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Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma © Jason Bell
Kinan Azmeh
Kinan Azmeh

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal
Thu, 26 Jan 2017   20:00

Yo-Yo Ma & Friends

Elbphilharmonie Opening Festival

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»East meets West« is the title of the second concert in Yo-Yo Ma’s residency at the Elbphilharmonie, where the world-class cellist plays his way effortlessly across genre and national boundaries. Back in 1998 he founded the Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together artists, instruments and styles from along the historic Silk Road – a kind of pan-Asian all-star group. Among the artists is the Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh; like Ma, Azmeh studied classical music, but he also keeps the folk music of his native country alive, combining the two worlds to create new sounds. The two artists are joined here by Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Ashkar.

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Yo-Yo Ma violoncello

Kinan Azmeh clarinet

Saleem Ashkar piano

und als Gäste:

Maias Alyamani violin

Sousan Eskandar violin

Thaer Eid viola

Basilius Alawad violoncello

Robert Landfermann double bass

Bodek Janke percussion


Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite Nr. 5 c-Moll BWV 1011 für Violoncello solo

Kinan Azmeh
The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea

(Uraufführung / Auftrag der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg)


Johannes Brahms
Klarinettentrio a-Moll op. 114

Issam Rafea
For You

Kinan Azmeh
November 22nd


Concert Series

Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH

Supported by the Elbphilharmonie Foundation Hamburg

Concert-Related Events

Music of Strangers

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:45 / Abaton-Kino

The Music of Strangers / Dokumentary About Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble

The power of music overcomes cultural borders and connects people. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma fills this old wisdom with new life, together with his Silk Road Ensemble. Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries, the Silk Road Ensemble was formed by Yo-Yo Ma in 2000. He named it after the ancient trade route that connects Europe with Asia. US-American film director Morgan Neville has now made a documentary about this exceptional project. The film will be shown in Hamburg during Yo-Yo Ma’s time as Artist in Residence and during the Opening Festival of the Elbphilharmonie.

Grand Hall

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:00 / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal

Pre-Concert Talk

Learn more about the history and background of the evening’s music programme at the pre-concert talk (in German).

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.

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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.

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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«.

  • 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.

    »Elbphilharmonie« multistorey car park (open 24 hours a day, 433 parking spaces):
    Parking charge per hour: €4.50
    Daily rate: €50.00
    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 and the charge is €5.00 per hour.

    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.

Grand Hall
Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal © Michael Zapf

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