5 Years of Elbphilharmonie 5 years ago the Elbphilharmonie opened its doors – it’s time to celebrate! From 9–17 January with Simon Rattle, Iveta Apkalna, Charles Lloyd and many more.

Happy Birthday, Elbphilharmonie!

The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg celebrates the fifth anniversary of its opening on 11 January 2022. Admittedly a modest anniversary, but there is always reason to celebrate! After all, the Elbphilharmonie proves evening after evening that the live experience of music surrounded by impressive architecture can inspire everyone and anyone and also influence the character of an entire city. With the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg has firmly established itself as a first-rate city of culture. And that is being celebrated: from 9  to 17 January 2022 with a series of concerts that demonstrate the variety and quality of concert programmes for which the concert hall has always stood. The guest list includes Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Jordi Savall, Charles Lloyd, John Scofield and many others. Tickets will be raffled off for the birthday concert on 11 January featuring the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the baton of Alan Gilbert (orders accepted from 13–19 December on this website).

The Elbphilharmonie understands culture to be far more than just music – a light art installation by internationally sought-after studio DRIFT that showcases the concert hall in a spectacular way is a testament to this. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) dedicates a four-month exhibition to the artist duo.

Sir Simon Rattle

9–17 January 2022 : The Festival

Hamburg’s orchestras and prominent guests from across the world celebrate the Elbphilharmonie’s birthday for a whole week. Tickets go on sale on 16 November. One exception: the gala concert on 11 January – tickets will be raffled off in December.

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Studio Drift

Studio DRIFT : A Birthday Art Installation

Studio DRIFT – established by artist duo Lonneke Gordijn from the Netherlands and English-born Ralph Nauta, DRIFT has exhibited extraordinary art installations worldwide that explore the relationship between nature, technology and mankind. A portrait.

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Alan Gilbert

Birthday Concert on 11 January : Ticket Lottery

Similar to the grand opening concert five years ago, a portion of the tickets for the birthday concert on 11 January 2022 will be raffled off – hand in your orders between 11:00 on 13 December and 23:59 on 19 December via this website.

Lottery from 13 December
Mariss Jansons

In the Mediatheque : The Best Streams from the Elbphilharmonie

The leading orchestras and foremost conductors of our time perform impressive works of classical music, but also from the genres of jazz, pop and world music: the Elbphilharmonie regularly streams concerts live. Stream them (also after the live concerts) in the Mediatheque.

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Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall / Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Frequently Asked Questions : The Acoustics at the Elbphilharmonie

How does a concert hall in the middle of a busy harbour function? What is vineyard-style seating? And can you really hear every sound in the Grand Hall? This Mediatheque article delivers answers to the most frequent questions regarding the Elbphilharmonie acoustics.

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More Exciting Topics : Elbphilharmonie Mediatheque

Spectacular drone flights through the building, things worth knowing related to the Elbphilharmonie's architecture and music, interviews and talks – the Mediatheque offers insights into all the topics that inspires the Elbphilharmonie.

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Highlights from 5 Years of Elbphilharmonie

Grand Opening of the Elbphilharmonie

On 11 January 2017, the Elbphilharmonie was opened with a gala concert and a spectacular illumination of its facade

Elbphilharmonie Eröffnung Elbphilharmonie Eröffnung © Ralph Larman
Le Grand Macabre

The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra brings the much-lauded opera production from New York to Hamburg

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Le Grand Macabre Le Grand Macabre © Peter Hundert
The National

The indie-rock institution at the Reflektor Bryce Dessner in October 2017

Aakash Odedra

Dancer Aakash Odedra gives a serene performance in the Recital Hall as part of the Reflektor Anoushka Shankar

Aakash Odedra Aakash Odedra © Anoushka Shankar
New York Philharmonic

Illustrious guests from across the world perform in the Elbphilharmonie’s Opening Festival

None © Chris Lee
Twinkle Concerts

Children’s concerts designed with loving attention to detail for all age groups take place in the Recital Hall

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Somnia – What Do Dreams Sound Like? Somnia – What Do Dreams Sound Like? © Claudia Höhne
Concert Cinema on the Forecourt

The Elbphilharmonie regularly broadcasts concerts at the open-air cinema during the summer – with a fantastic view over the Elbe river and cold drinks in the hand

Meute on the Roof

It doesn’t always have to be the Grand Hall – »Techno Marching Band« Meute ascends the Elbphilharmonie roof

None © Sophie Wolter
La Fura dels Baus

Arguably the world’s most spectacular theatre group stages Joseph Haydn’s »The Creation« in the Grand Hall

La Fura dels Baus: Die Schöpfung La Fura dels Baus: Die Schöpfung © Claudia Höhne
Belcea Quartet & Tabea Zimmermann

Intimate moments with the best chamber music ensembles in the Recital Hall

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Session in the Piano Storeroom

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen explores the backmost corner of the Elbphilharmonie

Verdi’s Requiem with La Scala

Riccardo Chailly and about 200 musicians from La Scala in Milan give a guest performance of Verdi’s mighty Requiem in Hamburg

Teatro alla Scala / Riccardo Chailly Teatro alla Scala / Riccardo Chailly © Daniel Dittus