The time has finally come! Four years have passed since the Berliner Philharmoniker elected Kirill Petrenko as their future chief conductor. Since then, the orchestra and conductor have given many exciting concerts, fuelling anticipation of a new beginning. “Strauss like this you encounter once in a decade – if you're lucky," as the London Times wrote about their Don Juan together.
Starting with Beethoven
With the 2019/2020 season, the partnership officially starts. It is a spectacular opening with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony whose overwhelmingly joyful finale is perfect for the festive occasion. Just one day later, the work can be heard once again at an open-air concert in front of the Brandenburg Gate, to welcome the people of Berlin. Further highlights with Kirill Petrenko follow: the New Year’s Eve concert, featuring works by Gershwin and Bernstein, a concert together with Daniel Barenboim as the soloist, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival and in Berlin and – for the European concert – the first appearance by the Berliner Philharmoniker in Israel for 26 years.
In addition to all new beginnings and wonderful traditions are continued. These include, in particular, the guest performances of longtime friends such as Herbert Blomstedt, Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christian Thielemann. Of course, Sir Simon Rattle returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker – with rarities that he has never conducted here before. The women among this season's guests play a particularly important role: the conductor Emmanuelle Haïm, the singers Marlis Petersen – the orchestra's Artist in Residence –, Diana Damrau, Elīna Garanča, Anja Kampe and Julia Lezhneva, plus the instrumentalists Isabelle Faust, Janine Jansen , Alice Sara Ott and Anna Vinnitskaya.
Two exciting conducting debuts await us next season: in addition to Santtu-Matias Rouvali from Finland, the charismatic Teodor Currentzis also appears at the conductor’s desk of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time, with Verdi’s Requiem and his outstanding choir musicAeterna, with which he delighted audiences on two occasions in the 2018/2019 season.
Soloists from the orchestra’s own ranks
Yet another focus should be mentioned: the extraordinary opportunities to hear members of the Berliner Philharmoniker as protagonists in solo concertos. We invite you to accompany the Berliner Philharmoniker as they enter the Petrenko era. Look forward to getting to know the orchestra again, with fresh inspiration and new perspectives, and in concerts full of energy and vibrancy.