The Grand Opening of Hamburg’s New Elbphilharmonie

Today, 11 January, marks the grand opening of the much anticipated new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. This striking new building – designed by Herzog & de Meuron with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota – features not only a world-class concert hall, but a recital hall, studios, a hotel, and an 82-metre-long, curved escalator. As the venue’s website comments: “The Elbphilharmonie is a total work of art: it combines innovative architecture with an exceptional location, outstanding acoustics and a visionary concert programme.”


Over the next three weeks, a number of ensembles and artists will perform as part of the hall’s Opening Festival, including:

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra with their Music Director Riccardo Muti, will become the first international orchestra to perform at the venue, giving two concerts on 14 and 15 January. The performances are part of the orchestra’s European tour which begins in Paris on Friday 13 January, and continues in Aalborg, Milan, Vienna, Baden-Baden and Frankfurt.

On 17 January, Sarah Connolly will perform alongside Camilla Nylund, Klaus Florian Vogt and Luca Pisaroni in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Symphoniker Hamburg and conductor Jeffrey Tate.

Yo-Yo Ma performs two varied programmes on 24 and 26 January: the first, a duet recital with pianist Kathryn Stott, and secondly in a concert entitled Yo-Yo Ma & friends, where he’ll be joined by Saleem Ashkar among others.


In addition to the Chicago Symphony tour in January, our Tours & Projects department will bring two other projects to the Elbphilharmonie in early 2017:

In February, Britten’s Curlew River comes to the hall, with soloists Ian BostridgeJonathan Lemalu, Marcus Farnsworth and Ashley Riches alongside the Britten Sinfonia and Martin Fitzpatrick.

In March, as part of a European tour, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela with Music Director Gustavo Dudamel will perform all nine Beethoven symphonies across five concerts. The orchestra will also give performances of the cycle in Barcelona and Vienna.


Spanning the entire 2016/17 season, conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher is the Elbphilharmonie’s first Artist in Residence, conducting three concerts throughout the course of his tenure. In addition, the newly renamed NDR Elbphilharmonie will give the world premiere of one of Matthias works, commissioned for the opening of the hall.

Full details of the Opening Festival, including how to watch tonight’s Grand Opening in 360 degrees are here.

For further information and the chance to explore the building, visit the Elbphilharmonie website here.

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