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

Sunday,

30 Aug 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Sun, 30 Aug 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Leszek Możdżer piano

Iiro Rantala piano

Michael Wollny piano

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Wednesday,

23 Sep 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: W - Artist in Residence

Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Artist in Residence

Tabea Zimmermann viola

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Jörg Widmann clarinet

Tamara Stefanovich piano

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stanley Dodds direction

Works by Wolfgang Rihm

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Wednesday,

30 Sep 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: V - Vocal

Wed, 30 Sep 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Sabine Devieilhe soprano

Alexandre Tharaud piano

Works by Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy

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Sunday,

04 Oct 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: O - International Chamber Orchestras

Sun, 04 Oct 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Sir Roger Norrington conductor

Vilde Frang violin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Ives and Joseph Haydn

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Saturday,

10 Oct 2020,
22:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sat, 10 Oct 2020, 22:00
Chamber Music Hall

Wochenende Neue Musik

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Martina Gedeck speaker

Works by Olli Mustonen, Milica Djordjević, Zeynep Gedizlioğlu and Paul-Heinz Dittrich

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Sunday,

11 Oct 2020,
18:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: T - Quartet

Sun, 11 Oct 2020, 18:00
Chamber Music Hall

Wochenende Neue Musik

Arditti Quartet

Works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaija Saariaho, Betsy Jolas, Unsuk Chin and Tansy Davies

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Sunday,

11 Oct 2020,
21:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sun, 11 Oct 2020, 21:00
Chamber Music Hall

Wochenende Neue Musik

KlangArt Berlin

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Hilda Paredes and Galina Ustsolskaya

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Monday,

12 Oct 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Mon, 12 Oct 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Martin Helmchen piano

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday,

18 Oct 2020,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 18 Oct 2020, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Michael Maertens speaker

Rachel Schmidt violin

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Solène Kermarrec cello

Cordelia Höfer piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Sunday,

18 Oct 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sun, 18 Oct 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Artist in Residence

Tabea Zimmermann

Participants of the String Quartet Masterclass

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Sunday,

25 Oct 2020,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 25 Oct 2020, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Michael Maertens speaker

Rachel Schmidt violin

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Solène Kermarrec cello

Cordelia Höfer piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Wednesday,

28 Oct 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music

Wed, 28 Oct 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Emmanuel Pahud flute

Jelka Weber flute

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Andreas Wittmann oboe

Wenzel Fuchs clarinet

Alexander Bader clarinet

Stefan Schweigert bassoon

Mor Biron bassoon

Stefan Dohr french horn

Andrej Zust french horn

Works by Joseph Haydn, Charles Gounod, Jacques Ibert and Joachim Raff

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Sunday,

01 Nov 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Sun, 01 Nov 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

STEGREIF.orchester

Jazzrausch Bigband

Nils Landgren trombone

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Wednesday,

04 Nov 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Wed, 04 Nov 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Kadri Voorand vocals and piano

Mihkel Mälgand bass

Solveig Slettahjell Quartet

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Sunday,

08 Nov 2020,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: O - International Chamber Orchestras

Sun, 08 Nov 2020, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes piano and direction

Matthew Truscott concert master

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Tuesday,

10 Nov 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music | Serie: V - Vocal

Tue, 10 Nov 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano

Malcolm Martineau piano

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Wednesday,

11 Nov 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: T - Quartet

Wed, 11 Nov 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Jerusalem Quartet

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev and Franz Schubert

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Saturday,

14 Nov 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Series: T - Quartet, O - International Chamber Orchestras

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

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wednesday,

18 Nov 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music | Serie: U - Piano

Wed, 18 Nov 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Lang Lang piano

Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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Tuesday,

08 Dec 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Tue, 08 Dec 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Beethoven Violinsonaten II

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Martin Helmchen piano

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Thursday,

10 Dec 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Thu, 10 Dec 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Rebekka Bakken vocals

Tore Brunborg saxophone

Bugge Wesseltoft piano

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Sunday,

13 Dec 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music

Sun, 13 Dec 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Berliner Barock Solisten

Reinhard Goebel direction

Reinhold Friedrich trumpet

Christoph Hartmann oboe

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach

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Wednesday,

16 Dec 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: W - Artist in Residence

Wed, 16 Dec 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Tabea Zimmermann viola

Kirill Gerstein piano

Works by Johannes Brahms, Paul Hindemith, Rebecca Clarke and Dmitri Shostakovich

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Monday,

18 Jan 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: U - Piano

Mon, 18 Jan 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Anna Vinnitskaya piano

Works by Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin and Maurice Ravel

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Sunday,

31 Jan 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Series: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music, T - Quartet

Sun, 31 Jan 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Made in Berlin

Works by Hugo Wolf, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eugène Ysaÿe, Jean Françaix and Antonín Dvořák

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Friday,

05 Feb 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: R - Original Sounds

Fri, 05 Feb 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Barock-Wochenende

Jordi Savall

Hespèrion XXI

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Saturday,

06 Feb 2021,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: V - Vocal

Sat, 06 Feb 2021, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Barock-Wochenende

Jupiter-Ensemble

Thomas Dunford lute

Lea Desandre mezzo-soprano

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Saturday,

06 Feb 2021,
19:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music

Sat, 06 Feb 2021, 19:00
Philharmonie

Baroque Weekend

Teodor Currentzis conductor

musicAeterna choir and orchestra

Nadine Koutcher soprano

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Sunday,

07 Feb 2021,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sun, 07 Feb 2021, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Baroque Weekend

Concerto Melante

Magdalene Harer soprano

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Sunday,

07 Feb 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: R - Original Sounds

Sun, 07 Feb 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Barock-Wochenende

Nuria Rial soprano

Accademia del Piacere

Fahmi Alqhai viol and direction

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Sunday,

21 Feb 2021,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 21 Feb 2021, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker− Philharmonic Salon

Ulrich Matthes speaker

Dagmar Manzel vocals

Kotowa Machida violin

Martin Stegner viola

Nikolaus Römisch cello

Jelka Weber flute

Manfred Preis clarinet and asxophone

Cordelia Höfer piano

Uwe Hilprecht piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Tuesday,

23 Feb 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: T - Quartet

Tue, 23 Feb 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Belcea Quartet

Works by Benjamin Britten, Dmitri Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms

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Wednesday,

24 Feb 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: U - Piano

Wed, 24 Feb 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Igor Levit piano

Works by Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg and Ferruccio Busoni

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Sunday,

28 Feb 2021,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 28 Feb 2021, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker− Philharmonic Salon

Ulrich Matthes speaker

Dagmar Manzel vocals

Kotowa Machida violin

Martin Stegner viola

Nikolaus Römisch cello

Jelka Weber flute

Manfred Preis clarinet and asxophone

Cordelia Höfer piano

Uwe Hilprecht piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Tuesday,

02 Mar 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music

Tue, 02 Mar 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Schlagzeuger der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Monday,

08 Mar 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Series: R - Original Sounds, V - Vocal

Mon, 08 Mar 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Jakub Józef Orliński Countertenor

Il pomo d'oro

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Wednesday,

17 Mar 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Wed, 17 Mar 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Iiro Rantala piano

Marius Neset saxophone

Lars Danielsson Double bass and cello

Anton Eger drums

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Friday,

09 Apr 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Fri, 09 Apr 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

SHALOSH

Avi Avital mandolin

Ksenija Sidorova accordion

Itamar Doari percussion

Omer Klein Trio

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Monday,

12 Apr 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Series: V - Vocal, V - Vocal

Mon, 12 Apr 2021, 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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Wednesday,

14 Apr 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: U - Piano

Wed, 14 Apr 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Piotr Anderszewski piano

Johann Sebastian Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Part 2, BWV 870 − 893 (Excerpts)

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Sunday,

18 Apr 2021,
18:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: W - Artist in Residence

Sun, 18 Apr 2021, 18:00
Chamber Music Hall

Artist-in-Residence

Tabea Zimmermann viola

Francesco Piemontesi piano

Daniel Stabrawa violin

Thomas Timm violin

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Janne Saksala double bass

Jelka Weber flute

Gerhild Romberger contralto

Works by Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy, Paul Hindemith, Benjamin James Dale and Antonín Dvořák

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Monday,

26 Apr 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: O - International Chamber Orchestras

Mon, 26 Apr 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Lorenza Borrani concert master

Yuja Wang piano

Works by Carl Maria von Weber, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich

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Tuesday,

27 Apr 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: W - Artist in Residence

Tue, 27 Apr 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Artist-in-Residence

Tabea Zimmermann viola and direction

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Works by Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Friday,

07 May 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Fri, 07 May 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

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Wednesday,

19 May 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: Q - Philharmonic Chamber Music

Wed, 19 May 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall

Sarah Willis french horn

Guillaume Jehl trumpet

Andre Schoch trumpet

Tamás Velenczei trumpet

Olaf Ott trombone

Alexander von Puttkamer tuba

Works by Oskar Böhme, Viktor Ewald and Joseph Horovitz

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Sunday,

23 May 2021,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 23 May 2021, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Max Hopp speaker

Marie-Pierre Langlamet harp

Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Dorian Xhoxhi violin, Helena Madoka Berg violin, Kyoungmin Park viola, Christoph Heesch cello

Cordelia Höfer piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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Wednesday,

26 May 2021,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: W - Artist in Residence

Wed, 26 May 2021, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Artist-in-Residence

Tabea Zimmermann viola

Jean-Guihen Queyras cello

Belcea Quartet

Works by Johannes Brahms

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Sunday,

30 May 2021,
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: S - Philharmonic Salon

Sun, 30 May 2021, 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Salon

Max Hopp speaker

Marie-Pierre Langlamet harp

Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Dorian Xhoxhi violin, Helena Madoka Berg violin, Kyoungmin Park viola, Christoph Heesch cello

Cordelia Höfer piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

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