2022/23 Season

Epic orchestral concerts and delicate chamber music, enthralling composers, exhilarating conductors and virtuosic soloists in various different portrait series, with several festivals thrown in too – the concert season in the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle is once again bursting at the seams and has something to appeal to every taste, right through to jazz and pop. With some special highlights to spice up proceedings, including Afrofuturism, the music of the Sufis, the versatility of the mandolin and the celebrated singer Angélique Kidjo.

Spotlights

Die besten Orchester aus Übersee : The Americans

In the space of one week this summer, no less than three renowned US orchestras perform at the Elbphilharmonie: from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Cleveland, with San Francisco to follow. They will be accompanied by equally acclaimed soloists including Hélène Grimaud and Yuja Wang.

The Americans
Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (Christian Scott)

Focus : Afrofuturism

Space is the place! Afrofuturism emerged as the antithesis to »white« science fiction and as a vision of a »black« future in far-off worlds. Hip performers such as Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of Kemet follow in the footsteps of jazz guru Sun Ra.

Afrofuturism
Wolfgang Rihm

To his 70th birthday : Wolfgang Rihm

He is the most frequently performed contemporary German composer: Wolfgang Rihm. Back in March he is celebrated his 70th birthday – a fitting occasion for world-class ensembles like the Cleveland Orchestra and the Ensemble Modern to perform a selection of his works.

Wolfgang Rihm
Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike Marshall

Focus : Mandolin

From baroque to bluegrass – the mandolin can do it all! With star performers including Chris Thile, Caterina Lichtenberg and Avi Avital, the Elbphilharmonie shines a spotlight on this most versatile of instruments.

Focus Mandolin
Derwische

25–27 November 2022 : Sufi Festival

Trance and ecstasy at the Elbphilharmonie: a three-day festival dedicated to the fascinating culture of Sufism, from Pakistan to Morocco – complete with Persian love songs and dancing dervishes.

Sufi Festival
Raphaël Pichon

Raphaël Pichon & Ensemble Pygmalion : Routes to Bach

On the trail of the old master: In three concerts, the French ensemble Pygmalion and its principal conductor Raphaël Pichon explore Johann Sebastian Bach’s role models, his inspiration and the musical surroundings of the inimitable composer.

Wege zu Bach
Thomas Larcher

Portrait : Thomas Larcher

Emotional, existential, true to life: Thomas Larcher aims to »send the listener into another orbit« with his music. The Elbphilharmonie throws the spotlight on the work of the Austrian composer, with a portrait.

Portrait Thomas Larcher
Angélique Kidjo

9–12 March 2023 : Reflektor Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo has always brought the Elbphilharmonie to fever pitch in her past performances. Now the four-time Grammy award-winning singer is staging a festival of her own and bringing along several of the finest young singers from Africa with her.

Reflektor Angélique Kidjo
Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

Young top musicians getting ready for a big career : FAST LANE

FAST LANE is a new concert series at the Elbphilharmonie that promises to be full speed ahead. Featuring artists so artistically outstanding they leave the rest in their wake. There are six concerts to look forward to, each in a class of their own.

FAST LANE

Focus on artists

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen

Both his compositions and his performances at the podium of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester have been met with enormous enthusiasm. Now in this new season, Esa-Pekka Salonen continues his residency and makes guest appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic, among others.

Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen
Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki

Though only in his mid-twenties, he already ranks in the very top league of virtuosos: Pianist Jan Lisiecki is one of the outstanding artists of the young generation. In the Elbphilharmonie he performs some highlights in the piano repertoire.

Jan Lisiecki
Paavo Järvi

10–12 November 2022 : Paavo Järvi conducts Bruckner

Anton Bruckner’s symphonies are nothing short of overwhelming masterpieces for the ears. The Estonian star conductor Paavo Järvi performs no less than three of them, together with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, over the course of a long weekend.

Paavo Järvi conducts Bruckner
Barbara Hannigan

Portrait : Barbara Hannigan

As a soprano she takes her audience’s breath away. At the conductor’s podium she rouses exceptional symphonic experiences: The Canadian all-rounder Barbara Hannigan takes to the Elbphilharmonie stage four times this season.

Portrait Barbara Hannigan
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner to his 80th

The legendary conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner devotes his attention to the great milestones in music history at the Elbphilharmonie: Together with his special ensembles and the Concertbeouworkest Amsterdam, he presents Bach’s »Mass in B Minor« and all four Brahms symphonies.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Festivals

10 August–1 September 2022 : Elbphilharmonie Summer

For three weeks in August, the »Elbphilharmonie Sommer« festival promises its usual vibrant mix of musical treats: from jazz and soul to silent films with live music – and, by way of a finale, three top American orchestras in the space of a week.

Elbphilharmonie Summer
Tupoka Ogette

10–13 September 2022 : Harbour Front Sounds

At »Harbour Front Sounds«, the Elbphilharmonie and Harbour Front Literature Festival join forces to present programmes as musical as they are literary: with celebrated authors, new books and exceptional music.

Harbour Front Sounds

2–12 February 2023 : Elbphilharmonie Visions

Nowhere is contemporary music more at home than in a 21st century concert hall. With precisely this in mind, this season sees the very first »Elbphilharmonie Visions« festival take place. Nine days of brand new music that seduces, shocks and strikes right at the heart.

Elbphilharmonie Visions

28 April–7 June 2023 : Internationales Musikfest Hamburg: Liebe

Year after year, the »Internationale Musikfest Hamburg« brings all the forces at work in the local concert scene together. There is always a common thread, brought to life by local orchestras and first-rate guests. »Love« is the theme for this latest edition.

Hamburg International Music Festival
Vanessa Porter

23–28 January 2023 : Rising Stars

On the springboard to international careers: six exceptional young musicians, selected by Europe’s great concert halls, all perform in the Elbphilharmonie over one week.

Go to Rising Stars

Orchestras in Residence

Alan Gilbert

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

As the Elbphilharmonie’s resident orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra plays a key role in shaping the concert hall’s artistic profile. With its chief conductor Alan Gilbert, the orchestra continues with its focus on modern music in the 2021/22 season.

All NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra concerts
Kent Nagano

Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

What a workload: the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra gives around 250 opera and ballet performances in the State Opera House each year. On top of that, the 140 musicians also somehow find time for ten subscription concerts in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall, all of which are performed twice.

All Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra concerts
Sylvain Cambreling

Symphoniker Hamburg

As the city’s third major orchestra, the Symphoniker Hamburg make a vital contribution to the city’s musical offering with intelligently conceived and stirringly played concert programmes. The orchestra’s home is the tradition-steeped Laeiszhalle, but it also performs at the Elbphilharmonie. Together with principal conductor Sylvain Cambreling, the orchestra will celebrate its 65th anniversary in the 2022/23 season.

All Symphoniker Hamburg concerts
Ensemble Resonanz

Ensemble Resonanz

Thanks to their extraordinary enthusiasm and artistic quality, Ensemble Resonanz is regarded as one of the world’s leading string orchestras. As the Elbphilharmonie’s resident ensemble, it is proud to present the six-part concert series »resonanzen«.

View the »resonanzes« concert series
Paavo Järvi

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Always a sensation and performing three times in Hamburg this season – two times with chief conductor Paavo Järvi himself.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble / Thomas Hengelbrock

Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra

One of the stalwarts of musical life in Hamburg, and a leading light around the world for historical performance: the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, founded by Thomas Hengelbrock, has set its sights this season on Gluck’s opera »Orpheus« and Cherubini’s »Requiem«.

Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra

Genres

Jakub Józef Orliński
Jakub Józef Orliński © Jiyang Chen

Opera in Concert

No, the Elbphilharmonie is not an opera house. But the venue does have plenty to offer opera enthusiasts, and that in the genre’s purest form. The advantage of concert performances – purely musical productions – is that you can concentrate entirely on the music. The programme ranges from Händels »Alcina« and »Tolomeo« to Philip Glass' »Einstein on the Beach«.

Quatuor Diotima
Quatuor Diotima © Lyodoh Kaneko

Contemporary Music

The lively and diverse contemporary music scene has figured prominently in the Elbphilharmonie’s event calendar from the very beginning. And the full spectrum of contemporary music can be experienced again this season – from trios to large orchestral concerts.

Sébastien Daucé
Sébastien Daucé © Josep Molina

Early Music

In the halls of the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle, it’s not only the major symphonic repertoire that comes into its own. The full beauty of early music is also revealed here – another incentive for high-quality original sound ensembles and top soloists from around the world to come to Hamburg.

Fatma Said
Fatma Said © Felix Broede

Lieder and Song Recitals

Experience the great voices of our age: lieder singers and opera stars such as Cecilia Bartoli, Bejun Mehta and Fatma Said present varied aria programmes and intimate recitals – always supported by the most experienced lieder accompanists and first-class ensembles.

Beatrice Rana
Beatrice Rana © Simon Fowler

Piano Recitals

Beatrice Rana has been exalted by the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« newspaper not only to the rank of maestro, but above and beyond to that of »sovereign of the piano«. Just what is required for such a demanding programme of Chopin and Beethoven that the Italian pianist presents in Hamburg. As ever, a number of the world’s most illustrious pianists are drawn to the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle, including Mitsuko Uchida, Hélène Grimaud, Leif Ove Andsnes and the ingenious, self-willed Russian Grigory Sokolov.

Cuarteto Casals
Cuarteto Casals © David Ruano

Chamber Music

The recital halls in the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle are both perfect for chamber music and song recitals. In the intimate ambience of the recital halls, audiences get even closer to the artists and can follow the interaction on stage particularly well.

Jess Gillam
Jess Gillam © Robin Clewley

Young Artists

These artists have what it takes to become the big names of tomorrow. The most accomplished of them can be experienced in the new »Fast Lane« series in the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall, powering their way to the top, as it were. The 2021 vintage of »Rising Stars«, dashed by the pandemic, now finally gets the opportunity to perform in concert. The »Teatime Classics« series presents hand-picked young award winners in the Laeiszhalle Recital Hall.

Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna © Aiga Redamane

Organ

The Elbphilharmonie organ, perfectly integrated into the Grand Hall both visually and acoustically, has long since established itself as a permanent fixture on the tour calendar of international concert organists. Five of them are taking their place at the keyboards this season, led by the titular organist Iveta Apkalna who brings music from her Latvian homeland with her.

Sun Ra Arkestra
Sun Ra Arkestra

Jazz

There is a traditionally strong presence of prominent names in the US jazz world at the Elbphilharmonie. From the overdue house debut of the pianist Kenny Barron, to the reunion of four grandees who formed a short-lived supergroup in the mid-90s, to the groove guitar big shot John Scofield who fillets some gems of roots rock with the cutlery of jazz together with the »Yankee Go Home« quartet. Ravi Coltrane honours the music of his parents and the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra makes an appearance, while Wynton Marsalis honours us with his return.

DakhaBrakha
DakhaBrakha © Matthew B. Thompson

World Music

The world is sound: the acts performing in the »Around the World« series go to work with a fresh, contemporary approach to tradition. In contrast, the ensembles performing in the »World Classical Music« series have all devoted themselves to the respective classical traditions of their countries.

Erregung Öffentlicher Erregung
Erregung Öffentlicher Erregung © Rosanna Graf

Pop & Electronica

Pop and electronica also belong in a 21st-century concert hall. Hot Hamburg artists are given a stage in the »Made in Hamburg« series. Sound magicians, synthesizer gods and modular tinkerers continue to perform in the series »ePhil« at the Elbphilharmonie.

Twinkle Concert XS
Twinkle Concert XS © Claudia Höhne

For Young and Old

The Elbphilharmonie has something to offer even the youngest visitor: the »Twinkle Concerts« – which are categorised by clothing size – present imaginative music-theatre productions from all over Europe. »Klangzeit« series is aimed at people with dementia and their families. And the Elbphilharmonie also puts on a range of events in cultural centres around the city.