2021/22 Debuts

For the first time with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Gustavo Gimeno (Photo: Anne Dokter); August Hadelich (Photo: Suxiao Yang); Antonello Manacorda (Photo: Nikolaj Lund); John Storgårds (Photo: Marco Borggreve), John Williams (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd)

Alongside the great names of the music world, concerts by the Berliner Philharmoniker regularly feature new faces. This season, we are again expanding the circle of our musical guests with exciting debuts. There will be two such appearances in one concert in October 2021, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno, who began his career as a percussionist with Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra and now leads the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. At his side is the German-American violinist Augustin Hadelich, who has gained a phenomenal reputation, especially in the USA, thanks to his sensitive, poetic tone.

A guest from the neighbourhood, so to speak, in May 2022 is Antonello Manacorda: principal conductor of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, with whom he has produced highly acclaimed, vibrant recordings of Romantic symphonies. Following in the great tradition of Finnish conductors is John Storgårds, principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In his debut at the end of the season, he conducts Bruckner's Sixth Symphony, a major work of the late Romantic repertoire. In an extraordinary guest performance in October 2021, we also welcome a conductor who has been one of the world’s foremost musicians for decades: John Williams. He will present some of his immortal film music with the Berliner Philharmoniker, from Star Wars to Harry Potter.