The 2023/24 season

Grand orchestral concerts and fine chamber music, brilliant artists, plus several festivals and thematic focuses – the concert season at the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle is once again bursting at the seams and has something for every taste, from early music to jazz and electronics. With Rebecca Saunders and György Kurtág, the focus is on two of the most exciting composers of our time. Many artists make multiple appearances in Hamburg or, like André Heller and Bill Frisell, create their own focal points in the programme. The already extensive world music programme will be complemented by a festival of Kurdish music. An overview by genre can be found in the list below.

Focus on Artists

François-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth

Curious, versatile and extremely charismatic: with his early music ensemble Les Siècles, French maestro François-Xavier Roth conducts both Mozart and Ligeti on two evenings, and with the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne he brings Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s spectacular music theatre drama »Die Soldaten« to the Elbphilharmonie.

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Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff is one of the best pianists of all time: always sovereign, uncompromising and tirelessly in search of artistic authenticity. In the 2023/24 season, he appears in Hamburg as a soloist with major orchestras, in solo recitals, as a chamber musician and as an ensemble leader – and presents the new generation of his own mentoring programme.

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Teodor Currentzis

Teodor Currentzis

Anyone who has experienced Teodor Currentzis in concert knows what it is like to be completely overwhelmed by sound and emotion. In his last season as chief conductor of the SWR Symphonieorchester, Currentzis presents Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 and Britten’s »War Requiem« at the Elbphilharmonie, two impressive musical memorials against war.

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Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

»Jakub Hrůša triggers the happiness hormones,« was the headline in the Hamburger Abendblatt at the beginning of 2023. This season, the sought-after Czech conductor will be a guest at the Elbphilharmonie three times with »his« Bamberger Symphoniker, and he will also conduct the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with star pianist Daniil Trifonov.

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Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell, one of the biggest names in the world of classical music, is coming to Hamburg! The US violinist and Grammy award winner celebrates his residency with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra with four very different programmes – from Brahms and Tchaikovsky to an extraordinary world premiere.

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Martynas Levickis

Martynas Levickis

Physical, expressive, melancholic, yet full of joy, and sometimes quite monstrous... This is how Martynas Levickis describes the instrument with which he causes a sensation worldwide: the accordion. This highly virtuoso, multi-award-winning artist can be experienced in four different and unusual constellations at the Elbphilharmonie.

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Orchestras from all around the world

This is what the Elbphilharmonie was built for, and this is still what makes the greatest impression: large orchestras led by leading conductors of our time, and on the programme only the best that the rich repertoire of music history has to offer.

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Spotlights & Festivals

Brandee Younger

Jazz Harp

Here the harp is not hidden at the back of the symphony orchestra, but at the front of a jazz band – as the main instrument between bass, drums and saxophone. A delightful combination: from which sometimes lyrical, sometimes chamber music-like, sometimes trendsetting electronic jazz sounds emerge.

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Víkingur Ólafsson

Bach’s famous variation set : Goldberg Variations

Bach’s »Goldberg Variations« are among the cornerstones of music history that can always be explored anew. This season, the Baroque variation masterpiece can be experienced in different instrumentations: twice on the modern grand piano, once on the harpsichord, but also performed by a string trio and a trio of saxophone, accordion and cello.

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Axelle Fanyo

26–31 January 2024 : Rising Stars

They are busy in the starting blocks of a world career: six exceptional young musicians, selected by the great concert halls of Europe, will perform at the Elbphilharmonie within one week. This time the spectrum ranges from the classical string quartet to the (electric) guitar.

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16–24 March 2024 : Reflektor André Heller

Art discovery traveller André Heller brings together musicians from all genres for his Reflektor festival and curates creative combinations. With Camilla Nylund and Angélique Kidjo, Jewish sacred music, the best from Vienna, songwriting legend Jimmy Webb and many more.

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René Jacobs

25 March–1 April 2024 : Easter Highlights

Exceptional artists and plenty of music for the soul from Bach to Bizet: the Easter holidays offer very special concert highlights with megastars of the classical music scene such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski and Réne Jacobs.

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23 April–2 June 2024 : Hamburg International Music Festival

Every year, the Hamburg International Music Festival brings together the big names in the local concert scene. The common thread is always a motto that is brought to life by Hamburg’s orchestras and top-class guests – »War and Peace« is the theme of the 2024 edition.

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14–30 August 2023 : Elbphilharmonie Summer

For two weeks in August, the »Elbphilharmonie Summer« festival promises its usual vibrant mix of musical treats: from large orchestras and jazz to a silent film accompanied by live music.

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Max Mutzke

15–23 September 2023 : 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.

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17–19 November 2023 : Kurdistan

The musical culture of Kurdistan, which spans Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, is wonderfully rich despite all the political and ethnic tensions in the region. The diversity of Kurdish music is now being celebrated over a long weekend, with singer Aynur among others.

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Bill Frisell

25–26 November 2023 : Reflektor Bill Frisell

With his natural and unmistakable guitar sound, Bill Frisell is one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 21st century. As a Native American artist, however, he also feels at home in folk music. At his curated festival, Frisell performs in various small ensembles, for example, in a duo alongside trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

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Focus on Composers

Rebecca Saunders

Portrait : Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders understands each of her works as an invitation to listen and to engage in new, unexpected things in the exciting interplay between sound and silence. Five concerts provide a fascinating insight into the work of this award-winning British composer. On stage: specialists such as the Ensemble Modern and the Arditti Quartet.

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György Kurtág

13–15 October 2023 : György Kurtág

For decades, György Kurtág has been writing music history as one of the greatest living composers. Over the course of this season, entirely different facets of his rich sound world can be experienced – from exciting chamber music miniatures to a semi-staged performance of his only opera »Fin de partie«.

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Igor Levit

2–10 February 2024 : Kosmos Bartók

Alan Gilbert and the NDR orchestras delve deeply into the work of the composer Béla Bartók, who knew how to combine tradition and modernity in such a unique way. The programme includes Bartók’s third piano concerto featuring Igor Levit as well as the opera »Bluebeard’s Castle«.

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Luigi Nono

13–15 March 2024 : Luigi Nono

Luigi Nono was one of the most influential composers of the post-war avantgarde. In 2024, the Italian would have celebrated his 100th birthday – a wonderful occasion to dedicate a special focus to his fascinating music. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and the NDR Vokalensemble, the musical experimenters from the SWR Experimentalstudio and the innovative Quatuor Diotima are part of the programme.

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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 2023/24 season.

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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.

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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 venerable Laeiszhalle, but it also performs at the Elbphilharmonie.

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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, once with composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher.

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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 Choir and Orchestra, founded by Thomas Hengelbrock, has set its sights this season on Brahms’s »A German Requiem«.

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Genres

Fatma Said
Fatma Said © James Bort

Opera in Concert

No, the Elbphilharmonie is not an opera house. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the ultimate in operatic delights here. The programme offers not only concertant performances – purely musical productions – but also fully staged operas with stage sets and costumes created especially for the Grand Hall.There are nine operas to experience in the 2023/24 season. The spectrum ranges from Purcell’s »Dido and Aeneas« and Offenbach’s »Orpheus in the Underworld« on New Year’s Eve to Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s »Die Soldaten«.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Julia Wesely

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.

Jean Rondeau
Jean Rondeau © Clement Vayssieres

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 historical performance ensembles and top soloists from around the world to come to Hamburg.

Anna Prohaska
Anna Prohaska © Marco Borggreve

Lieder and Song Recitals

Experience the great voices of our time: lieder singers and opera stars such as Anna Prohaska, Christian Gerhaher and Malcolm Martineau present varied aria programmes and intimate recitals – always supported by the most experienced lieder accompanists and first-class ensembles.

Lucas & Arthur Jussen
Lucas & Arthur Jussen © Marco Borggreve

Piano Recitals

For piano fans, the season begins and ends with Bach – and with the Icelandic star pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. Also appearing this season: Jan Lisiecki and Khatia Buniatishvili, Piotr Anderszewski and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Jussen brothers, Sir András Schiff and, for the first time with a solo evening at the Elbphilharmonie, superstar Lang Lang.

Quatuor Arod
Quatuor Arod © Julien Benhamou

Chamber Music

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

Samara Joy
Samara Joy © Meredith Truax

Young Artists

These artists have what it takes to become the big names of tomorrow. Every year, the major European concert halls select the most exciting young musicians for the »Rising Stars« and send them on tour. The »Teatime Classics« presents hand-picked young prize-winners in the Laeiszhalle Recital Hall.

Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna © Ģirts Raģelis

Organ

The Elbphilharmonie’s organ, which fits perfectly into the Grand Hall both visually and acoustically, has long since established itself as a fixed stop on the tour calendar of international concert organists. Four of them are taking their places at the manuals this season: up first is resident organist Iveta Apkalna, who appears in a trio alongside vocals and accordion with a musical programme that combines classical and folk music.

Brandee Younger
Brandee Younger © Erin O'Brien

Jazz

The jazz programme presents familiar guests such as Wolfgang Muthspiel, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Brad Mehldau, but also new facets such as a focus on the jazz harp with virtuosos like Brandee Younger and Edmar Castaneda. Jason Moran celebrates Duke Ellington’s 125th birthday with the hr-Bigband. An American all-star band celebrates the symphonic jazz of the great, recently deceased, saxophonist Wayne Shorter. And with Lakecia Benjamin and recent Grammy award-winner Samara Joy, there are two young, exciting female musicians from the USA to discover.

Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar © Anoushka Shankar

World Music

The world is sound: the acts in the »Around the World« series, for which sitar star Anoushka Shankar returns to Hamburg, take their own fresh, contemporary approach to tradition. The ensembles in »World Classical Music«, on the other hand, have dedicated themselves entirely to tradition – to the classical music of their respective countries. A three-day festival in November shines the spotlight on Kurdish music – its most famous representative in Europe, Aynur, will, of course, be appearing in concert.

Schorl3
Schorl3 © Michelle Jekel

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 »ePhil« series at the Elbphilharmonie. And in the Kaistudio, they unscramble the music of the future »below deck«.

kleinLAUT
kleinLAUT © Claudia Höhne

For Young and Old

The Elbphilharmonie has something to offer everyone – even the young: the »Twinkle Concerts« present imaginative productions from all over Europe. The »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.