5 Years of Elbphilharmonie

Festival celebrating the fifth birthday of the concert hall – with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Charles Lloyd, Iveta Apkalna, Sir Simon Rattle and many more

How time flies! It’s been almost five years since the Elbphilharmonie opened its (concert hall) doors for the first time and Hamburg residents finally got the chance to see their city’s new landmark from the inside. And that they did, in no uncertain way! Since then, the Plaza has counted millions of visitors, both local and from farther afield, while hundreds of thousands have attended the concerts. As the coronavirus pandemic gradually comes to an end, we want to pick up this success story where we left off. The party is already in preparation, with a whole week of celebrations planned in the Grand and Recital Halls, featuring Hamburg’s orchestras and famous international guests. The actual anniversary dates – 11 January for the Grand Hall and 12 January for the Recital Hall – belong to our two resident orchestras. Both the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the baton of Alan Gilbert and Ensemble Resonanz have chosen plenty of contemporary music for their programmes, and are joined by prominent guest artists.

Two guest appearances each are contributed by the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim; Recital Hall visitors can look forward to a chamber music evening with early music icon Jordi Savall, as well as to performances by the American jazz guitarist John Scofield and electronica pioneer Suzanne Ciani.

The anniversary week is brought to an end by the Publikumsorchester (Audience Orchestra) in the Grand Hall. And it goes without saying that titular organist Iveta Apkalna joins in as well: she plays her own birthday congratulations two weeks later, almost five years to the day after her first solo recital in the Grand Hall.