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.

23 Nov 2017

Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul with Monika Rittershaus

At the top!

23 Nov 2017

Markus Weidmann's hike on the Gwanak-san in Seoul

23 Nov 2017

How does it feel to play at home with the Berliner Philharmoniker?

23 Nov 2017

Concert with Seong-Jin Cho in Seoul

Matthew Hunter and Peter Riegelbauer
Sir Simon and Unsuk Chin

23 Nov 2017

Backstage in Seoul

23 Nov 2017

Ryu is doing well!

In November 2013, our principal flautist Emmanuel Pahud met Ryu Sangjin for the first time. Ryu had a serious illness, and her biggest wish was to meet with her idol. The "Make a wish"-Foundation made it possible. Emmanuel and Ryu have stayed in contact since then, and they met again in Seoul together with Ryu’s family. Of course, a little flute lesson was inclusive. What a joy!

Sir Simon Rattle
Seong-Jin Cho
Sir Simon and Unsuk Chin
Olaf Maninger
Andrea Zietzschmann, Seong-Jin Cho, Sir Simon Rattle, Unsuk Chin and Olaf Maninger

23 Nov 2017

Press conference in Seoul

Congratulations to Helena Madoka Berg and Luis Esnaola who both succesfully finished their probation period for the 1st violins before this tour.
Christoph von der Nahmer
Marlene Ito and Luis Felipe Coelho
Martin von der Nahmer and Julia Gartemann
Anna Mehlin and Eva-Maria Tomasi
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)
Dorian Xhoxhi and Laurentius Dinca

22 Nov 2017

Photos from the Seoul rehearsal from Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

22 Nov 2017

An extraordinary young man

Seong-Jin Cho during the rehearsal for our concert in his hometown Seoul. Thank you Seong-Jin for four wonderful concerts!

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

21 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 14

Focus on the tubas

21 Nov 2017

Preparation for the concert

21 Nov 2017

Walter Küssner from our viola group has borrowed the camera...

21 Nov 2017

Around our hotel in Seoul with Michael Frohloff

20 Nov 2017

Why do we need a soundcheck?

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 13

Waiting in Style

Seoul Arts Center backstage

20 Nov 2017

Evening walk through Shanghai with Monika Rittershaus

Aleksandar Ivić and Krzysztof Polonek
Mathieu Dufour and Egor Egorkin
Much sought-after signatures: Wenzel Fuchs...
... and Albrecht Mayer
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

20 Nov 2017

Backstage and after the concert in Shanghai

Our wonderful stagehands at work
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

20 Nov 2017

Second concert in Shanghai

Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
Principal flute Mathieu Dufour is happy about his extra applause
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

20 Nov 2017

First concert in Shanghai

Orchestra chairman Knut Weber and concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley
Dietmar Schwalke
French Connection: Mathieu Dufour and Guillaume Jehl
Orchestra chairman Alexander Bader
Marie-Pierre Langlamet
Sir Simon
Sir Simon and Yuja Wang

19 Nov 2017

Rehearsal in Shanghai

Monika Rittershaus' impressions from the rehearsal at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center

18 Nov 2017

Memories in Shanghai

Markus Weidmann remembers the concerts 12 years ago at the same place

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

18 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 12

Public art

Baton - Postlude sculpture at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center

18 Nov 2017

Visit at the luthier

Monika Rittershaus accompanied Eva-Maria Tomasi and Alessandro Cappone to the luthier in Shanghai

Andrea Zietzschmann talking to Ulrich Walker from the local sponsor Borgward
On the way to the press conference: Sir Simon and Aislinn Ryan from Askonas Holt, who does a terrific job in supporting us during this demanding Asia tour.
First press conference for orchestra chairman Alexander Bader
Sir Simon Rattle x2
Andrea Zietzschmann gets a gift from Wen Lei, president of the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

18 Nov 2017

Press conference in Shanghai

Sir Simon, Andrea Zietzschmann and orchestra chairman Alexander Bader attended the press conference in Shanghai

18 Nov 2017

Visiting a collector in Shanghai

Ready for the Party!
The Bund

18 Nov 2017

Birthday in Shanghai

Philipp Bohnen celebrated his birthday with the whole group of the 2nd violins

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 11

Tuba Skyline

The Bund, view towards the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai

17 Nov 2017

Sports News

Joaquin Riquelme has made a head count
The teams prepare for the game
The coaching zone with an excellent cast: our general manager Andrea Zietzschmann and artistic planner Annette Mangold
Andreas Ottensamer heads upfield
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

17 Nov 2017

Review of the football match against Shanghai Symphony

A combined team from our orchestra and the Staatskapelle Dresden won 4-0 in a friendly game against Shanghai Symphony. We had been invited by our colleagues from Dresden to this match. Andreas Ottensamer resisted the current trend in Austrian football by scoring 3 goals. Fortunately nobody can afford his transfer fee, so our team is on the safe side for the future! The fourth goal was scored by Fußballgott Marco Weller from the travel agency which organised the orchestra’s tour

Jade-Buddha-Temple
Longhua-Temple
Jin-Mao-Tower

17 Nov 2017

Shanghai Sights

Michael Frohloff's Shanghai views

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 10

Laundry day

Shanghai

(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

17 Nov 2017

Concert in Wuhan

16 Nov 2017

Video impressions from Wuhan

The concert from Wuhan was broadcast live into 12 Poly theatres throughout China. We are very happy that everything worked out so well!

Double bass box turned into a dressing room: Stanisław Pajak likes it!
Christoph Streuli and Christian Stadelmann
Fergus McWilliam and David Cooper
Gabor Tarkövi and Guillaume Jehl
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

16 Nov 2017

Backstage in Wuhan

Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang, Sir Simon and principal timpanist Wieland Welzel talk about musical details
Paolo Mendes
Esko Laine
Marlene Ito
Philipp Bohnen
Qintai Concert Hall
(Photo: All photos Monika Rittershaus)

16 Nov 2017

Rehearsal in Wuhan

Rehearsal at the Qintai Concert Hall

Albrecht Mayer
David Cooper
...and Rainer Seegers explore Wuhan
(Photo: Photos Monika Rittershaus)

16 Nov 2017

Strolling through Wuhan

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2017

Tuba on Tour 9

Work break

Wuhan

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2017

Cat content

Our videographer Magdalena Zieba-Schwind explains the camera to Stefan Schweigert
Guangzhou train station
Rainer Seegers looks for his coach
Not to miss: Our busses in Wuhan
(Photo: All photos Markus Weidmann)
Guillaume Jehl rehearses in the train
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Micha Afkham
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

15 Nov 2017

Travelling from Guangzhou to Wuhan

Taking the fast train

15 Nov 2017

Wuhan Moments

by Michael Frohloff