Musikfest Berlin makes a guest appearance in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall. With the title “Musikfest Berlin digital”, 18 concerts of the festival will be broadcast live and time-delayed on the Berliner Philharmoniker’s video platform: the Beethoven cycle by Igor Levit, who will present all 32 of the composer’s piano sonatas; Bach’s complete solo suites with cellist Nicolas Altstaedt; and the Beethoven homages by jazz pianists Michael Wollny, Iiro Rantala and David Helbock. The other concerts feature encounters with major composers of our time: a work portrait of the composer and winner of the 2019 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize Rebecca Saunders, and the music and new works of Georges Aperghis, George Benjamin, Milica Djordjević, Enno Poppe and Wolfgang Rihm, performed by Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
With the joint initiative “Musikfest Berlin digital”, the Berliner Festspiele and the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation want as many people as possible to have the opportunity – despite the limited space available due to the corona pandemic – to experience the events of Musikfest Berlin: live or time-delayed from the main auditorium of the Philharmonie. As a result, access to the concerts in the Digital Concert Hall and on “Musikfest Berlin on Demand” is free of charge. As the streamed concerts are available for 72 hours after, the offer can be accessed across all time zones and international attention can be drawn to the new start of musical life in the Philharmonie Berlin under the conditions of the Covid 19 pandemic.
By the way: in addition to “Musikfest Berlin digital”, the concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker at Musikfest Berlin will be broadcast live in the Digital Concert Hall as every year. Chief conductor Kirill Petrenko conducts works by Berg and Dvořák with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist, and Daniel Harding can be heard with works by Berg and Beethoven.