The Berliner Philharmoniker is planning a residency project in Shanghai at two-year intervals, beginning in June 2022. The performances in June 2022 are part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and China. Under the baton of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko, the orchestra will give four concerts during this first residency as part of a “Festival of the Berliner Philharmoniker”. Chamber music activities are also planned, as well as master classes, concert introductions and other outreach and community projects. In the course of this longer residency, the orchestra attaches great importance to a direct exchange with the musical and social life in Shanghai and encounters with local conditions.
The Berliner Philharmoniker have already visited China on five occasions. It began with the orchestra’s legendary first tour of China under the direction of Herbert von Karajan in the autumn of 1979 – at that time one of the first tours of the People’s Republic by a foreign orchestra. In 2005, 26 years later, the orchestra undertook a tour with its then chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle. This tour was brought to a worldwide audience in the film Trip to Asia. Together with Sir Simon Rattle, there were two further stays in China, in 2011 and in 2017 as part of the chief conductor’s farewell tour through Asia. In 2018, Gustavo Dudamel led the orchestra on a tour of Asia which once again included China. With their new residency in Shanghai in 2022, the Berliner Philharmoniker will begin an exclusive partnership with Wu Promotion