Beethoven & Co in the Philharmonie

Our concert highlights in November and December

(Photo: Stephan Rabold)

Our concerts for November and December bring good news: first of all, the latest hygiene regulations allow us to welcome more visitors to the Philharmonie – and secondly, the concerts can take place with all the conductors and soloists as planned. Only the programmes have been adjusted, as the concerts must continue to take place without an interval.

There are two additional concerts with chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. Due to the cancelled USA tour, he and the Berliner Philharmoniker will present a programme in Berlin featuring Andrew Norman’s Sabina, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Kirill Petrenko also conducts the traditional New Year’s Eve concert, which this year is dedicated to Spanish music. Among other works, guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas will play Joaquín Rodrigo’s evocative Concierto de Aranjuez.

French, Spanish and Russian

We look forward to orchestral concerts with long-standing and highly regarded guest conductors: The first is Daniel Barenboim, with a virtuosic programme: Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker, is the soloist in Jacques Ibert’s flute concerto, one of the most dazzling works written for the instrument. Tugan Sokiev brings with him the Norwegian Truls Mørk as guest soloist, who will play Camille Saint-Saens’ First Cello Concerto. Andris Nelsons conducts a Beethoven work with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time: his Fifth Symphony – plus Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with Baiba Skride as the soloist. We will also hear Iván Fischer with Antonín Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, a work full of joie de vivre. There will also be a reunion with the Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who will perform Franz Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto under Fischer’s direction.

“Beethoven in close-up”

The ticket packets of the chamber music series

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Duo, quartet, and more

The chamber music concerts focus on the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In November, there is the series Beethoven in close-up, in which members of the Berliner Philharmoniker perform string quartets and other chamber music by the First Viennese School composer, and violinist Franz Peter Zimmermann and pianist Martin Helmchen continue their cycle of his violin sonatas. Tabea Zimmermann, this season’s artist in residence, will give a duo recital with the pianist Kirill Gerstein. The Berliner Barock Solisten celebrate their 25th birthday with an anniversary concert under the baton of Reinhard Goebel. Guests of our chamber music series include the Jerusalem Quartet and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which will appear once with Leif Ove Andsnes and once with Sir Simon Rattle in the Chamber Music Hall. The Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic series presents two great female jazz singers, Kadri Voorand and Solveig Slettahjell, in November and a Nordic Christmas vibe in December. Organist Olivier Latry and the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker also invite you to a festive pre-Christmas concert of French music.

New hygiene concept

From November, a new hygiene concept will be in place which is based on the new guidelines for containing the corona pandemic issued by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe: the Philharmonie Berlin will once again be open to more visitors. There will be 1000 seats available in the main auditorium, and 567 in the Chamber Music Hall. The new hygiene concept also includes the mandatory wearing of masks during the entire concert.

Our guest artists

Daniel Barenboim
(Photo: Peter Adamik)
Tugan Sokhiev
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Andris Nelsons
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Baiba Skride
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Frank Peter Zimmermann
(Photo: Harald Hoffmann)
Tabea Zimmermann
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Kadri Voorand
(Photo: Anu Hammer)
Jerusalem Quartet
(Photo: Felix Broede)