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Thomas Hengelbrock
Thomas Hengelbrock © Paul Schirnhofer
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester © Michael Zapf
Philippe Jaroussky
Philippe Jaroussky © Simon Fowler
Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Wiebke Lehmkuhl © Sound and Picturedesign
Pavol Breslik
Pavol Breslik © Anton Karpita
Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna © Nils Vilnis

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal

Elbphilharmonie Opening

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / Thomas Hengelbrock

This concert has already taken place!

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The time has finally come: the inauguration of the Elbphilharmonie! The celebratory opening concerts that mark the start of a three-week festival are in the very capable hands of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall.

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NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

NDR Chor

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Ensemble Praetorius

Kalev Kuljus oboe

Margret Köll harp

Thomas Bloch Ondes Martenot

Xie Ya-ou piano

Iveta Apkalna organ

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Wiebke Lehmkuhl alto

Philippe Jaroussky countertenor

Pavol Breslik tenor

Sir Bryn Terfel bass baritone

conductor Thomas Hengelbrock



Ludwig van Beethoven
Ouvertüre zu »Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus« op. 43

Begrüßung Olaf Scholz (Erster Bürgermeister der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg)

Grußwort Joachim Gauck (Bundespräsident der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Ouvertüre zu »Ruy Blas« op. 95

Festrede Jacques Herzog (Herzog & de Meuron)

Schlusswort Christoph Lieben-Seutter (Generalintendant Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle)

Johannes Brahms
Allegro con spirito aus: Sinfonie Nr. 2 D-Dur op. 73

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Eröffnungskonzert: »Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit«

Benjamin Britten
Pan aus: Sechs Metamorphosen nach Ovid op. 49

Henri Dutilleux
Appels, Echos und Prismes aus: Mystère de l'Instant

Emilio de' Cavaliere
Dalle piu alte sfere, aus: La Pellegrina

Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Photoptosis / Prélude für großes Orchester

Jacob Praetorius
Quam pulchra es / Motette für 5 Stimmen und Basso continuo

Rolf Liebermann

Giulio Caccini
Amarilli, mia bella, aus: Le nuove musiche

Olivier Messiaen
Finale aus: Turangalîla-Sinfonie für Klavier, Ondes Martenot und Orchester

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Richard Wagner
Vorspiel zu »Parsifal«

Wolfgang Rihm
Reminiszenz / Triptychon und Spruch in memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn / Uraufführung / Auftragswerk des NDR

Ludwig van Beethoven
Finale aus: Sinfonie Nr. 9 d-Moll op. 125

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Concert-Related Events

Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Enjoy the View


Between the old Kaispeicher and the new glass structure is the Plaza, a public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie. Tickets for concerts in the Grand and Recital Halls include a visit to the Plaza two hours before the start of the concert or event; all other visitors require a Plaza ticket.

More about the Plaza
Elbphilharmonie / Foyer Großer Saal

A Diverse Cuisine

Food & Drink

A total of six bars in the Grand Hall and Recital Hall foyers offer concertgoers a varied cuisine before the start of events and in the intervals. Restaurants, cafés, delis and further bars await visitors in the »Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie« and in »The Westin Hamburg« Hotel.

More about Food & Drink


Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Großer Saal

Heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the Grand Hall seats 2,000 guests in the »vineyard« style. The stage for artists and orchestras is situated at the centre of the concert hall and is surrounded by terraced seating.

  • Finding Your Seat

    All visitors enter the building via the main entrance. Admission takes place in the entrance foyer and is by concert ticket only. The »Tube«, an 82-metre-long, curved escalator, leads visitors up to the Plaza following admission.

    From the Plaza, access to the concert foyers is via stairs and lifts. The main cloakroom is situated on the 11th floor and the hall entrances are on floors 12, 13, 15 and 16. Please follow signs to the area in which your designated seat is located, as indicated on your ticket.

  • Seat Preview

    Are you curious to find out what kind of view of the stage different seats have? To help select your favourite seat, use your mouse to activate the representative seat views.

  • Coughing, Clapping, Chatting – Recommendations for Sensitive Acoustics

    A concert at the Elbphilharmonie is a unique experience for both audience and artists. Guests and musicians alike rave about the precise acoustics in the Grand Hall. You can hear every note, even from the highest balcony.

    Unfortunately, the opposite is also true: even presumably quiet noises from the audience are clearly audible in the entire hall. We therefore ask our visitors to take the following recommendations into consideration, because »Everything Can Be Heard Here«.

  • Cloakroom

    The main cloakroom of the Grand Hall is situated on the 11th floor, at the south and north side of the Elbphilharmonie.

    Baby carriages, wheeled walkers, walking-stick umbrellas, handbags larger than DIN A3 (42 cm x 30 cm) as well as sport bags, backpacks and suitcases must be checked in at the cloakroom. If required, wheeled walkers can be parked in the immediate vicinity of the hall entrances. Our front of house staff is happy to assist you in this regard.

    Cloakroom fee: €1.50

  • Getting Here

    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
    Platz der Deutschen Einheit
    20457 Hamburg

    The Elbphilharmonie can be easily reached by bus, underground, bicycle and ferry.

    Underground line U3: Baumwall (approx. 450 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

    Underground line U4: Überseequartier (approx. 950 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
    Bus 111: Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie) (approx. 150 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

    City bicycle (Stadtrad) stations: Am Baumwall and Am Kaiserkai / Großer Grasbrook
    There are sufficient bicycle stands available in front of the Elbphilharmonie.

    Ferry 72 (from Landungsbrücken pier): »Elbphilharmonie« pier

  • Parking

    There is limited parking available in the Elbphilharmonie and the HafenCity.

    Multistorey car park in the Elbphilharmonie (open 24/7, 435 parking spaces):
    Please note that visitors to the Elbphilharmonie should use the entrance marked »Elbphilharmonie«. The entrance »Elbphilharmonie Hotel« is reserved for »The Westin Hamburg« hotel guests.

    The car park operator APCOA offers a flat rate of €10.00 for four hours of parking. Every further hour or part thereof costs €5.00 as per the regular parking charge. The flat rate is only valid online and must be booked at least two hours in advance. Book the flat rate online at www.apcoa.de.

    APCOA answers frequently asked questions about advance booking here.

    Multistorey car park »Speicherstadt«: Am Sandtorkai 6, 20457 Hamburg (722 parking spaces, approx. 750 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

    Überseequartier underground car park: Überseeallee 3, 20457 Hamburg (420 parking spaces, approx. 850 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

  • Accessibility

    All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.

  • Arrival Time

    The Elbphilharmonie is a special building situated in a special place. Allow for plenty of time for getting to the Elbphilharmonie and the way to the concert area. We suggest first-time Elbphilharmonie visitors arrive at the main entrance 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event. Late seating is not guaranteed and latecomers may not be admitted to the concert hall.

    Concert tickets for the Grand and Recital Halls authorise a visit to the Plaza from two hours before the start of the concert or event. Visitors to the Kaistudios require a separate Plaza ticket to visit the Plaza.

    The foyers of the Grand and Recital Halls open their doors 90 minutes before the start of the concert or event. The bars in each foyer open simultaneously.

    Admission into the halls begins 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event; for events offering pre-concert talks, admission into the halls begins 60 minutes before the start of the concert.

  • Smoking Ban

    Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire premises of the Elbphilharmonie.

  • Photography and Video Recordings

    Photography is permitted at the Elbphilharmonie for private purposes only. Please respect the privacy of other visitors and help ensure an undisturbed concert experience for all guests and artists. Employees and artists may not be photographed.

    Photography, audio or video recordings of concerts and events are strictly prohibited.

    Event-related video recordings or photographs for editorial or commercial purposes must be authorised by the Press Office of the Elbphilharmonie.

Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall
Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall © Chris Lee