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2021/22 Season

It’s really starting again! From international orchestras to the major stars of the classical music scene, from world music artists to top jazz and pop acts – everyone is excited about performing live in front of an audience again. The new season has something for everyone: from exciting »Reflektor« weekends with Max Richter, Anoushka Shankar and John Zorn to composer spotlights and festivals, and a long-awaited Elbphilharmonie debut by legendary conductor Zubin Mehta. What’s more, the Elbphilharmonie is celebrating its fifth birthday with a whole week of events in January 2022.

Composers in Focus

Hanns Eisler

26–28 November 2021 : Hanns Eisler

Hollywood and communism, workers’ songs and the twelve-tone technique: Hanns Eisler’s life and work combine the seemingly incompatible. The Elbphilharmonie dedicates a three-day spotlight to the composer – with the celebrated baritone Matthias Goerne playing a leading role.

Spotlight on Hanns Eisler
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Multiverse : Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen is known as a musical visionary with a genuine double talent as a conductor and composer. Over two seasons, »Multiverse« explores all the different facets of this versatile musical personality.

Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen
Leif Ove Andsnes

Mahler Chamber Orchestra : Leif Ove Andsnes plays Mozart

After their well-received »Beethoven Journey«, the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra head off on another (musical) journey together – this time to Vienna of 1785/86 with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Leif Ove Andsnes plays Mozart
Klaus Mäkelä

Oslo Philharmonic : Klaus Mäkelä conducts Sibelius

Often emotional, sometimes raw like Finland’s natural world and always abundant with melodies: over three concerts, the Oslo Philharmonic presents all seven of Jean Sibelius’s symphonies. The new, remarkably young chief conductor Klaus Mäkelä takes to the rostrum.

Klaus Mäkelä with the Oslo Philharmonic
Andris Nelsons

Boston Symphony Orchestra & Gewandhausorchester : Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss

Andris Nelsons is the music director of not one but two top orchestras: the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He returns to Hamburg on two weekends with both orchestras, performing programmes dedicated to the diverse work of Richard Strauss.

Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss
Daniel Barenboim

Staatskapelle Berlin : Daniel Barenboim conducts Schumann

Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin mark the Elbphilharmonie’s fifth birthday with a double guest performance in which they perform all four of Robert Schumann’s symphonies.

Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin


Max Richter & Yulia Mahr

7–10 October 2021 : Reflektor Max Richter & Yulia Mahr

Max Richter and Yulia Mahr, as the »Reflektor« guest artists, are given the keys to the Elbphilharmonie for a few days. The composer, pianist and producer is admired by a huge community of fans around the world for his minimalist soundscapes and condensed, trance-like piano pieces.

Reflektor Max Richter

4–7 November 2021 : Reflektor Anoushka Shankar

As the daughter of the famous sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar was perhaps born with a special talent. However, thanks to her versatility, she has long emancipated herself from the overpowering role model. For her »Reflektor« series, she and a number of long-standing musical companions take over the Elbphilharmonie programme for four whole days.

Reflektor Anoushka Shankar
John Zorn

17–20 March 2022 : Reflektor John Zorn

John Zorn is a creative powerhouse. Music wells out of him in a constant flow of creativity, with a broad spectrum from swinging jazz and primitive noise to the most delicate sounds, ranging in form from meticulously crafted compositions to completely free improvisation. Over four days, he now presents the major facets of his work.

Reflektor John Zorn

Artists in Focus

Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle is a true Elbphilharmonie fan and that’s why he is paying more than one visit to Hamburg in the 2021/22 season. He will be conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, in addition to »his« London Symphony Orchestra.

Sir Simon Rattle

Teodor Currentzis

In his energetic and radically subjective interpretations, Teodor Currentzis, the star conductor with Greek-Russian roots, explores boundaries and pushes beyond them. He returns Hamburg for seven concerts – both with the SWR Symphony Orchestra and with his musicAeterna ensembles.

Teodor Currentzis
Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall conducts Beethoven

Musicologist, early music icon and master of the viola da gamba – Jordi Savall returns to his roots and, with his original sound orchestra Le Concert des Nations, focuses on Beethoven’s symphonies.

Jordi Savall
Semyon Bychkov

Czech Philharmonic : Semyon Bychkov

Chief conductor Semyon Bychkov opens the Czech Philharmonic’s three-day residency with a work that has become a cultural symbol of Czech identity: Bedřich Smetana’s »Má vlast«. Works by Dvořák and Leoš Janáček’s »Glagolitic Mass« also promise memorable concert experiences.

Semyon Bychkov with the Czech Philharmonic
Zubin Mehta

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino : Zubin Mehta

At the Elbphilharmonie at last: the legendary Indian maestro gives two concerts with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The programmes feature works by Schubert, Bruckner and Mahler.

Zubin Mehta with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Florian Boesch

Portrait Florian Boesch

This season, a Portrait is dedicated to the Austrian bass-baritone Florian Boesch: two concerts are centred around the intimate genre of the song, and there will also be two opportunities to experience Boesch performing in opulent oratorios – including in Robert Schumann’s richly coloured but rarely performed »Paradise and the Peri«.

Portrait Florian Boesch

Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang has been making waves and winning awards for years with her extraordinary performances and breathtaking skill. So we’re thrilled that the acclaimed pianist is returning to Hamburg several times this season, accompanied by first-class orchestras.

Yuja Wang
Rudolf Buchbinder

28 & 29 September / 17 November 2021 : Rudolf Buchbinder plays Beethoven

Rudolf Buchbinder knows Beethoven’s scores like the back of his hand. Together with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the grand seigneur of the piano now performs all five piano concertos at the Elbphilharmonie. Pure musical enjoyment guaranteed!

Rudolf Buchbinder plays Beethoven
London Symphony Orchestra

Orchestras from all over the world

It is what the Elbphilharmonie was built for and it is still the experience that makes the biggest impression: great orchestras under the leading conductors of our time, performing only the best works from the rich repertoire at their disposal.

All orchestra concerts

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. The globally acclaimed Sylvain Cambreling has been the Symphoniker’s chief conductor since 2018.

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«, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this season.

View the »resonanzes« concert series
Paavo Järvi

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Always a sensation and performing three times in Hamburg this season – with chief conductor Paavo Järvi himself. We can also look forward to guest stars such as Diana Damrau and Janine Jansen.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Thomas Hengelbrock

Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble

Original sound from Gabrieli to Mozart: in four concerts, the amazing Balthasar Neumann Ensemble invite the audience to join them on a musical journey across Europe. The programme also features Bach’s famous Mass in B Minor.

Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble


26 July–29 August 2021 : Elbphilharmonie Summer

Even if no one can be sure how the weather will be, one thing is certain: this year it’s going to be a particularly long summer. Over the course of five weeks, the Elbphilharmonie is putting on a full and varied programme in a casual atmosphere and of the usual outstanding quality.

Elbphilharmonie Summer
Hélène Grimaud

10 August–5 September 2021 : Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

Castles, barns, stables and churches become concert halls for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. The festival, which takes place in 60 different venues in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Lower Saxony and southern Denmark, is dedicated to a different composer each year – and this time it’s Franz Schubert’s turn.

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

9–14 September 2021 : Harbour Front Sounds

Ever since it first opened its doors, the Elbphilharmonie has been a part of the Harbour Front Literature Festival. Since last season, »Harbour Front Sounds«, as a festival within a festival, has been exploring the special interrelationship between music and literature – this year with artists such as Carolin Emcke, Heinz Strunk and BAP front man Wolfgang Niedecken.

Harbour Front Sounds

9–17 January 2022 : 5 Years of Elbphilharmonie

Happy birthday, Elbphilharmonie! It’s now five years since Hamburg’s new landmark first opened its (concert hall) doors – time to celebrate! The guest list for the celebrations includes Sir Simon Rattle, Iveta Apkalna, Daniel Barenboim, Tabea Zimmermann and many more.

5 Years of Elbphilharmonie
Alan Gilbert

11–20 February 2022 : Age of Anxiety – An American Journey

The USA in the 20th century: hope and opportunity contrast with crisis and fear – a period W. H. Auden described as the »Age of Anxiety«. Featuring a variety of works by composers such as Bernstein, Ives and many others, this festival by NDR explores the cultural self-discovery of this era.

Age of Anxiety – An American Journey

11–17 April 2022 : Easter at the Elbphilharmonie

Packed as it is all year round, the Elbphilharmonie’s programme boasts even more concert highlights around Easter. As part of that, the Teodor Currentzis and his musicAeterna ensembles are performing not one but three concerts – they play works by Beethoven and Schnittke. And the Elbphilharmonie organ will also be called into action.

Go to festival

28 April–1 June 2022 : Hamburg International Music Festival

Each year, the Hamburg International Music Festival provides one last highlight in the concert calendar at the end of the season. In 2022 the theme is »nature«.

Hamburg International Music Festival


Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Andreas Hechenberger

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 Monteverdi’s »L’Orfeo« to Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s »Die Soldaten«.

Barbara Hannigan
Barbara Hannigan © Marco Borggreve

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.

Anna Prohaska
Anna Prohaska © Marco Borggreve

Early Music

In the halls of the Elbphilharmonie, 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.

Asmik Grigorian
Asmik Grigorian © Algirdas Bakas

Lieder and Song Recitals

Experience the great voices of our age: lieder singers and opera stars such as Asmik Grigorian, Jonas Kaufmann and Ian Bostridge present varied aria programmes and intimate recitals – always supported by the most experienced lieder accompanists and first-class ensembles.

Khatia Buniatishvili
Khatia Buniatishvili © Gavin Evans

Piano Recitals

Khatia Buniatishvili once called the piano a »symbol of musical solitude«. And, indeed, music hardly gets more focused than when a single individual sits at the keys of a grand piano. In the many piano recitals this season, Buniatishvili and her famous colleagues demonstrate how the sound can occasionally replace an entire orchestra.

Sol Gabetta & Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Sol Gabetta & Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Julia Wesely

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.

Isata Kanneh-Mason
Isata Kanneh-Mason © Robin Clewly

Young Artists

We present the big names of tomorrow: as always, the six »Rising Stars« can be experienced as part of the festival. In the popular series »Teatime Classics«, young artists guarantee a delightful Saturday afternoon. And the »Autumn Debuts« – varied morning concerts in the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall – are new this season.

Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna © Aiga Redamane


Along with the Elbphilharmonie itself, the organ in the Grand Hall is also celebrating its fifth birthday this season. Titular organist Iveta Apkalna marks the occasion with a special performance, and there are also concerts with Rising Star Thomas Ospital, Stephen Tharp and Naji Hakim.



»Europe or America?« The best answer to the question jazz fans love to debate is: Europe AND America. The USA is where you’ll find the origins of jazz – that’s where the source of the magic lies. Many of the great improvisors this season also come from the motherland of jazz.

Mariza © João Portugal

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.

Haiyti © Universal Music

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«, which has moved from the Resonanzraum in St. Pauli to 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. The »Far-Off Sounds« 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.

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