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Play Music!

A concert hall for everyone – this is the principle upon which the Elbphilharmonie is based, and a motto that it takes quite literally. For the first time ever, a concert hall has founded five orchestras and ensembles for dedicated non-professionals at the same time. The Elbphilharmonie is what you make of it!

Discover Your Talent

With the newly founded Elbphilharmonie ensembles, it is not the stars of the music world who are sitting on the stage of the Grand Hall or the Recital Hall – it is Hamburg residents like you and me. For young and old, with or without previous musical knowledge – with different cultural backgrounds and up to three generations of people have an opportunity to come together and make music with enthusiasm and zeal in a variety of line-ups. Take part in shaping the Elbphilharmonie.

Learn more about the ensembles on the Elbphilharmonie Blog

Information and Registration

phone: +49 40 357 666 336
(Tue-Fri / 12:00-15:00)

Publikums­orchester / Audience Orchestra

In the Publikumsorchester, dedicated non-professionals of all ages come together to share their love for music. The requirements for participation include an intermediate level of playing, confidence in reading music and some orchestral experience.

The Publikumsorchester performs twice a year in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall. Michael Petermann, the Director of the Hamburger Konservatorium, conducts the orchestra.

Rehearsal day & time: Wednesdays, 19:15–21:45
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 4 September 2019
First spring rehearsal: 12 February 2020 (announcement and registration for open positions from 9 December 2019)

Supported by Aurubis AG
In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium

Find out more about the Audience Orchestra on the Elbphilharmonie Blog

Autumn Registration

Registration is no longer possible.

Familien­orchester / Family Orchestra

The Familienorchester (Family Orchestra) brings generations together: children, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Music is made once a week with one another – each as best he can.

An equally warm welcome awaits if you come by yourself – fun comes first in the Familienorchester. Here, too, there are weekly rehearsals for a concert in the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall, but the pieces are specially arranged so that beginners can also join in. Christine Philippsen from the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg is the Artistic Director of the Familienorchester.

Rehearsal day & time: Tuesdays, 18:00–19:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First rehearsal: 3 September 2019

Supported by the Stiftung Elbphilharmonie
In cooperation with the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg

Family Orchestra


Currently no registration possible.

Kreativorchester / Creative Orchestra

All beginnings are easy. Even the people who have not yet mastered an instrument or do not have time to play every week are invited to join the Kreativorchester (Creative Orchestra) and draw on a wide range of experience. Here, no limits are set on your imagination and creativity: different methods of improvisation, pattern- and groove-based music, using one's own body and kitchen utensils as musical instruments, and, of course, classical instruments are tested and developed.

Rehearsal day & time: Thursdays, 18:00–20:00
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 5 September 2019
First spring rehearsal: 6 February 2020 (registration starts 9 December 2019)

Supported by the Stiftung Elbphilharmonie


Autumn Registration

Registration no longer possible.

Monthly participation fee: €10

Gamelan Ensemble I

for beginners

With the Gamelan Ensemble, the Elbphilharmonie brings south-eastern Asia to Hamburg. Invented on the islands of Java and Bali, the exotic sounds of the gongs and drums continue to captivate Western ears to this day. This special music makes it own appearance at the Elbphilharmonie: participants learn how to play on a unique, 70-year-old set of gamelan instruments, under the professional guidance of the experienced musician Steven Tanoto. During rehearsals, focus is placed more on collective harmony than individual performance.

Rehearsal day & time: Mondays, 16:30–18:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 2 September 2019| Final presentation: 8 February 2020
First spring rehearsal: 10 February 2020 (registration from 9 December 2019) | Final presentation: 21 June 2020

Gamelan Ensemble II

for intermediates

This course is offered to intermediate players who have previously taken part in the Gamelan Ensemble at the Elbphilharmonie.

Rehearsal day & time: Mondays, 18:30–20:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First spring rehearsal: 2 September 2019
First autumn rehearsal: 10 February 2020 (registration from 9 December 2019)


Spring Registration

Registration from 9 December 2019.

Monthly participation fee: €10