Philharmonic Chamber Music

Unique playing culture

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
(Photo: Felix Broede)

It is most natural for the Berliner Philharmoniker to dedicate themselves with great enthusiasm to chamber music in addition to playing in the orchestra. Hardly a member of the orchestra is not involved in one or more specialised chamber ensembles, not fewer than 37 of which can be found on the orchestra’s own website. Many of these ensembles, in which the musicians have developed a unique playing culture due to working together as colleagues for many years, are internationally renowned and perform as guests around the world.

Internationally renowned ensembles

The tradition of Philharmonic chamber music performance has a long history. The combination of the 12 Cellists is of particular note, however, since it led a veritable founding boom: the twelve musicians increasingly inspired their colleagues to perform to some extent independently, a development that was bound to ensure ever more variety in the Philharmonic repertoire. Numerous internationally renowned string quartets have been and continue to be founded by musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker – a tradition that is also cultivated by the orchestra’s younger generation, as demonstrated, for instance, by the Varian Fry Quartet and the Philharmonic String Quartet. The historical range that the Philharmonic chamber music ensembles address ranges from authentic period instrument sound to contemporary music. The Scharoun Ensemble devotes itself to the latter, besides the canon of classical and Romantic repertoire. This classical octet formation, founded in 1983 by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, has initiated and premiered numerous new pieces, collaborating in so doing with composers such as Hans Werner Henze, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Aribert Reimann, György Ligeti, Jörg Widmann and Matthias Pintscher. But new works have also been composed for other Philharmonic chamber music groups, for instance for the Ensemble Wien-Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic Octet.

Stylistic versatility

The scope of chamber music has been expanding in this way for decades, and this rapid evolution gives no signs of coming to a halt. Arrangements for the most varied of line-ups enrich the chamber music repertoire in diverse ways. The picture of the Berlin Philharmonic’s chamber music activities is complemented by occasional forays into the worlds of tango, bossa nova and jazz, demonstrating how playing in small groups furthers stylistic versatility. But also the trios, quartets, quintets and octets for chamber music ensembles of all kinds draw on a historical breadth that ranges from Renaissance and early Baroque to various forms of entertainment music and 21st-century modernity.

The principal forum for this is the Philharmonic Chamber Music concert series, in which programmes are presented in various formats. Here, the Berliner Philharmoniker cultivate in small ensembles a repertoire that is not accessible to a large symphony orchestra, and that plays a rather marginal role in concert life. The great diversity of these concerts is reflected in the line-ups, ranging from the “classical” string quartet to rare combinations of instruments. Philharmonic Chamber Music, which the Berlin Philharmonic are of course for the most part staging with colleagues from their own ranks in 2019-20, is a platform simultaneously for the “hits” of chamber music literature, and for discovering and rediscovering unknown musical gems.

12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker
(Photo: Stephan Röhl)
Blechbläser der Berliner Philharmoniker
(Photo: Peter Adamik)
Feininger Trio
(Photo: privat)
Philharmonisches Klavierquartett
(Photo: Stephan Röhl)
Philharmonisches Klaviertrio
(Photo: Stephan Röhl)
Philharmonische Streichquartett
(Photo: Simon Pauly)
Concerto Melante
(Photo: Alessandro Cappone)

Next Chamber Music Concerts

Tuesday,

04 Feb 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: U - Piano

Tue, 04 Feb 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Beatrice Rana piano

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Isaac Albéniz and Igor Stravinsky

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Friday,

07 Feb 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: R - Original Sounds

Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Ensemble Correspondances

Sébastien Daucé organ and direction

Lucile Richardot mezzo-soprano

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Sunday,

16 Feb 2020,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 16 Feb 2020, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Heikko Deutschmann speaker

Imogen Kogge speaker

Varian Fry Quartett

Cordelia Höfer piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Sunday,

16 Feb 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: T - Quartet

Sun, 16 Feb 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Piano Quintet

Works by Frank Bridge, Danny Elfman and Johannes Brahms

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Sunday,

23 Feb 2020,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 23 Feb 2020, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Heikko Deutschmann speaker

Imogen Kogge speaker

Varian Fry Quartett

Cordelia Höfer piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Wednesday,

26 Feb 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music

Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Guests

Ulrich Matthes speaker

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Monday,

09 Mar 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Series: O - International Chamber Orchestras, R - Original Sounds

Mon, 09 Mar 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Bernhard Forck violin and direction

Isabelle Faust violin

Xenia Löffler oboe

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

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Friday,

13 Mar 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Fri, 13 Mar 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Festival Tel Aviv – Berlin

Israel Contemporary Players

Ilan Volkov conductor

Saar Berger french horn

Yaron Deutsch guitar

Ohad Fishof Vocals

Nico Teen Vocals

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Saturday,

14 Mar 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Festival Tel Aviv – Berlin

Omer Klein Trio

Shalosh Trio

Avi Avital Mandoline

Ksenija Sidorova accordion

Itamar Doari percussion

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Wednesday,

25 Mar 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Wed, 25 Mar 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Jazzrausch Bigband

STEGREIF.orchester

Nils Landgren trombone

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Friday,

03 Apr 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: V - Vocal

Fri, 03 Apr 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

La Voce Strumentale

Dmitry Sinkovsky violin and direction

Julia Lezhneva soprano

Luca Pianca lute

Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Nicola Porpora, Carl Heinrich Graun, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Adolf Hasse and George Frideric Handel

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Santa Monica High School Orchestra

Works by Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Mahler, Niall Ferguson and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Saturday,

25 Apr 2020,
14:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sat, 25 Apr 2020, 14:00
Chamber Music Hall

Beethoven Marathon

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests

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Sunday,

26 Apr 2020,
14:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sun, 26 Apr 2020, 14:00
Chamber Music Hall

Beethoven Marathon

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests

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Friday,

08 May 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Fri, 08 May 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Grégoire Maret harmonica

Romain Collin piano

Edmar Castañeda harp

Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio

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Thursday,

14 May 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: U - Piano

Thu, 14 May 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Cédric Tiberghien piano

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Morton Feldman, John Cage and George Crumb

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Monday,

18 May 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music

Mon, 18 May 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Octet Berlin

Works by Hugo Kaun, Toshio Hosokawa and Franz Schubert

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Tuesday,

19 May 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: R - Original Sounds

Tue, 19 May 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Berliner Barock Solisten

Reinhard Goebel direction

Benjamin Appl baritone

Christoph Hartmann oboe

Works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Monsieur Bach de Berlin, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and Johann Sebastian Bach

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Sunday,

24 May 2020,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 24 May 2020, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Rufus Beck speaker

Concerto Melante

Raimar Orlovsky violin and direction

Cordelia Höfer forte piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Monday,

25 May 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: O - International Chamber Orchestras

Mon, 25 May 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Renaud Capuçon violin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

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Sunday,

31 May 2020,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 31 May 2020, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Rufus Beck speaker

Concerto Melante

Raimar Orlovsky violin and direction

Cordelia Höfer forte piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Tuesday,

09 Jun 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music

Tue, 09 Jun 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Marlis Petersen soprano

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stephan Matthias Lademann piano

Works by Karl Weigl, Franz Schubert and Theodor Kirchner

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Saturday,

13 Jun 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Non-subscription concert chamber music

Sat, 13 Jun 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Martin Stegner viola

Golnar Shahyar voice, guitar, piano and percussion

Mahan Mirarab guitar, fretless guitar and oud

Amir Wahba percussion

BigBand der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Manfred Honetschläger trombone, direction and arrangements

Martina Bárta vocals

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