Musikfest Berlin 2023

26. August to 18. September 2023

With over 20 outstanding orchestras, choruses and ensembles from Berlin and around the world, Musikfest Berlin is the spectacular kick-off of the 2023/24 concert season. One high-point of the festival’s varied offerings will be a concert performance of Hector Berlioz’s monumental opera Les Troyens under the baton of John Eliot Gardiner.

John Eliot Gardiner, a doyen of the original-sound movement, is celebrating his 80th birthday. With his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir and an exceptional cast of singers, he is bringing a genuine rarity to the Berlin Philharmonie stage: Berlioz’s music-theatre masterpiece Les Troyens. This opera, of which the composer never got to hear a complete performance, has only been performed twice in Berlin, in 1930 and 2010. The presentation by John Eliot Gardiner and his ensembles will be the first time Berlin has heard the work performed on period instruments – in the composer’s cut, as it were.

Also committed to historical performance practice are the Collegium Vocale Gent, which together with its orchestra and artistic director Philippe Herreweghe will bring Johann Sebastian Bach’s last great vocal work, the B minor Mass, to Berlin, and the RIAS Kammerchor, founded 75 years ago, which with its chief conductor Justin Doyle and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will offer Joseph Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War). 2023 is also an anniversary year for the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, founded 100 years ago, while the Bavarian State Orchestra can look back on a 500-year history. Both of those orchestra will be directed at Musikfest Berlin by their shared principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

Visiting ensembles from abroad include Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Iván Fischer, the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons. Lahav Shani makes his first Musikfest Berlin appearance as the new music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Also making their debuts are Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conducting the Münchner Philharmoniker, Joana Mallwitz, as new principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and Jörg Widmann, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Composer-in-Residence, who will appear in concerts with the orchestra in three different roles: as conductor, clarinettist and composer. Along with the great classics of the standard repertoire and the 20th century – with an emphasis on Gustav Mahler and Sergei Rachmaninoff – the festival programme embraces the music of our own day. In addition to Jörg Widmann, Unsuk Chin will be featured in three major concerts, and there will also be works by Thomas Adès, Julia Adolphe, Dieter Ammann, George Benjamin, Donnacha Dennehy, Francesco Filidei, Saed Haddad, Márton Illés, Elizabeth Ogonek and Betty Olivero. Finally, the world premiere of a new work by Wolfgang von Schweinitz will provide an encounter with classical Persian music.

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Konzerte des Musikfest Berlin 2021

Saturday,

26 Aug 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Sat 26 Aug 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Iván Fischer conductor

Michael Nagy baritone

Works by Jörg Widmann and Gustav Mahler

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Sunday,

27 Aug 2023,
19:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sun 27 Aug 2023, 19:00
Chamber Music Hall

Alexander Rudin cello

Alexander Melnikov piano

Nadezhda Pavlova soprano

Olga Pashchenko piano

Works by Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Monday,

28 Aug 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Mon 28 Aug 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9

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Tuesday,

29 Aug 2023,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Tue 29 Aug 2023, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Alexander Melnikov piano

Works by Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Wednesday,

30 Aug 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Wed 30 Aug 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Robin Ticciati conductor

Wu Wei Sheng

Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano

Allan Clayton tenor

Works by Unsuk Chin and Gustav Mahler

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Friday,

01 Sep 2023,
17:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Fri 01 Sep 2023, 17:00
Main Auditorium

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Alice Coote mezzo-soprano (Cassandre)

Michael Spyres tenor (Énée)

Paula Murrihy mezzo-soprano (Didon)

Lionel Lhote baritone (Chorèbe/Sentinelle I)

Adèle Charvet mezzo-soprano (Ascagne)

William Thomas bass (Narbal/Priam)

Ashley Riches bass-baritone (Panthée)

Beth Taylor mezzo-soprano (Anna)

Laurence Kilsby tenor (Iopas/Hylas)

Rebecca Evans soprano (Hécube)

Alex Rosen bass

Hector Berlioz Les Troyens (Concert Performance)

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Saturday,

02 Sep 2023,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sat 02 Sep 2023, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Ensemble Modern

George Benjamin conductor

Anna Prohaska soprano

Works by Edgard Varèse, Saed Haddad, Maurice Ravel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Arnold Schoenberg

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Saturday,

02 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Sat 02 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Vladimir Jurowski conductor

Kirill Gerstein piano

Works by Kurt Weill, Thomas Adès and Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Sunday,

03 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Sun 03 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Ensemble Modern

George Benjamin conductor

Anna Prohaska soprano

Works by Unsuk Chin, Elizabeth Ogonek, Francesco Filidei, George Benjamin and Dieter Ammann

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Monday,

04 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Mon 04 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Lahav Shani conductor

Hila Baggio soprano

Shai Cohen sound design, sound direction

Works by Paul Ben-Haim, Betty Olivero and Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Tuesday,

05 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Tue 05 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano

Works by Julia Adolphe, George Gershwin and Igor Stravinsky

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Wednesday,

06 Sep 2023,
20:00

Gethsemanekirche

Musikfest Berlin

Wed 06 Sep 2023, 20:00
Gethsemanekirche

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Gijs Leenaars conductor

Sergei Rachmaninoff Ganznächtliche Vigil op. 37

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Thursday,

07 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Thu 07 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Joana Mallwitz conductor

Augustin Hadelich violin

Works by Benjamin Britten, Donnacha Dennehy and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

08 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Fri 08 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Staatskapelle Berlin

Rafael Payare conductor

Alisa Weilerstein cello

Works by Unsuk Chin and Gustav Mahler

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Saturday,

09 Sep 2023,
19:00

Main Auditorium

Series: A – Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Sat 09 Sep 2023, 19:00
Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Jörg Widmann conductor and clarinet

Carolin Widmann violin

Works by Jörg Widmann and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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Sunday,

10 Sep 2023,
11:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sun 10 Sep 2023, 11:00
Chamber Music Hall

Alexander Melnikov piano

B’Rock Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C major, op. 15 (performed and commented)

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Sunday,

10 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Series: B – Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Sun 10 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Jörg Widmann conductor and clarinet

Carolin Widmann violin

Works by Jörg Widmann and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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Monday,

11 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Mon 11 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Vladimir Jurowski conductor

Vilde Frang violin

Works by Victoria Polevá, Alban Berg and Richard Strauss

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Tuesday,

12 Sep 2023,
20:30

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Tue 12 Sep 2023, 20:30
Main Auditorium

Münchner Philharmoniker

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conductor

Talisa Trevigne soprano

Okka von der Damerau contralto

Philharmonischer Chor München

Andreas Herrmann chorus master

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

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Wednesday,

13 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Wed 13 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Collegium Vocale Gent

Ensemble of the Collegium Vocale Gent

Philippe Herreweghe conductor

Dorothee Mields soprano

Margot Oitzinger mezzo-soprano

Alex Potter countertenor

Guy Cutting tenor

Peter Kooij baritone

Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232

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Thursday,

14 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Series: C – Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Thu 14 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Works by Iannis Xenakis, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Márton Illés and György Kurtág

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Friday,

15 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Series: M – Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Fri 15 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Works by Iannis Xenakis, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Márton Illés and György Kurtág

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Friday,

15 Sep 2023,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Fri 15 Sep 2023, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Helge Slaatto violin

Frank Reinecke double bass

Majeed Qadiani tār and setār

Works by Wolfgang von Schweinitz and Traditional

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Saturday,

16 Sep 2023,
19:00

Main Auditorium

Series: D – Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Sat 16 Sep 2023, 19:00
Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Works by Iannis Xenakis, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Márton Illés and György Kurtág

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Saturday,

16 Sep 2023,
19:00

Chamber Music Hall

Five women in robes, four of them holding their plucked string instruments in their hands

Musikfest Berlin

Sat 16 Sep 2023, 19:00
Chamber Music Hall

Five women in robes, four of them holding their plucked string instruments in their hands

Māhbānoo Ensemble

Kimia Nikpourfarokh Kamantsche

Sarā Rezazādeh Tar

Hannāneh Saeidi Qanun

Shivā Ahmadisepehr oud

Sara Khodayar vocals

Sabā Zolfaghari Daf

Niloufar Mohseni Tonbak

Majid Derakhshāni tar, setār, vocals, arrangement and artistic direction

Traditional Classical Music from Iran

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Sunday,

17 Sep 2023,
11:00

Main Auditorium

Organ

Sun 17 Sep 2023, 11:00
Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Isabelle Demers organ

Johanna Pichlmair violin

Stephan Koncz cello

Works by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger

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Sunday,

17 Sep 2023,
20:00

Main Auditorium

Musikfest Berlin

Sun 17 Sep 2023, 20:00
Main Auditorium

RIAS Kammerchor

Freiburger Barockorchester

Justin Doyle conductor

Johanna Wallroth soprano

Anna Stéphany mezzo-soprano

Martin Mitterrutzner tenor

Carles Pachón baritone

Works by Michael Haydn and Joseph Haydn

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Monday,

18 Sep 2023,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Mon 18 Sep 2023, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Stegreif

Juri de Marco artistic direction

Lorenz Blaumer artistic direction

Nina Kazourian recomposition and arrangement

Tabea Schrenk recomposition and arrangement

Julia Biłat recomposition and arrangement

Helena Weinstock-Montag recomposition and arrangement

Franziska Aller recomposition and arrangement

Alistair Duncan co-artistic direction and composition

David Fernandez stage direction, choreography

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