Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Philharmonie »Late Night«

Late Night

Late Night: Sir Simon Rattle and music by Bach

Our Late-Night concerts are not for sleepyheads. When other concertgoers are on their way home, this is where things are just getting started: three times a season, the late-night events offer music after Philharmoniker concerts - with members of the orchestra, distinguished guests and unusual programmes. A concert series for night owls and the curious who want to immerse themselves in unknown soundscapes.

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Anna Prohaska soprano

Christopher Ainslie countertenor

Patrick Grahl tenor

Tobias Berndt bass

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Johann Sebastian Bach

“Liebster Gott, wann werd ich sterben?”, Cantata, BWV 8

Johann Sebastian Bach

“Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke”, Cantata, BWV 84

Johann Sebastian Bach

“Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht”, Cantata, BWV 105

Dates and Tickets


Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle was chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker and artistic director of the Philharmonie Berlin from September 2002 to June 2018. During this time, not only were the Education Programme and the Digital Concert Hall launched, the Late Night Concerts were also introduced. Even before taking up his post in Berlin, he collaborated regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker for 15 years. He made his debut with the orchestra in November 1987, conducting Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Simon Rattle, born in Liverpool, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His tenure with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) from 1980 to 1998 – first as principal conductor and artistic advisor, then as music director – brought him international renown. His concert and operatic repertoire is varied and ranges from the Baroque period to contemporary music. Sir Simon has led the London Symphony Orchestra as music director since September 2017. He is also principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and chief conductor designate of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; in addition, he also works with leading orchestras both in Europe and the US.

Anna Prohaska

Anna Prohaska comes from a long-established Viennese family of musicians. The singer studied at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin and made her debut at the Komische Oper Berlin at the age of 17. At 20, she appeared for the first time at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where she is still an ensemble member, despite her international career. The soprano has an extraordinarily broad repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to world premieres, although she is particularly fond of works from the Baroque period. Anna Prohaska collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Philippe Jordan, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Kirill Petrenko and appears regularly at the world’s leading opera and concert halls as well as the Salzburg Festival.

Christopher Ainslie

The countertenor comes from Cape Town, South Africa, where he studied the viola and sang in a boys’ choir. He later took voice lessons, but first studied finance and began a career as an accountant. Ainslie went to Great Britain in 2005 to continue his vocal training at the Royal College of Music in London. He won several prizes, including at the London Handel Festival in 2007, and has appeared since then in oratorios, operas, and vocal recitals far beyond Great Britain. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach plays a central role: He sang the Christmas Oratorio under Vladimir Jurowski in Moscow, the B minor Mass in New York and cantatas with the International Bach Academy Stuttgart. He appears in operas by Handel and other composers at the English National Opera, at Glyndebourne, at the Opéra de Lyon and at the Handel Festival in Göttingen.

Patrick Grahl

The tenor from Leipzig was a member of the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir and later studied voice with Berthold Schmid at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater. Master classes with Peter Schreier, Gerd Türk and Ileana Cotrubas, among others, provided further impetus. Since winning first prize at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2016, Patrick Grahl has been much in demand as an oratorio and concert soloist. He has appeared with Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the London Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Hartmut Haenchen, Ton Koopman and Hans-Christoph Rademann. He still has close ties with the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir and the Dresdner Kreuzchor.

Jan Martiník

Born in Berlin, he began his musical training in the Dresdner Kreuzchor. Later he studied in Leipzig and Mannheim. Rudolf Piernay, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Quasthoff and Irwin Gage were among his teachers. Quasthoff and Irwin Gage were among his teachers. The baritone won numerous prizes, especially as a lied interpreter, and has since established himself primarily as a concert singer. Tobias Berndt has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmuth Rilling and Michael Sanderling. Under the baton of Teodor Currentzis, he gave guest performances of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in Paris, Lisbon, Berlin and Athens. In addition he has performed at the Kölner Philharmonie, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the and Herkulessaal in Munich, as well as at important festivals such as the Prague Spring and the Musikfest Stuttgart.

Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Monika Rittershaus)