Right on the waterfront of the river Elbe, on the western tip of the Hafen-City, Hamburg is building a new concert hall - the Elbphilharmonie. The glass structure is built upon the massive red brick construction of the former warehouse known as the Kaispeicher A and rises up to a height of 110 metres. The heart of the Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is the Grand Hall - a world-class concert hall with a seating capacity for 2,100 guests and a height of 50 metres, which will provide a spectacular stage for Hamburg's vibrant music scene and for stars from all over the world. Two smaller concert halls can be found in the Elbphilharmonie along with a hotel, a restaurant, 45 residential flats and a plaza with a 360° panorama view which is open to the public.
From 2008 the construction of the concert hall was interrupted by disputes between the developer and the building contractor. In April 2013 the City of Hamburg approved a new organisation of the project which guarantees completion of the whole building on 31.10.2016. The opening will probably take place in Spring 2017.
Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle - Two venues, one future
The future Elbphilharmonie in Hamburgs's harbour and the prestigious hundred year old Laeiszhalle in the city centre are under one management. Christoph Lieben-Seutter has been the General and Artistic Director of both halls since 2007, with responsibility for the Elbphilharmonie Konzerte since the 2009/2010 concert season. The concert series »Elbphilharmonie Konzerte« presents a multifaceted, modern and cosmopolitan programme of classic, jazz and world music in about 100 concerts each season, already giving a clear indication of the quality and range of the future programme of the Elbphilharmonie. The NDR Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, will be the Orchestra in Residence of the Elbphilharmonie.
A vision becomes real: virtual tour through the future concert hall:
Interview: General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter about the future artistic programme of the Elbphilharmonie.
Video: multipercussionist Martin Grubinger visits the Elbphilharmonie
Video: Looking forward to the Elbphilharmonie: conductor Mariss Jansons, baritone Thomas Quasthoff, pianist Piotr Anderszewski and many more...