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 celebrated the fifth anniversary of its opening on 11 January 2022. Admittedly a modest anniversary, but there is always a reason to celebrate! After all, the Elbphilharmonie proves evening after evening that the live experience of music surrounded by impressive architecture can inspire anyone and everyone, and can also influence the character of an entire city.

With the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg has earned a global reputation as a distinguished city of culture. In January, that was celebrated with a concert series that perfectly reflected the diversity and quality of the venue’s programme – the guest list included great names such as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Jordi Savall, Charles Lloyd, John Scofield and many more. You can still experience the birthday concert of 11 January with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Alan Gilbert as a video on demand.

And the celebrations are far from over: the Elbphilharmonie’s understanding of culture is far broader than just music, as demonstrated by the light artwork »Breaking Waves« by the internationally acclaimed Studio DRIFT. They will be lighting up the concert hall in spectacular style from 28 April to 1 May for the opening of the Hamburg International Music Festival. The installation is supported by the Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie + Laeiszhalle e.V.. 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 celebrated the Elbphilharmonie’s birthday for a whole week. Click here for a look back at the festival week.

Look back at the festival week

5 Years of Elbphilharmonie : Retrospective

Around 2,500 concerts, more than 3 million concert visitors and countless unique memories – time to look back at five incredible years at the Elbphilharmonie.

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Alan Gilbert

Video on demand : Anniversary Concert: 5 Years of the Elbphilharmonie

The anniversary concert on 11 January, given by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under its chief conductor Alan Gilbert, was broadcast live and is now available as a video on demand.

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Iveta Apkalna

Artists send birthday greetings : Dear Elbphilharmonie...

What kind of birthday would it be without a birthday song? To celebrate the fifth anniversary, a number of artists have sent messages of congratulations. Among them are Iveta Apkalna, Alan Gilbert and Angélique Kidjo.

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Christoph Lieben-Seutter

Interview with the Elbphilharmonie General and Artistic Director

General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter in conversation with the online music magazine VAN – about the scandals of the early days, the perfect light and his favourite places in the Elbphilharmonie.

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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 provides answers to the most frequent questions regarding the Elbphilharmonie acoustics.

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New book about the Elbphilharmonie : Stories and secrets

Writer and music journalist Joachim Mischke has been following the Elbphilharmonie’s story since long before it opened. He has now written a book about that – a love story in 25 chapters.

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

A concert hall for everyone

What does a programme that has something to offer everyone look like? In cooperation with ByteFM, Barbara Lebitsch, the Elbphilharmonie’s Director of Artistic Planning, provides behind-the-scenes insights into her work.

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»Breaking Waves« by DRIFT / Illustration

Spectacular light art : Studio DRIFT

The Dutch designer duo DRIFT brings fascinating sculptures of light and movement to Hamburg – to the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe and to the facade of the Elbphilharmonie.

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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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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Elbphilharmonie & Laeiszhalle : On stage and behind the scenes

Hamburg has both: the venerable Laeiszhalle and the modern Elbphilharmonie. Learn more about the architecture, acoustics and history of the two concert halls, and take a look behind the scenes.

More about the two concert halls

Dive deeper : Elbphilharmonie Mediatheque

Spectacular drone flights through the building, interesting facts about the Elbphilharmonie's architecture and music, interviews and talks – the Mediatheque offers insights on a broad range of topics related to the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle.

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Hamburg in a cultural rapture

Hamburg has a distinguished cultural tradition − with the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, it now has a beacon that allows its diversity to shine far beyond the boundaries of the Hanseatic city. Click here for more cultural highlights you shouldn’t miss.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Hotel & Ticket

Would you like a short holiday in the most beautiful city in the world, including a concert? Hamburg Tourismus offers great travel packages including hotel accommodation and tickets for 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 Grand Opening Elbphilharmonie Grand Opening © 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

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Grand Hall Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Grand Hall © 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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Belcea Quartet Belcea Quartet © Daniel Dittus
Session in the Piano Storeroom

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen explores the backmost corner of the Elbphilharmonie