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World of Instruments

Trying out is strictly allowed! With musical instruments on offer ranging from violins and trombone to timpani and Indian Ghatam, immerse yourself in the World of Instruments’ diverse music workshops at the Elbphilharmonie.

Not Just for Kids

The experience of playing music with others is the focus of the World of Instruments – even for those without prior musical knowledge! Other creative courses such as »Klassiko Orchestra Instruments« and »Kosmos Percussion«, during which instruments from classical symphony orchestras and percussion instruments from the Caribbean and Asia can be tried out, are also found here. The World of Instruments is open to all age groups, from children and teenagers to adults.

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What makes the Elbphilharmonie World of Instruments so special? Which musical instrument was faced with the longest journey to join our collection and what is a gamelan orchestra?

Interview with the Head of the World of Instruments
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phone: +49 40 357 666 336
(Tue–Fri / 12:00–15:00)

Course/workshop language: German

Booking Information

  • Participation fee for all courses: €5.00
  • Children under the age of four may not participate.
  • Children under the age of six may participate when accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants require a ticket – even accompanying adults
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Klassiko Orchestra Instruments

For Children Aged 4 and Above, Teenagers and Adults

Many different families of musical instruments come together to form the classical symphony orchestra and each family has its own characteristics. In the »Klassiko Orchestra Instruments« workshop, professional musicians introduce the families and their instruments, are on hand to answer any questions about the orchestra and guide participants through the first steps of playing each instrument. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a love for string instruments, while a fellow participant finds he has a knack for woodwinds? Join the end-of-workshop jam to uncover whether all the contrasting musical families really do harmonise with one another.

Supported by the Hubertus Wald Stiftung

Duration: 60 minutes (ages 4+); 90 minutes (ages 6+/16+/adults)
Venue: Laeiszhalle Studio E (ages 4+); Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios (ages 6+/16+/adults)

Kosmos Percussion

For Children Aged 6 and Above, Teenagers and Adults

In this workshop, curious kids, teenagers and adults alike embark on a sound expedition around the world, from the Caribbean to India and beyond. Music is played everywhere and it always sounds different.

And because trying out is known to be more fun than mere listening, all featured percussion instruments that have travelled here from lands far away may be played by participants – under the guidance of professionals, of course. Previous knowledge is welcome, but not a requirement. After all, it’s about the rhythm played by all participants together developed along the journey, step by step, stroke by stroke.

Supported by the Stiftung Elbphilharmonie with funding from the Körber Foundation’s »ZukunftsMusik«

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios

Kosmos Gamelan

For Children Aged 10+, Teenagers and Adults

Kethuk, saron and bonang – these are some of the fine-sounding names of Indonesia's gamelan instruments: gongs, metallophones, drums and xylophones, flutes and also string instruments make up this remarkable ensemble, which already fascinated Debussy over a century ago. The sense of community is always at the centre of a gamelan performance. Basic melodies, variations and accompaniment merge into one many-layered whole: an exciting new musical experience.

Duration: 5 hours & 30 minutes (Workshops for Families); 7 hours (Workshops for Adults)
Venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios

Kosmos Organ

For Teenagers Aged 14+ and Adults

The Elbphilharmonie organ has a total of 4,765 pipes – so many that you may well get a bit confused sometimes. Luckily, organist Thomas Cornelius is on hand to explain the instrument's secrets and introduce the participants to the many timbres the organ has: firstly using a model, then on the real instrument in the Grand Hall.

Supported by the Stiftung Elbphilharmonie with funding from the Körber Foundation’s »ZukunftsMusik«

Duration: 2 hours & 30 minutes
Venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios and Grand Hall

Kreativ Composition

For Teenagers Aged 16+ and Adults

Music by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky is a hundred years old and more – and yet it remains extremely popular. This workshop explores the nuts and bolts of composition. With various sound experiments and improvisation techniques, the workshop participants get to grips with this exciting world and work on their own pieces.

Duration: 2 hours & 30 minutes
Venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios

Kreativ Modular Synthesizer

For Teenagers Aged 16+ and Adults

Electronic music, a sacrosanct mystery? This workshop offers the opportunity to find out how electronic sounds are produced – practically and using one's senses. No fewer than twelve synthesizers are available for participants to create sounds, tunes and noises. Together, they make up the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble, and join forces to produce a composition of their own under the guidance of experienced synthesizer specialist Gammon.

Duration: 7 hours
Venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios

Sound Mobile

For Children Aged 4 and Above, Teenagers and Adults

Vollgepackt bis unters Dach macht sich das Klingende Mobil auf den Weg zu Kindern und ihren Familien in ganz Hamburg. Auch Tagesmütter und -väter mit ihren Kleingruppen sind eingeladen, sich auf eine Klingende Schiffsreise zu begeben, um die wunderbare Welt der Musikinstrumente zu erforschen. Gemeinsam wird auf Holz- und Blechblasinstrumenten, einer Harfe, auf Geigen und sogar auf einem dicken Kontrabass gespielt.

Dauer: 60 Minuten
Ort: Stadtteilzentren in Hamburg