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Press Release: 365 days

11 January 2018: a spectacularly successful year

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Hamburg, 9 January 2018: The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg can look back on an impressive success story since its official opening a year ago. Some 850,000 people attended over 600 concerts, 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.

One year ago, on 11 January 2017, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie was officially opened with a concert to mark the occasion, attended by all the leading representatives of the state: President Joachim Gauck, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the Bundestag Nobert Lammert, and Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court. About a quarter of the guests invited had won their tickets in a raffle.

Since then, the building designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron has been an unprecedented success story. Some 850,000 people have attended over 600 concerts of great stylistic diversity, always committed to artistic excellence.

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. With many different festival formats and thematic emphases, as well as a number of world premieres, the programme design consistently met with a very positive resonance ...

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