The main event of this festival was Tosca, conducted by Simon Rattle. The guest artists included violinist Lisa Batiashvili and – making his debut at the Easter Festival – Kirill Petrenko with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique which received a tumultuous reception.
The musical quartet discussed about Bartok’s “Concerto for orchestra”. Our percussionist Raphael Haeger took the fourth seat this time. The other three were Lotte Thaler (SWR), Bernd Künzig (SWR) and Peter Hagmann (NZZ).
Good bye Neithard Resa! This year’s farewell at the Lounge was dedicated to one of the few real Berliners of our orchestra. Neithard playd as solo viola and in the viola tutti since 1978. He was accompanied by his friend and colleague at the Philharmonia Quartet, Christian Stadelmann.