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War and peace in music

How does music speak about war? And what does peace sound like? An essay.

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: Mediatheque: What's going on here?

Streams, interviews, podcasts: A guide to the Elbphilharmonie's digital programme.

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: Rebecca Saunders – A Portrait

On a perpetual expedition into the unknown, with an unmistakeable signature – a portrait of one of the most successful composers of our time.

Franziskan mystery play

Kent Nagano talks about »Saint François d’Assise«, the one-of-a-kind opera written by his teacher and friend Olivier Messiaen.


Freedom in her eyes: beyond the overwhelming music, in the best sense, of the Russian composer.


The collective led by poet and activist Moor Mother is probably the most political band in contemporary jazz.

Unusual Stories from the Laeiszhalle

Ten of the most entertaining stories about Hamburg's venerable concert hall.

Interview with Vladimir Jurowski

»There can be no justification for such barbarism«: the revered conductor opens up about his native Russia, the war in Ukraine, and artistic responsibility.

Elisabeth Leonskaja – A Portrait

Embracing life with the Grand Dame herself: the pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja

Music as trauma medicine

What can musical monuments achieve that physical ones can’t? An essay by the American composer John Adams.

The Band ADG7 – a portrait

»You guys are crazy« - about the successful K-folk band ADG7

The deep well of history

A brief look at Armenia’s ancient music in the 21st century

A look back at André Heller’s »Reflektor« Festival

The picture gallery of a uniquely colourful festival in the Elbphilharmonie (16-24 March 2024)

Xenia Hausner: Fremde in einer stereotypen Welt

About the colourful paintings by Viennese artist Xenia Hausner, which are on exhibition in the foyer of the Great Hall on the occasion of André Heller's Reflektor Festival.


Beloved man-eater – the legendary jazz singer brings a dark jazz opera to the stage.

Luigi Nono – A Portrait

Paths are created by walking: about the Italian composer Luigi Nono

Interview with Jakub Hrůša

The Brno-born conductor talks about his Czech heritage, the inexplicable Bohemian sound and the art of letting go.

Sir András Schiff – A Portrait

Master of joyous virtuosity: in the hands of the acclaimed pianist Sir András Schiff, the music seems to require no external reference points.

»The entire horizon before your eyes«

Conductor François-Xavier Roth talks about intellectual challenges, fresh looks at music and flying batons.