Tour to Scandinavia, Portugal and Switzerland

In November 2012, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker travelled to Northern and Southern Europe with a German-Hungarian-French programme. The tour was particularly exciting because of the performances in the new concert halls in Scandinavia and Finland which had just opened a few years earlier.
Texts: Elisabeth Hilsdorf

25 Nov 2012

Last applause in Geneva after an intensive, successful and interesting tour through Europe! We’ve made new friends, seen great new halls and look forward to coming back to you!

Photos: Michael Trippel

Texts: Elisabeth Hilsdorf

Interesting perspectives from our tour
(Photo: photographer Michael Trippel. Thank you Michael for being invisible, inaudible and still taking great photos!)

25 Nov 2012

Interesting perspectives from our tour photographer Michael Trippel. Thank you Michael for being invisible, inaudible and still taking great photos!

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

25 Nov 2012

Our solo-flutist Andreas Blau gets a well deserved extra applause for his incredible playing in Daphnis and Chloé (8 concerts in a row).

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: photos Michael Trippel)

25 Nov 2012

Last concert at the beautiful Victoria Hall in Geneva

photos Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

25 Nov 2012

Last rehearsal on tour.

Photos: Michael Trippel

Welcome to Geneva and the Jet d'Eau.

25 Nov 2012

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

24 Nov 2012

Concert at the Gulbenkian Hall

Photos: Michael Trippel

Rehearsal impressions from Lisbon by Michael Trippel
Sir Simon and oboist Andreas Wittmann

24 Nov 2012

(Photo: Michael Trippel)
Tuba player Alexander von Putkamer writes autographs

24 Nov 2012

The public loved the Education concert.

Photos: Michael Trippel

Rule Britannia!
Sarah Willis as MGM lion

24 Nov 2012

Every player had some small role. Sarah Willis for instance applied to be the next MGM lion…

Photos: Michael Trippel

Klaus Wallendorf moderates
Brass section having fun
Klaus as Caesar
...to China

24 Nov 2012

Travelling around the world with our Brass Ensemble, moderated by Klaus Wallendorf (in Portuguese!!!). One of our Education projects abroad.

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

23 Nov 2012

Three of our academists played a chamber concert yesterday evening at the Goethe Institute Lisbon. Thanks for the invitation! The Goethe Institute had a whole week of Philharmonic events.

Photos: Rafael Munoz Contel, oboe, Sophie Dartigalongue, bassoon and Gerti Frank, clarinet

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Photos Michael Trippel)

23 Nov 2012

Goalkeeper Wieland Welzel in action. He is our principal timpanist. By the way: Huge Thank You to our sponsor Deutsche Bank for new tricots for everybody!

Photos Michael Trippel

The teams
Alexander Bader clarinet
Amihai Grosz principal viola
Andreas Ottensamer, left, principal clarinet and Joaqhin riquelme, viola
Gunars Upatnieks double bass

23 Nov 2012

What to do with a free day? Our Philharmonic football team decided to play a little match against the Gulbenkian orchestra. We won 6-1, goals scored by Zoltan Almasi, Simon Rössler, Niko Römisch and Andreas Ottensamer (3!). Well done!

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

23 Nov 2012

Good bye Iceland, hello Portugal! Everybody is looking forward to their first really free day (no travelling, no concert for the most of us) in Lisbon.

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

23 Nov 2012

Harpa, emtpy and with public.

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Blue Lagoon)

22 Nov 2012

Thanks so much to the Blue Lagoon for opening an hour early to let our orchestra into their amazing hot blue pool on the way to the airport! Musicians in the Mist..

Photos: Blue Lagoon

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

21 Nov 2012

Sir Simon trying to make a Good-bye speech, knowing that nobody would like to say Good bye…

photo Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

21 Nov 2012

An Icelandic icon: Bjoerk listened to her musician colleagues from Berlin

photo Michael Trippel

Concert impressions from Harpa by Michael Trippel

21 Nov 2012

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

21 Nov 2012

Icelandic way to herd cows…

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

21 Nov 2012

Exkursion to Gullfoss

Photos: Michael Trippel

Strokkur seen by our
(Photo: photographer Michael Trippel)

21 Nov 2012

Strokkur seen by our photographer Michael Trippel

(Photo: Alexander von Puttkamer)

21 Nov 2012

Today we had time to watch the Geysir Strokkur, who has a tourist-friendly eruption rhythm.

Photos: Alexander von Puttkamer

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

21 Nov 2012

There are lots of ways to explore Iceland. Two of the most favourite ones above.

What a fascinating island!

photo Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

20 Nov 2012

The absolute Highlight of the tour so far: Northern lights!

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

20 Nov 2012

Welcome to Iceland! Great weather, great new Harpa hall.

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

20 Nov 2012

On the way to Iceland some serious work on scores.

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

19 Nov 2012

Now we know how to reach Wagner! Why hasn’t anybody told us before???

Photos: Michael Trippel

Solo horn Stefan Dohr prepares
Happy celli

19 Nov 2012

Concert impressions by Michael Trippel

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

19 Nov 2012

credit Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Michael Trippel)

19 Nov 2012

A warm welcome by Stefan Forsberg of the Konserthuset and an interesting perspective from our photographer Michael Trippel.

credit Markus Weidmann

Great crew at the Konserthuset
Gabor Tarkövi uses the waiting time
Gunars Upatnieks and Stanislaw Pajak, double bass

19 Nov 2012

Welcome to Stockholm! Our cases arrived in time and had their rooms… We arrived obviously too early and had to wait for our hotel rooms.

Photos: Michael Trippel

musical rabbit
erik Söderblom, Ceo of Helsinki Festival
rainer Mehne, 2nd Violin
Our
(Photo: photographer, Michael Trippel, at work)

19 Nov 2012

Helsinki impressions by Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Marcus Axt)

18 Nov 2012

If you dare to leave Finnland without having been in the woods, at the Helsinki airport you get your chance to at least pretend to have done it.

Photos: Marcus Axt

(Photo: Sarah Willis)

18 Nov 2012

Helsinki Horn Party- horn players from the Helsinki Phil and Finnish Radio prepared a finnish banquet for us after the concert in their horn room, including home made Moose Sausage!! Even a certain conductor, who does not play horn, was invited!

Credit Sarah Willis

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

18 Nov 2012

Fantastic hall! Fantastic audience! We will be back!!!

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

18 Nov 2012

Rehearsal impressions from Helsinki

Photos: Michael Trippel

(Photo: Andreas Knapp)

18 Nov 2012

Concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and Sir Simon having a fun interview during the flight to Helsinki

Photos: Andreas Knapp

(Photo: Michael Trippel)

18 Nov 2012

Back home: Principal Double Bass Janne Saksala

Photos: Michael Trippel