Max Simonischek
Max Simonischek | Picture: Fabian Schellhorn

Concert information


Most people know Carl Maria von Weber as the creator of the opera Der Freischütz. But he was much more than that: a highly-gifted pianist and conductor, an astute musical commentator, and an innovative composer who decisively influenced the characteristic sound and instrumentation of Romantic music. Using contemporary texts read by the actor Max Simonischek, the Philharmonic Salon with depict Weber’s life, with all its highs and lows. The musical accompaniment will be provided by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the pianist Cordelia Höfer.


Max Simonischek speaker
Helena Madoka Berg violin
Anne Luisa Kramb violin
Stanislava Stoykova viola
David Riniker cello
Michael Hasel flute
Matic Kuder clarinet
Cordelia Höfer piano
Götz Teutsch programme supervision

Chamber Music Hall

16 to 37 €


Series S: Philharmonic Salon


Max Simonischek

Since the beginning of the 2022/23 season, Max Simonischek has been a member of the ensemble at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, where he can currently be seen in Lessing's Minna von Barnhelm. He is known to a wider audience as the detective in the ZDF crime series Laim. Born in Berlin as the son of two actors, Max Simonischek received his training at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg; this was followed by engagements at the Maxim Gorki Theatre, the Munich Kammerspiele, the Vienna Burgtheater and the Salzburg Festival. 

Max Simonischek had his breakthrough on German television in 2009 with Hindenburg. Since then, the actor has regularly appeared in TV productions and cinema films such as Der Verdingbub, Akte Grüninger, Die göttliche Ordnung and Zwingli. In 2015, Max Simonischek directed and performed Kafka's Der Bau for the first time at the Neumarkt Theatre in Zurich, subsequently performing the work at the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Salzburg Festival, Schauspiel Frankfurt and the Landestheater Innsbruck. He was awarded the Vienna Nestroy Theatre Prize and the Friedrich Luft Prize for the best Berlin theatre production, and won a German Television Award for his film work.

Götz Teutsch

Götz Teutsch’s membership of the Berliner Philharmoniker between 1970 and 2006 included two decades as principal cellist under the chief conductors Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado. He was one of the founding members of the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and also appeared as a soloist with the orchestra, for instance in Dmitri Shostakovich's Second Cello Concerto. 

Born in Hermannstadt (Sibiu) in Transylvania, Romania, he was initially trained in Bucharest by Radu Aldulescu; after leaving Romania in 1968, he continued his studies with Enrico Mainardi and Karl Richter. He has also pursued an interest in historically informed performance practice, and plays the viola da gamba. A lover of literature, Götz Teutsch organised the first Philharmonic Salon in November 2000. His idea of combining spoken word and music quickly developed into a successful series.