(photo: imago/Ferdi Hartung)

Musikfest Berlin

Opening Concert

On 21 April, the Berlin Senate decided that events with more than 1,000 participants will not be permitted up until 31 August 2020. The Musikfest Berlin is currently examining the consequences that the decision will have on this concert. They keep you updated via their newsletter, or on their website.


François-Xavier Roth conductor

Pekka Kuusisto violin

Visiting: Amsterdam

Ludwig van Beethoven

Leonora Overture No. 3 in C major, op. 72

Wolfgang Rihm

sostenuto (German Premiere) commissioned by the Concertgebouworkest

Rebecca Saunders

Still for Violin and Orchestra

Pekka Kuusisto violin

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”

The concerts dedicated to Rebecca Saunders on 29.8., 2.9., 7.9. and 9.9.2020 are funded by means of the Capital City Cultural Fund and the Aventis Foundation.

Dates and Tickets

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Sat, 29 Aug 2020, 19:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 18:10


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The Musikfest’s opening concert will turn the Philharmonie into a place of encounters: On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday, his music will be juxtaposed with contemporary composers. The Concertgebouworkest with François-Xavier Roth and Pekka Kuuisto will combine Beethoven’s “Eroica” with compositions by Rebecca Saunders and Wolfgang Rihm.

(photo: imago/Ferdi Hartung)