrets that make this possible? How do they reconcile the contradictions of ego and community? Director Thomas Grube explores these questions in his film Trip to Asia which is now available in the Digital Concert Hall.

Trip to Asia in the DCH

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news-320Thu, 03 Mar 2011 10:48:00 +0100Subscription and ticket office closed from 10 to 14 March 2011http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/subscription-and-ticket-office-closed-from-10-to-14-march-2011/The subscription and ticket office of the Berlin Philharmonic is moving house. Therefore the office is closed between 10 and 14 March 2011. In this time our staff won’t be able to answer any requests by telephone, fax or e-mail. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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news-310Mon, 08 Nov 2010 11:59:00 +0100Abu Dhabi, Perth, Sydney and Singaporehttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/abu-dhabi-perth-sydney-and-singapore/The Berliner Philharmoniker and their Chief Conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, go on a 17-day tour from 8 to 25 November, with nine concerts in four cities. The tour programme features works by Mahler, Brahms, Haydn, Berg, Rachmaninoff and Brett Dean.

The tour takes the orchestra to Abu Dhabi, where they will present one concert during the Abu Dhabi Classics series. From there the Berliner Philharmoniker will fly to Australia for the first time in their history for appearances at the Perth Concert Hall and the famed Sydney Opera House.

In addition to four symphony concerts, a project of the orchestra's education programme Zukunft@BPhil, sponsored by the Deutsche Bank, is also on the itinerary in Sydney. The project REMIX - From Mahler’s Time will be presented by Australian school children and musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Foyer of the Sydney Opera House.

The tour concludes with two concerts at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, where the orchestra will also make its debut. During the tour there will be a blog on the Berliner Philharmoniker's website.

To the blog

 

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news-306Mon, 06 Sep 2010 10:45:00 +0200The Berliner Philharmoniker in 3Dhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/the-berliner-philharmoniker-in-3d/The Berlin Philharmonic has often played an important role in the introduction of new audio-visual technology, with examples ranging from the CD to the Digital Concert Hall itself. And it is at the forefront once again, with what is probably the first recording of a symphony orchestra in 3D. If you are interested in both classical music and cutting-edge technology, you can download the video from the Digital Concert Hall free of charge.

Last June, the Berlin Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute brought their heavy equipment to the Philharmonie to record an orchestral rehearsal with Sir Simon Rattle – more vividly and realistically than ever before. On the audio side, the recording of the “Russian Dance” from Stravinsky’s Petrushka offers surround sound 5.1, along with the usual stereo signal.

In order to enjoy this unique audio-visual experience, you do however need high spec technical equipment. In addition to a high-performance computer with a dual-core processor, you also require 3D glasses from NVidia. If you are able to connect your computer to a 3D TV screen, then the standard polarized glasses which are used in cinemas are sufficient. The software needed to play the video can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet. You can find out more in the Digital Concert Hall.

Go to Digital Concert Hall

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news-292Wed, 12 May 2010 11:11:00 +0200Deutsche Bank renews its partnership with the Berliner Philharmonikerhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/deutsche-bank-renews-its-partnership-with-the-berliner-philharmoniker/Deutsche Bank, the exclusive sponsor of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2002, will be continuing its partnership with the orchestra and has extended its sponsorship agreement by another five years, until 2015.

Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank: “We are pleased to continue our partnership with this outstanding orchestra. The Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Bank fit very well together: Both partners are known around the world for their passion and top quality performance.”

In addition to the direct sponsorship of the premier orchestra, Deutsche Bank also made possible an unprecedented project in classical music launched at the beginning of 2009, one that allows the world to cross national and social boundaries and come closer together through music: the Digital Concert Hall. Concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker can now be viewed in brilliant picture and high sound quality around the globe at any time via the Internet.

Furthermore, the award-winning educational program Zukunft@BPhil has been made possible by the bank since 2002. It introduces girls and boys from all parts of society with diverse cultural backgrounds to the world of classical music. They work on their own pieces and present them in public performances. Since the launch of this program, more than 16,000 children and young people have had the opportunity to discover their own individual talents, exceed personal limits and transcend cultural barriers.

As the exclusive private sponsor, Deutsche Bank will continue to support the Berliner Philharmoniker on their concert tours in Germany and abroad and present the premier concert in Berlin at the start of every concert season.

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news-287Tue, 02 Mar 2010 12:08:00 +0100The Berliner Philharmoniker raise € 115.000 for Haitihttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/the-berliner-philharmoniker-raise-EUR-115000-for-haiti/The benefit concert given on the 20 February by the Berliner Philharmoniker has raised a total of € 115.000 for UNICEF work in Haiti. This comes from ticket sales for the concert in the Philharmonie and for the live webcast in the Digital Concert Hall and includes the proceeds from the sale of concert programmes and cash donations from members of the audience.

These takings and donations will go directly to UNICEF projects in Haiti which help children who have been  affected by the disaster. These funds are used by UNICEF to provide food and drinking water, medical help, child protection, and to support the reconstruction of a working school system.

The orchestra is an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Berliner Philharmoniker, their artistic director Sir Simon Rattle and the pianist Mitsuko Uchida immediately decided to dedicate the concert on the 20 February to the victims of the earthquake and to donate all proceeds to UNICEF. In addition to this spontaneous relief action, the Berliner Philharmoniker, together with UNICEF, are working on a long-term aid project for children in Haiti.

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news-269Thu, 03 Sep 2009 11:22:00 +0200New in the Digital Concert Hall: the 30-Day Passhttp://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/news/detail/new-in-the-digital-concert-hall-the-30-day-pass/There’s no question about it: there’s more fun to be had in the Digital Concert Hall when you can move around freely: when you can watch all of the concerts and then enjoy them again and again. This freedom has only been available to  season subscribers so far. But now there is an alternative.

Subscriptions for the 2009/2010 season have been on sale since the 1 July.  If you would like to discover the many advantages of such a season ticket but for a shorter period, you now can – and at a special price: with the new 30-Day Pass for 39.00 Euros.

For around a month it offers you all the same advantages as an annual subscription. So you can browse through the complete video archive (including the concerts from last season) and watch all live concerts during this time. Even better:  if, when it runs out, you decide to upgrade to the full season subscription, the price of the 30-Day Pass will be deducted, so instead of the usual 149.00 Euros, it will only cost 110.00 Euros.

Go To 30-Day-Pass and 2009/2010 Season Pass


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