In Asia with Simon Rattle, Yuja Wang and Seong-Jin Cho

For the last time in the Rattle era, the Berliner Philharmoniker are travelling to Asia. This tour also marks the 60th anniversary of the orchestra’s first concert in Japan. The soloists include the pianists Yuja Wang and Seong-Jin Cho.

Recordings of the tour programme, which the musicians presented in advance in the Philharmonie, can be found in the Digital Concert Hall.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 8

Reflective tuba

Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall

15 Nov 2017

First time in Guangzhou

Peter Fleckenstein, percussionist with our Karajan Academy, explores a new city

Robert Zimmermann, Director of BerlinPhilMedia
Well deserved applause after the concert for Yuja Wang, Sir Simon and the Berliner Philharmoniker
(Photo: All photos Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2017

Concert in Guangzhou

Our first tour concert with Yuja Wang

(Photo: All photos Markus Weidmann)

15 Nov 2017

Evening on the Canton Tower

Sebastian Heesch and academist Alexa Farre-Brandkamp, violin
David Cooper, principal horn
Jonathan Kelly, principal oboe
The cello case of Nikolaus Römisch is looking forward to the football game in Shanghai
(Photo: All photos Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2017

Backstage before the concert in Guangzhou

Yuja Wang and Sir Simon Rattle
Concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa welcomes our soloist
(Photo: All photos Monika Rittershaus)

14 Nov 2017

Rehearsal in Guangzhou

Our first rehearsal with Yuja Wang on tour

Canton Tower bottom-up
...and top-down
Markus Weidmann on top of Canton Tower

14 Nov 2017

Impressions from Guangzhou by Markus Weidmann

14 Nov 2017

Charity dance

On the plaza in front of the Opera House, a group of people danced for a good cause

Andrea Zietzschmann and Stanley Dodds had a Q/A session with the Guangzhou press
Group photo for the German Week in Guangzhou
... generated a lot of interest
(Photo: All photos Monika Rittershaus)

14 Nov 2017

Press conference in Guangzhou

German week in Guangzhou - during a press conference our general manager Andrea Zietzschmann and our media board member Stanley Dodds met tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who is part of this week with a Liederabend with pianist Helmut Deutsch. Sir Simon joined everybody for the final photo.

13 Nov 2017

Guangzhou Opera House

...designed by Zaha Hadid

13 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 7

Tuba in Lights

Photo taken in front of the Guangzhou Canton Tower

13 Nov 2017

Autograph signing in Hong Kong

12 Nov 2017

Public screening in Hong Kong

Walter Seyfarth
Michael Hasel, Andreas Wittmann and Walter Seyfarth

12 Nov 2017

Ferry to the concert

12 Nov 2017

Dancing Logo

12 Nov 2017

Education-Project in Hong Kong

A project with our partners from Deutsche Bank: Children from Hong Kong got the chance to visit an open rehearsal, listen to "Petrushka" and take part in a workshop about this piece led by our director of education, Andrea Tober, and Dorian Xhoxhi, violin, and Joaquin Riquelme, viola, from our orchestra. 

12 Nov 2017

Reminiscence of last year

12 Nov 2017

Yuja Wang joined us today

Hong Kong Cultural Center

12 Nov 2017

Hong Kong Sights

Monika Rittershaus and Markus Weidmann took strolls through the city

12 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 6

Tuba Square

Seong-Jin Cho and Sir Simon Rattle
Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley thanks the audience

12 Nov 2017

Public screening in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Center - First evening

Sir Simon, Seong-Jin Cho and members of the orchestra greet the crowd outside the Hong Kong Cultural Center at the Public Viewing area.

11 Nov 2017

Wildlife in the big city

...discovered by Markus Weidmann

Percussionist Jan Schlichte and his instrument play an important role at the beginning of Ravel's piano concerto in G major.
Seong-Jin Cho
Applause after the concert

11 Nov 2017

First concert in Hong Kong

Our General Manager Andrea Zietzschmann
The Concert Hall of the Honk Kong Cultural Center
Luis Felipe Coelho
Our wonderful soloist Seong-Jin Cho

11 Nov 2017

First rehearsal in Hong Kong

Photos by Monika Rittershaus

11 Nov 2017

Masterclasses in Hong Kong

11 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 5

After some days with the travel tuba, now it's time for the bass tuba at the first rehearsal in Hong Kong!

11 Nov 2017

Preparation for the live relays

(Photo: Private)

10 Nov 2017

The photographer

Monika Rittershaus in front of the Hong Kong skyline

Our youngest fan on the boat
Gone with the wind: Olaf Maninger and Raphael Haeger
Patrick Cheung and Sir Simon
Julia Gartemann
The view

10 Nov 2017

More impressions from the boat

Photos by Monika Rittershaus

Madeleine Carruzzo
Dietmar Schwalke, Andreas Wittmann and Rainer Seegers
Václav Vonášek
Concert planner Annette Mangold and Stefan Schweigert
Martin Menking
Alexander Bader

10 Nov 2017

Boat trip

Patrick Cheung, a close friend and benefactor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, has invited members of our orchestra, Andrea Zietzschmann and Sir Simon to a boat trip in front of the amazing skyline of Hong Kong on the free day. A heartfelt thank you from all of us!

10 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 4

An apple a day...

Central Ferry Terminal, Apple Store, Hong Kong

10 Nov 2017

Press conference in Hong Kong

10 Nov 2017

Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong

09 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 3

At peace with his tuba

09 Nov 2017

Arrival day in Hong Kong

Gunars Upatnieks and Stanisław Pajak from our double bass section in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Center
Raphael Haeger, Percussion

09 Nov 2017

First evening in Hong Kong

First task after arrival in Hong Kong: Accustom oneself to the new surroundings!

08 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 2

Upward tuba movement

Photo taken at the Hilton Frankfurt/Main Germany

John Cryan, Andrea Zietzschmann and Sir Simon Rattle
Principal cellist Olaf Maninger, John Cryan, Andrea Zietzschmann, Sir Simon Rattle and Thorsten Strauß from Deutsche Bank
John Cryan
Sir Simon Rattle and John Cryan

07 Nov 2017

Deutsche Bank reception after the concert

Also a tradition: the reception by our partner Deutsche Bank after the concert. This year Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan welcomed our new general manager Andrea Zietzschmann, Sir Simon and members of our orchestra.

Principal violas Máté Szűcs and Amihai Grosz
Principal double bass Matthew McDonald
Principal cellists Ludwig Quandt and Bruno Delepelaire
Final applause for Brahms' symphony No. 4

07 Nov 2017

More from the concert in Frankfurt

Concert moments

07 Nov 2017

Broken strings

Sometimes you have to deal with broken strings. A fast reaction and a good supply of new strings are helpful. Kotowa Machida has everything under control.