Young Friends

of the Berliner Philharmoniker

As part of the Friends of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Young Friends aim to interest young adults in Philharmonic life and classical music – with exclusive events, exciting discussion rounds and joint excursions.

About us

Are you between 18 and 35 years old, enthusiastic about classical music and looking for like-minded people? Then become a member of the Junge Freunde!

As a member, you can expect backstage discussions, workshops and visits to dress rehearsals that provide unusual insights into the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the world of classical music. The events are open to all members. Non-members are cordially invited to attend an event on a trial basis and be convinced by what we have to offer.
This is what awaits you:

What awaits you:

  • Dress rehearsal visits: Be there when the Berliner Philharmoniker rehearses with world-famous conductors – for example, at the dress rehearsal for the New Year's Eve concert and the season-ending concert at the Waldbühne.
  • Backstage talks: exchange views with orchestra musicians and other top artists about their experiences and careers in exclusive talks.
  • Music in dispute! Discuss central issues of cultural life with experts from the music and culture scene – informative, controversial and humorous.
  • Music at the Movies: Watch films in which music plays a leading role and discuss them afterwards with musicians from the orchestra and/or other experts.
  • Excursions: Experience what the Berlin scene has to offer on joint excursions to other cultural locations.
  • Cinema LIVE: Experience concert highlights of the Berlin Philharmonic live in the cinema three times a year.
  • Matinees: Enjoy chamber music by musicians and ensembles of the orchestra as well as other exciting interviews and lectures at the Sunday morning concerts held three times a year.
  • Chamber Music Concerts of the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin: Get to know the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin – the ensemble of the Junge Freundeskreis - at exclusive chamber music concerts.
  • Stammtisch rounds: Meet members of the Junge Freundeskreis after events and network with other classical music fans.

The membership fee is based on the normal annual membership fee of the association, the amount of which is set by the members themselves (but at least 100 euros, students at least 50 euros), and is tax-deductible.

Upcoming events

Dezember 2019: »Music at the Movies«

Soweit noch nicht vermerkt, erscheinen die genauen Termine schnellstmöglich.
Änderungen vorbehalten. Detaillierte Informationen / Einladungen erhalten die Mitglieder per E-Mail.

Current events in the 2022/23 season

Fri 16 September 2022, 6 pm: Dress up-concert evening
A joint concert and restaurant visit with the possibility of dressing up
Concert calendar

Sat 29 October 2022, 6 pm: “Inside The Instrument” – The Berliner Philharmoniker and their musical “tools”
A talk with the philharmonic clarinetist Alexander Bader

Sun 30 October 2022, Matinee “From the Sarabande to the Tango”
A dance matinee with Bolero Berlin

Sat 26 November 2022, 2 pm: “Meet and Greet”
A meeting for members and interested people with musical interludes by members of the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin

Thu 29 December 2022, 10 am: general rehearsal for the “End of Year”-concert
The Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Kirill Petrenko, soloist Jonas Kaufmann; followed by a regular’s table
Concert calendar

Sun 22 January 2023, Berliner Philharmonie – “A look behind the scenes”
A joint visit to an organ concert followed by a guided tour of the organ in the great hall of the Berliner Philharmonie
Concert calendar

Sun 12 March 2023, Matinee “Music must come from the heart”
A Rachmaninov matinee to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth

Wed 15 March 2023, 19:15, Music in dispute!
Opening of our new series of talks "Women in Music Business"

April: “Meet and Greet”
A meeting for members and interested people with musical interludes by members of the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin

Sun 16 April 2023, 16:00, “Let's talk about music”
A conversation about the "hip" Philharmonic ("hip" here means "historically informed performance")

Wed 10 May 2023, 16:15: visit of a rehearsal
The Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with Sergio Tiempo (piano)
Concert calendar

Thu 18  May 2023, 19:00: "Friends Meet Friends"
Participation in the annual international opera weekend of the APOLLOS with a concert in the Berliner Philharmonie
Concert calendar

Tue, 23 May 2023, 17:30: Berliner Philharmonie – »A glimpse behind the scenes«
Guided tour through the poster exhibition "György Ligeti on the occasion of his 100th birthday" in the foyer of the Berliner Philharmonie with the curators Dr. Simone Hohmaier and Prof. Dr. Heinz von Loesch

Wed 14. June 2023, 18.30: Meeting with the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin
Rehearsal visit at the JKP, incl. regulars' table and exchange with the instrumentalists

Fri 23 June 2023, general rehearsal visit of the end-of-season concert at the Waldbühne 
The Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Andris Nelsons, with Klaus Florian Vogt (soloist)
Concert calendar

Sun 25 June 2023, Matinee “How powerful is your magical music”
A flute matinee with Emmanuel Pahud

Go to membership

If you have already decided:
Become a member of the Young Circle of Friends directly and support the Berliner Philharmoniker with an annual minimum contribution of €100.00 or €50.00 for students. Click here to register

If you are still undecided:
You are welcome to visit one of our events on a trial basis. Please send us an email to: