Berlin’s 2018/2019 concert season opens with the Musikfest Berlin from 31 August to 18 September 2018, presented by the Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. Over a period of 19 days 27 performances, featuring more than 65 works by approximately 25 composers, will be given by 22 instrumental and vocal ensembles with more than 30 soloists from the international music scene. The festival venues will include the Philharmonie and its Chamber Music Hall, the rbb’s Grosser Sendesaal (large broadcasting studio of the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg), the Konzerthaus Berlin, Pierre Boulez Hall and St Matthew’s Church.

Great orchestras

Naturally, Berlin’s own great orchestras will participate in the festival, first and foremost, the Berliner Philharmoniker, who will present two orchestral programmes, and the Staatskapelle Berlin, which will open the Musikfest Berlin with Daniel Barenboim. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin will arrive from the Netherlands for their first guest appearance at the Musikfest Berlin, along with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons will come from America’s East Coast, bringing the Gewandhaus Children’s Choir and the women of the Gewandhaus Choir along for a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony. The Munich Philharmonic and its chief conductor Valery Gergiev will also appear.

Tribute to George Benjamin and Pierre Boulez

In addition to works by such composers as Anton Bruckner, Antonín Dvořák, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky and Richard Wagner, the festival will also feature several concert cycles devoted to music of George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez, Claude Debussy, György Ligeti, Mathias Spahlinger, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Anton Webern. The festival will present concerts of symphonic and contemporary orchestral music, concert performances of opera and musical theatre, oratorio, concerts involving ritual, ceremony and action, as well as ensemble concerts, chamber music recitals, live electronic music and, finally, Abel Gance’s classic silent film J’accuse, which was made at the end of the First World War in 1919, with live orchestral accompaniment at the Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt.

The Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy will also appear for the first time at the Musikfest Berlin. Around 100 young musicians from all over the world, conducted by Peter Eötvös, will present the concert-length creation ceremony INORI – Adorations for two dancer-mimes and orchestra by Karlheinz Stockhausen on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie.

Daniel Barenboim
(Photo: Peter Adamik)
George Benjamin
(Photo: A. Bofill)
Andris Nelsons
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Valery Gergiev
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Peter Eötvös
(Photo: Priska Ketterer)

Official website Musikfest Berlin 2018

All concerts of the Musikfest Berlin 2017

Friday,

31 Aug 2018,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Fri, 31 Aug 2018, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Alexander Melnikov piano

Claude Debussy Préludes pour piano, Book 1 and Book 2

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Saturday,

01 Sep 2018,
19:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Sat, 01 Sep 2018, 19:00
Philharmonie

Staatskapelle Berlin

Daniel Barenboim conductor

Works by Pierre Boulez and Igor Stravinsky

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Sunday,

02 Sep 2018,
11:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 02 Sep 2018, 11:00
Chamber Music Hall

Nicolas Altstaedt cello

Johann Sebastian Bach 6 Suites for Cello solo BWV 1007 – 1012

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Sunday,

02 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 02 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Anton Bruckner

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Monday,

03 Sep 2018,
17:00

Ausstellungsfoyer Kammermusiksaal / Einführungsbereich

Musikfest Berlin

Mon, 03 Sep 2018, 17:00
Ausstellungsfoyer Kammermusiksaal / Einführungsbereich

Critics’ Quartet

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Monday,

03 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Mon, 03 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Ensemble Modern

Enno Poppe conductor

Ueli Wiget piano

Caroline Melzer soprano

Works by Anton Webern and Mathias Spahlinger

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Tuesday,

04 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Tue, 04 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Manfred Honeck conductor

Anett Fritsch soprano

Works by Anton Webern and Alban Berg

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Wednesday,

05 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Wed, 05 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Donald Runnicles conductor

Simon O'Neill tenor (Siegfried)

Michael Volle baritone (Der Wanderer)

Judit Kutasi mezzo-soprano (Erda)

Allison Oakes soprano (Brünnhilde)

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Richard Wagner

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Thursday,

06 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Thu, 06 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor

Susan Graham mezzo-soprano

Gewandhaus Children's Choir

Frank-Steffen Elster chorus master

Damen des GewandhausChors

Gregor Meyer chorus master

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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Friday,

07 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Fri, 07 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Münchner Philharmoniker

Valery Gergiev conductor

Georg Nigl baritone

Michael Rotschopf speaker

Josef Bierbichler speaker

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Anton Bruckner

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Saturday,

08 Sep 2018,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: B

Sat, 08 Sep 2018, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir George Benjamin conductor

ChorWerk Ruhr

Cédric Tiberghien piano

Works by Pierre Boulez, Maurice Ravel, György Ligeti and Sir George Benjamin

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Sunday,

09 Sep 2018,
11:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 09 Sep 2018, 11:00
Chamber Music Hall

Florent Boffard piano

Works by Domenico Scarlatti, György Kurtág, Alexander Skrjabin, Sir George Benjamin, Frédéric Chopin and Claude Debussy

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Sunday,

09 Sep 2018,
16:00

Pierre Boulez Saal, Pierre Boulez Saal

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 09 Sep 2018, 16:00
Pierre Boulez Saal, Pierre Boulez Saal

Boulez Ensemble

Daniel Barenboim piano

Works by Robert Schumann and Pierre Boulez

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Sunday,

09 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: L

Sun, 09 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir George Benjamin conductor

ChorWerk Ruhr

Cédric Tiberghien piano

Works by Pierre Boulez, Maurice Ravel, György Ligeti and Sir George Benjamin

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Monday,

10 Sep 2018,
19:30

Pierre Boulez Saal, Pierre Boulez Saal

Musikfest Berlin

Mon, 10 Sep 2018, 19:30
Pierre Boulez Saal, Pierre Boulez Saal

Ensemble intercontemporain

Matthias Pintscher direction

Dimitri Vassilakis piano

Salomé Haller mezzo-soprano

Works by Alban Berg, Gérard Grisey and Pierre Boulez

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Tuesday,

11 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Philippe Herreweghe conductor

Julia Kleiter soprano

Sophie Harmsen mezzo-soprano

Maximilian Schmitt tenor

Krešimir Stražanac bass baritone

Collegium Vocale Gent

Benjamin Bayl chorus master

Antonín Dvořák Requiem, op. 89

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Wednesday,

12 Sep 2018,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Wed, 12 Sep 2018, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Isabelle Faust violin

Anne Katharina Schreiber violin

Antoine Tamestit viola

Danusha Waskiewicz viola

Jean-Guihen Queyras cello

Christian Poltéra cello

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Sir George Benjamin conductor

Susanna Andersson soprano

Krisztina Szabó contralto

Works by Arnold Schoenberg and Sir George Benjamin

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Thursday,

13 Sep 2018,
19:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 19:00
Chamber Music Hall

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano

Works by Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Thursday,

13 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: C

Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Carolin Widmann violin

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Claude Debussy and György Ligeti

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Friday,

14 Sep 2018,
20:00

Konzerthaus Berlin, Großer Saal

Musikfest Berlin

Fri, 14 Sep 2018, 20:00
Konzerthaus Berlin, Großer Saal

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Frank Strobel conductor

Abel Gance J'accuse (silent film, France 1917/1918, live music by Phillippe Schoeller, 2015)

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Friday,

14 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: D

Fri, 14 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Carolin Widmann violin

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Claude Debussy and György Ligeti

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Saturday,

15 Sep 2018,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: E

Sat, 15 Sep 2018, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Carolin Widmann violin

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Claude Debussy and György Ligeti

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Saturday,

15 Sep 2018,
19:00

Haus des Rundfunks, Großer Sendesaal

Musikfest Berlin

Sat, 15 Sep 2018, 19:00
Haus des Rundfunks, Großer Sendesaal

Marco Stroppa sound direction

Dirk Rothbrust drums

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano and Celesta

Benjamin Kobler piano

Works by Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Saturday,

15 Sep 2018,
22:00

St. Matthäus-Kirche, Berlin

Musikfest Berlin

Sat, 15 Sep 2018, 22:00
St. Matthäus-Kirche, Berlin

Tabea Zimmermann viola

Irmela Roelcke Celesta

Michael Weilacher drums

Karen Rettinghaus soprano

Roksolana Chraniuk contralto

Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin

Schola des Rundfunkchors Berlin

Benjamin Goodson chorus master

Works by Igor Stravinsky, Morton Feldman and John Cage

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Sunday,

16 Sep 2018,
11:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 11:00
Chamber Music Hall

IPPNW Charity Concert

Metamorphosen Berlin

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt cello and direction

Works by Leoš Janáček, Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich

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Sunday,

16 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Robin Ticciati conductor

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Michael Alber chorus master

Erin Morely soprano

Anna Stéphany mezzo-soprano

Katharina Magiera contralto

Dame Felicity Lott speaker

Works by Richard Wagner and Claude Debussy

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Monday,

17 Sep 2018,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano (woodblocks, cymbales antiques)

Tamara Stefanovich piano (woodblocks, cymbales antiques)

Marco Stroppa sound direction

Karlheinz Stockhausen Mantra for two pianos and ring modulation

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Tuesday,

18 Sep 2018,
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Tue, 18 Sep 2018, 20:00
Philharmonie

Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy

Peter Eötvös conductor

Winnie Huang dancer mime

Diego Vásquez dancer mime

Paul Jeukendrup sound direction

Karlheinz Stockhausen INORI, Adorations for one or two soloists and orchestra

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