Daniel Harding conducts Bruckner’s “Romantic”

Daniel Harding (photo: Julian Hargreaves)

A horn call from the tower of a medieval town, the rustle of a forest, hunting scenes – Anton Bruckner had such images in mind when he composed his Fourth Symphony, known as the “Romantic”. In this concert, conductor Daniel Harding will bring out the tonal richness of the symphony. Before that, we hear the Viola Concerto by Jörg Widmann, which allows soloist Antoine Tamestit not only to explore the dark, warm tone of his viola, but also to demand completely different, surprising sounds from the instrument – percussive, cutting, unsettling.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding conductor

Antoine Tamestit viola

Jörg Widmann

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Antoine Tamestit viola

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 4 in E flat major “Romantic” (2nd version from 1878/80)

The Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding, and Antoine Tamestit dedicate these concerts to the memory of Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

Dates and Tickets


Daniel Harding

Daniel Harding has been principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007 – a remarkably long partnership. "It's very satisfying to build something up slowly," he says. The English conductor, who will lead the orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from October 2024, also works with top international orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and leading orchestras in the USA. Harding attracted attention early in his career as assistant to Sir Simon Rattle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an assistantship with Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker, where Harding conducted for the first time in 1996. In the same year, he made his debut at the BBC Proms in London - as the youngest conductor in the history of the festival. By the time he was 30, Harding had conducted every major orchestra in the world. In 2011, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra appointed him Honorary Conductor for Life. He was Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris from 2016 to 2019 and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2017. But Daniel Harding has another passion: he has also been working as a pilot since 2018. For him, making music and flying complement each other: "I wanted to find something that would challenge other areas of my brain."

Antoine Tamestit

"As a passionate musician, I play recitals, concerts and chamber music all over the world. I love travelling and sharing music with audiences and people from different cultures," says Antoine Tamestit. His Stradivarius viola sounds "barely higher or lower than a violin", he says; "I think the sound is unique, particularly warm, like an Italian opera singer." Antoine Tamestit, who is highly regarded for his technique and colorful tone, is considered one of "the best violists in the world" (Deutschlandfunk). He studied at the Paris Conservatory, at Yale University and with Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin, and has won several prestigious competitions. As a soloist and founding member of the Trio Zimmermann (together with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltera), he can be heard performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the Baroque to the present day on all the world's major stages. His great commitment to contemporary music is reflected in numerous premieres of new works, like the viola concerto by Jörg Widmann, Remnants of songs by Olga Neuwirth, and the concerto for two violas by Bruno Mantovani. Antoine Tamestit was program director of the Viola Space Festival in Japan for ten years, where he focused on the development of the viola repertoire and a wide range of educational programs.

In memoriam

In memory of Claudio Abbado, chief conductor from 1989 to 2002.

Happy couple

A portrait of violist Antoine Tamestit

Composer in Residence

In Search of the Uncertain: Portrait of Jörg Widmann