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One Year of Elbphilharmonie

This picture was circulated across the world on 11 January 2017. One year later the Elbphilharmonie reflects on a spectacular first year.

Some 850,000 people attended over 600 concerts in the first year of the Elbphilharmonie, more than 4.5 million visited the Plaza, nearly 70,000 took part in guided tours of the concert halls, and the Elbphilharmonie’s music education programme attracted over 60,000 people of all ages as participants. The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg can look back on an impressive success story since its official opening a year ago.

The Elbphilharmonie is magnificent. Every corner of this building will amaze you. Acoustically it is first-rate.

Gustavo Dudamel

In addition to the concert series put on by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and Ensemble Resonanz, some 70 orchestras have made guest appearances at the Elbphilharmonie, among them many of the best orchestras of our time.

Around 130 ensembles, bands and choirs performed in a wide variety of concerts ranging far beyond classical music to jazz, world music, rock, pop, electronic music and hip-hop.

Aaron Dessner / Lisa Hannigan / Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner

It feels like it could become a kind of cultural centre for Europe.

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Facts and Figures

  • more than 600 concerts
  • approx. 850,000 concertgoers
  • 408 concerts and workshops for school classes
  • 1,462 guided tours
  • more than 4.5 million Plaza visitors
  • 110 conductors
  • 70 orchestras
  • more than 60,000 participants in the Elbphilharmonie’s music education programme
  • more than 70,000 guided tour participants
  • more than 18,000 World of Instruments workshop participants

For us, the Elbphilharmonie has become a home to our Resonances concert series with brave music programmes and encounters with great artists. The fantastic, warm and transparent acoustics make delicate listening possible and at the same time calls for it – the perfect space for the development of new programme ideas that resonate in the hall and across the world.

Ensemble Resonanz

In the Media

Last but not least, the media coverage during the Elbphilharmonie’s first year surpassed all expectations. Some 50,000 articles appeared worldwide in newspapers, magazines and all kinds of periodicals, as well as online. The website www.elbphilharmonie.com has been accessed roughly 50 million times, and various live streams and concert recordings were viewed approximately 3 million times in total via the Elbphilharmonie Worldwide and social media platforms.

Elbphilharmonie and Einstürzende Neubauten – the combination! Someone had a sense of humour.

Blixa Bargeld

When I was here with my other orchestra for the first time, I thought, this is the best concert hall to be principal conductor.

Alan Gilbert

Yo-Yo Ma / Alan Gilbert / New York Philharmonic

A great adventure to enter your colosseum of music!

Kings of Convenience

No place or concert hall is comparable with the Elbphilharmonie.

Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano

I would describe the hall as »very HD«, very high definition, extremely modern. You have to be careful of the resonances here. But if you really work with the space, it likes it and thanks you.

Sir Simon Rattle / Hamburger Abendblatt