George Benjamin's Universe

Multiverse George Benjamin

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An Evening of Chamber Music, Literature, Conversation and Wine

»Can we invite my good friend Kent Nagano?« That was Sir George Benjamin’s first wish for his personal concert at the Elbphilharmonie – politely packaged as a question, after all, he is not only an internationally celebrated composer and conductor, but first and foremost an English gentleman. Thus, Hamburg’s General Music Director Nagano will be involved when Benjamin invites the public into his personal universe. Like all Elbphilharmonie Artists in Residence, Benjamin will be given the key to the Recital Hall.

The multitalented Benjamin has put together a salon evening with his favourite chamber music pieces, powerful literature, personal conversations and his favourite wine from the Bourgogne, which is served during the interval. Close musical companions gather on stage, and Benjamin also takes to the piano himself. He has selected works by role models such as Gustav Mahler and his famous teacher Olivier Messiaen, and of course some of his own compositions as well.

This season, Sir George Benjamin is an Elbphilharmonie Portrait Artist, and his works are being performed in a number of concerts. He is also conducting the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Modern. All three of the operas he has composed can be seen performed in Hamburg this season, as concert versions at the Elbphilharmonie and in fullly staged productions at the Hamburg State Opera.


Sir George Benjamin talk, piano

Kent Nagano talk

Theresita Colloredo reading

Gyula Orendt baritone

Geneviève Strosser viola

Jan Larsen viola

Florent Boffard piano

Dorothee M. Kalbhenn moderation


Olivier Messiaen Le Courlis cendré / aus: Catalogue d'oiseaux George Benjamin Viola, Viola - Interval - Gustav Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen / aus: Rückert-Lieder Frédéric Chopin Barcarolle Fis-Dur op. 60 George Benjamin Shadowlines / Six Canonic Preludes for Piano

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Multiverse George Benjamin

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

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