(photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Riccardo Muti Conductor

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 4 in C minor D 417

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphonie Nr. 4 in F minor op. 36

Dates and Tickets

Wed, 24 May 2017, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie D

Thu, 25 May 2017, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie A

Fri, 26 May 2017, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie B


“I have many colleagues who say how happy they are simply standing on the podium. But I am happy when the musicians and I succeed in serving the composer and conveying something to the listeners. It’s a question of honesty. Arturo Toscanini for example, whom I admire greatly, analysed after every concert what had gone well and less well.” Riccardo Muti is considered an uncompromising perfectionist who focuses with passion and commitment on the essentials: rendering the music appropriately with fidelity to the original. He began to play violin at the age of eight. (“A violin given to me when I was eight changed my life.”) At 13 he switched to piano; two years later, the sound of the orchestra began to fascinate him. Muti studied piano, composition and conducting in his hometown of Naples and in Milan, with, among others, the composer Bruno Bettinelli and the Toscanini students Antonio Votto and Guido Cantelli. Here he learned the compellingly perfect art of conducting in the Toscanini tradition; in the process, the precision which continues to characterise his artistic activity today was imparted to him: “I always use the authentic version of a score.”

Muti’s international career began when he won the renowned Guido Cantelli Competition in 1967 and was appointed the artistic director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino one year later. One thing followed another in rapid succession: in 1971 he was invited to the Salzburg Festival by Herbert von Karajan; in 1972 the maestro debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and then he took over the Philharmonia Orchestra in London as successor to Otto Klemperer. In addition, he conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time, with whom by now he has been associated in a close artistic partnership for many decades: “I took away many things from my first encounters with the Berlin Philharmonic, things that contributed to my musical education even after my studies and that now are an integral component of my artistic identity. When I now come back here more than 40 years later, I’m giving some of that back in changed, mature form.” We can thus very much look forward to the guest appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic of the music director of the Teatro alla Scala for many years and current chief conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He conducts the Forth Symphonies by Franz Schubert and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

(photo: Todd Rosenberg)