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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Concert Hall 5th Anniversary

30 Apr 2022
Breaking Waves, Elbphilharmonie, HafenCity
Architects: Herzog and de Meuron
Breaking Waves Elbphilharmonie Hamburg by DRIFT lighting
photo © Florian Holzherr
Breaking Waves Elbphilharmonie Hamburg by DRIFT

Updated 27 Mar + 11 January 2022

Elbphilharmonie, HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany

Architects: Herzog and de Meuron

As part of Elbphilharmonie’s 5th Anniversary celebrations, a spectacular light installation by the Amsterdam-based artist duo DRIFT will open the Hamburg International Music Festival. The kinetic installation Breaking Waves by the Dutch artist duo DRIFT, set to Thomas Adès’ Piano Concerto No. 2, will run at 23:00 on 28 April and from 29 April until 1 May, at 22:30 each day.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Concert Hall 5th Anniversary News

Hamburg’s landmark to be illuminated by spectacular light installation designed by studio drift

28 April – 1 May 2022 – Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
As part of Elbphilharmonie’s 5th Anniversary celebrations, a spectacular light installation by the Amsterdam-based artist duo DRIFT will open the Hamburg International Music Festival. The kinetic installation Breaking Waves by the Dutch artist duo DRIFT, set to Thomas Adès’ Piano Concerto No. 2, will run at 23:00 on 28 April and from 29 April until 1 May, at 22:30 each day.

Elbphilharmonie. DRIFT, Breaking Waves:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary
photo © Moka Studio

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie continues its 5th Anniversary celebrations in the spring with the light and sound installation Breaking Waves (28 April to 1 May 1), launching the 2022 Hamburg International Music Festival.

Breaking Waves to illuminate Hamburg’s landmark
Architecture and music, water and light – the magic of the Elbphilharmonie lies in the interplay between these elements. Surrounded by water on three sides, the concert hall rises like a glass wave in the Elbe River. Hundreds of illuminated drones will dance around the striking building and enhance the architecture in fascinating ways. When choreographing the drones around the Elbphilharmonie, the artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of DRIFT, founded in 2007, drew inspiration from the second movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Thomas Adès − an intoxicating work that combines jazz and contemporary idioms. Hamburg residents and visitors can experience the moving light artwork on the Elbphilharmonie for free from any location in which the western tip and the southern side of the building are clearly visible. The music can be accessed at www.elbphilharmonie.de while watching the light installation.

‘We want to depict the marvels that surround us in nature,’ explains Lonneke Gordijn. DRIFT delights art lovers around the world with moving sculptures that take up elements from nature, such as the structure of dandelion seeds or the movement of enormous flocks of birds. In Breaking Waves, a piece commissioned by the Elbphilharmonie to mark its fifth anniversary, the artist duo explores the movement of the water that surrounds the Elbphilharmonie and connects that to the sound waves inside the venue. The relationship between the building, the water and the music constitutes a key element in how the DRIFT artists aim to synchronise visitors with this special Hamburg landmark. ‘As humans we are admissible to waves in different ways, and can become one with the movement,’ says Gordijn.

Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General and Artistic Director of the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg says: ‘I’m really looking forward to this artistic work, which will bring the Elbphilharmonie to life in spectacular style. In the Elbphilharmonie, architecture and music come together in a particularly inspiring way. Breaking Waves takes this dynamic and transfers it to the building’s facade and is our birthday present to the people of Hamburg. The collaboration with DRIFT demonstrates once again the concert hall’s openness to and interest in other forms of art beyond music.’

Breaking Waves accentuates DRIFT’s mission of bringing art into public spaces so that it can reach a large and broad audience. The artists’ core objective is to create physical installations that allow the audience to experience and feel the art with all their senses.

Ralph Nauta says: ‘Art should be accessible to as many people as possible. That’s why we designed our installation for the public space. When we started working with the Elbphilharmonie, both sides immediately agreed that we should make the music that’s performed inside visible on the outside for people to experience.’

Breaking Waves was planned in close coordination with the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, which is dedicating a four-month solo exhibition to the artist duo. The exhibition is running until 8 May 2022 (DRIFT: Moments of Connection).

Hamburg International Music Festival
The seventh edition of the Hamburg International Music Festival will open with a performance of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio ‘The Creation’ on 28 April. In the weeks that follow, Hamburg will celebrate the diversity of music with a highly diverse programme dedicated to the theme of nature. Featuring renowned international artists and excellent concerts, this year’s festival includes performances by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Oslo Philharmonic as well as the Filarmonica della Scala Milan. As in previous years, Hamburg’s own orchestras will also be featured prominently. Overall, the programme includes 64 events till June 1.
www.musikfest-hamburg.de

5 years of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – bringing music to millions
In the short time since it opened, the Elbphilharmonie has far surpassed all expectations: the quality, frequency and diversity of the programme are without parallel anywhere around the world, and the unique building has a higher profile than any other new cultural building this century. The clearest indicator, however, is the 2.7 million concertgoers who attended more than 2,500 amazing concerts in the Elbphilharmonie’s two concert halls between the opening in January 2017 and the coronavirus closure in March 2020. With the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle welcoming 1.25 million visitors annually, Hamburg has tripled its number of concertgoers, and around 85 per cent of those visitors come from the metropolitan region. The number of subscribers has even quadrupled.

The Plaza viewing platform on the eighth floor, offering 360-degree panorama views, is already expecting its 15 millionth visitor this month. The Elbphilharmonie thereby overshadows even top German tourist destinations such as Neuschwanstein Castle. Since summer 2021, the Elbphilharmonie has also been able once again to build on the usual standard of expertly programmed concerts with top artists on a daily basis. And the diverse music education programme, one of the Elbphilharmonie’s core tasks, is also getting started again.

Hamburg, city of culture – highlights of the 2022 anniversary year
Breaking Waves and the International Music Festival are part of the anniversary programme of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Other upcoming music highlights include the ELBJAZZ Jazz Festival from June 3 to 4 in the middle of the port of Hamburg and the 100th anniversary of Kammermusikfreunde in Hamburg, the local association of chamber music lovers, on September 14. A little later, from 21 to 24 September will see the return of the legendary Reeperbahn Festival – Europe’s largest club festival and music industry gathering.

From 19 to 30 June, John Neumeier and his Hamburg Ballet will present the Hamburg Ballet Days. In the area of visual arts, highlights include the 2022 Triennial of Photography, alongside this spring’s DRIFT exhibition at the MK&G (till May 9). As part of the Triennial, twelve exhibitions across ten museums and exhibition halls will explore the theme of Currency from different angles from May 20 to September 18. More information about Hamburg and its tourist- and cultural-highlights www.hamburg-travel.com.

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About Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
The Elbphilharmonie is located on the western tip of HafenCity Hamburg, Europe’s largest urban development project. Situated directly on the River Elbe and surrounded by water on three sides, the building houses two concert halls, one large music education area, food & drink areas, the Westin Hamburg Hotel with 244 rooms, 45 private apartments as well as the publicly accessible Plaza, which offers a unique panoramic view of the city.

The Elbphilharmonie was designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. As a foundation, the architects used the Kaispeicher A, a traditional red-brick warehouse that was built between 1963 and 1966 and was used to store cocoa, tea and tobacco.

They then placed a new glass structure on top of this solid base. The bold, curved glass structure towers 110 metres into the sky. The Elbphilharmonie’s artistic programme is all about quality, diversity and breaking down genre boundaries. Fresh interpretations of classical masterpieces are just as important as the quest to explore contemporary music from various world regions, and the Elbphilharmonie also features some of the best jazz musicians on a regular basis.

About one third of the programme is put together by the in-house concert promoter, HamburgMusik, under General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter. In addition to the venue’s resident and partner orchestras ‒ the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Ensemble Resonanz, Symphoniker Hamburg and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra ‒ a number of private promoters also organise concerts in the Elbphilharmonie.

Speicherstadt view:
Speicherstadt view Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary
photo © Thies Ratzke

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie 5th Anniversary

GERMANY’S LANDMARK CONCERT HALL CELEBRATES TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT ON FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

• Hamburg’s concert audience trebled since the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in 2017
• Overnight stays in Hamburg increased by more than 15% between January 2017 and late 2019, prior to the pandemic
• Anniversary festival to feature concerts by Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

Today (Tuesday 11 January 2022) marks the 5th anniversary of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s world-renowned concert hall designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. The occasion will be celebrated with a gala concert as part of a nine-day anniversary festival. Over the past five years, the Elbphilharmonie has surpassed all expectations by attracting 3.3 million concertgoers and 14.5 million visitors to its Plaza viewing platform, at the same time transforming the image of an entire city. The number of concertgoers in Hamburg has trebled since 2017, earning Germany’s second city a global reputation as a leading city for culture and travel destination.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building Plaza:
Concert hall design by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron
photo © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie: 2017–2022

Since its 2017 opening by the former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the then Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz, the Elbphilharmonie has played host to most of the world’s finest orchestras alongside countless greats of classical music and other genres in more than 2,900 concerts – attracting 3.3 million concertgoers. With an annual combined audience figure of 1.25 million between the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle, the city of Hamburg’s concert audience has trebled over the past five years. Elbphilharmonie’s viewing platform, the Plaza, offering a 360-degree panoramic view of Hamburg and the River Elbe, has additionally attracted 14.5 million visitors to date – surpassing many of Germany’s top tourist destinations including the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

Five years of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg also stands for the emergence of Hamburg’s new identiy as a city of culture. Elbphilharmonie fulfills its destiny as a lighthouse that illuminates the city’s entire cultural landscape comprising more than 300 cultural institutions, including some 60 museums and 45 theatres. The share of international visitors to Hamburg’s largest museum Hamburger Kunsthalle has doubled between 2016 and 2019. According to an official cultural tourism survey in October 2019, overnight stays in Hamburg have increased by more than 15% between January 2017 and late 2019. For 22% of German overnight tourists who visited Hamburg for the first time, the primary purpose of travel was to attend an event at the Elbphilharmonie or to visit the Plaza viewing platform.

Hamburg’s Minister for Culture and Media, Dr. Carsten Brosda, said: ‘Hamburg has always been a great cultural city with a very long tradition. Thanks to the Elbphilharmonie with its inspiring architecture and its varied, high-quality programme, Hamburg’s image as a city of art and culture has become much more pronounced both nationally and internationally.’

Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General and Artistic Director of the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that, after a long period of uncertainty, the 5th anniversary concerts can actually take place with only a few cutbacks and in front of a full house. For me and my team, the week ahead will offer the opportunity to reflect on the exciting times we have shared since the opening and to celebrate with our many companions, friends and supporters the fact that the Elbphilharmonie has more than fulfilled the high expectations that were placed on it.’

Grand Hall:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Grossen Saal
photo © Michael Zapf

5th Anniversary Celebrations

For Elbphilharmonie’s 5th birthday gala concert (11 January 2022), the resident orchestra NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and its chief conductor Alan Gilbert will perform an all-contemporary programme of John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as Thomas Adès’ Piano Concerto featuring the work’s dedicatee Kirill Gerstein. The concert will be streamed live and available for play back for free to an worldwide audience on: www.elbphilharmonie.de The gala concert is at the heart of a nine-day anniversary festival (9–17 January 2022) that reflect the calibre and diversity of Elbphilharmonie’s programme with a line-up including Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Jordi Savall, Charles Lloyd, John Scofield: https://www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/5-years-elbphilharmonie.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building Grand Opening:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building Grand Opening
photo © Ralph Larmann

Spectacular Light Instillation by DRIFT

In cooperation with the Museum for Arts and Crafts Hamburg (MK&G), the Elbphilharmonie has commissioned the internationally renowned Dutch artist duo DRIFT to create an extraordinary light work for the Elbphilharmonie’s 5th anniversary. Entitled ‘Breaking Waves’, hundreds of illuminated drones flying above the River Elbe will be choreographed to Thomas Adès’s Piano Concerto, playfully bringing the façade of the concert hall to life.

‘Breaking Waves’ will be performed 28 April to 1 May 2022, kicking off the 2022 Hamburg International Music Festival. The light artwork complements MK&G’s major exhibition, ‘DRIFT: Moments of Connection’ (7 January – 8 May 2022), featuring three unique kinetic sculptures that transform a 350-square-metre gallery space into a sensual experience.
https://www.mkg-hamburg.de/en/exhibitions/drift

Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall Foyer:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building Grand Hall Foyer steps
photograph © Michael Zapf

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building Facts & Figures

• More than 14.5 million visitors to the Plaza viewing platform (04/11/2016–11/01/2022) and around 3.3 million concert guests (11/01/2017–11/01/2022) to date
• Over 2,900 concerts have been performed in the Elbphilharmonie to date (1,600 of these have taken place in the Grand Hall)
• More than 3,400 educational events, with almost 200,000 visitors/participants as well as 9,782 guided tours
• The longest concert lasted 9 hours: Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Organ Symphony No. 2 (Kevin Bowyer, organ) on 15 Sep 2019. The shortest concert lasted 30 minutes: the “Pepe & Speedy” twinkle concert on 4 Sep 2020 (as well as other dates).
• The most frequently performed works:
Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 (27 performances)
Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 Op. 95 ‘From the New World’ (26 performances)
Brahms, Symphony No. 1 Op. 68 (20 performances)
• The most frequently performed composers:
Beethoven: 486x; Mozart: 390x; Bach: 350x
• Between 11 January 2021 and early November 2021, the gastronomic establishments of the Elbphilharmonie served 200,785 pretzels, 25,251 glasses of Crémant, 255,215 one-litre bottles of white Burgundy wine, 23,795 glasses of Aperol Spritz and 7,443 glasses of Champagne Ruinart.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary
photo © Maxim Schulz

The Elbphilharmonie as a touristic hotspot and ‘cultural tourism amplifier’ (Survey to identify Hamburg’s guest potential in the area of cultural tourism, October 2019, excerpts)

• Overnight stays in Hamburg have increased by more than 15% between January 2017 and late 2019. Overnight stays by international guests have increased by 15.8%. This marked increase is partially owing to the Elbphilharmonie’s strong appeal.
• While Hamburg is primarily associated with its port (as stated by 25% of tourists surveyed), this is now directly followed by the Elbphilharmonie (23% of respondents).
• For 22% of German overnight tourists who visit Hamburg for the first time, the travel occasion is an Elbphilharmonie event or a visit to the Plaza viewing platform.
• International examples: 17% of Danish first-time guests come to Hamburg to attend a concert in the Elbphilharmonie, and for 16% the travel occasion is a visit to the Plaza. As regards tourists from Switzerland, 18% of overnight guests come to Hamburg for the first time to attend a concert in the Elbphilharmonie (repeat attendees: 21%). For one quarter of Swiss guests, the travel occasion is a visit to the Plaza.
• 75% of the Elbphilharmonie visitors also attended an opera production, 73% attended a drama/theatre play, 82% dance and ballet, 80% visited exhibitions and galleries and 58% visited museums during their stay in Hamburg.
• At the Hamburger Kunsthalle, for example, the city’s largest art museum, the share of visitors from abroad increased after the opening of the Elbphilharmonie from 11% in 2016 to 21% in 2019.

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Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall, HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany

Design: Herzog and de Meuron

CULTURAL CITY OF HAMBURG CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF ELBPHILHARMONIE

Grand Hall interior:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building Grand Hall interior
photograph © Michael Zapf

Hamburg Celebrates 5th Anniversary Of Elbphilharmonie

On 11 January 2022, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg celebrates five years since its grand opening. The concert hall has demonstrated night after night that the live music experience in a spectacular architectural setting can inspire everyone, while also transforming the image of an entire city.

With the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg has tripled its number of concertgoers and earned a global reputation as a distinguished city of culture. The anniversary will be celebrated with a nine-day festival from 9 to 17 January, a gala concert on the fifth birthday itself, and a monumental new light artwork by the Dutch artist duo DRIFT. Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under chief conductor Alan Gilbert are among the musicians to perform: https://www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/5-years-elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary
photo © Maxim Schulz

5 years of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building – bringing music to millions

In the short time since it opened, the Elbphilharmonie has surpassed all expectations: the quality, frequency and diversity of the programme are without parallel anywhere around the world, and the unique building has a higher profile than any other new cultural building this century. The clearest indicator, however, is the 2.7 million concertgoers who attended more than 2,500 amazing concerts in the Elbphilharmonie’s two concert halls between the opening in January 2017 and the coronavirus closure in March 2020. With the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle welcoming 1.25 million visitors annually, Hamburg has tripled its number of concertgoers, and around 85 per cent of those visitors come from the metropolitan region.

The number of subscribers has even quadrupled. The Plaza viewing platform on the eighth floor, offering 360-degree panorama views, is already expecting its 15 millionth visitor in March 2022. The Elbphilharmonie thereby overshadows even top German tourist destinations such as Neuschwanstein Castle. Since summer 2021, the Elbphilharmonie has also been able once again to build on the usual standard of expertly programmed concerts with top artists on a daily basis. And the diverse music education programme, one of the Elbphilharmonie’s core tasks, is also getting started again.

Grand Hall interior design:
Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall Grand Hall interior design
photo © Michael Zapf

First-class architecture for magical music experiences

What is the Elbphilharmonie’s unique appeal? The location and architecture are certainly key elements in its allure. The building is located in a historical part of the city between the port and the centre, and boasts a distinct and unmistakeable look. The brick base is solid and Hanseatic. On it sits a bold, glass, ship-like structure that was designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Elbphilharmonie is certainly striking. But it’s not showy. It’s impressive but not intimidating. It was designed for people. It arouses feelings of elation and a sense of community, it is both a place of pilgrimage and a home.

With a facade that always reflects the light differently, the building is a crowd puller of the first rank. On the inside, it is the Plaza that first casts a spell on visitors – from there all the other areas of the building can be explored. In the concert area, the foyers offer unexpected views and angles. Clear forms and high-quality, perfectly crafted materials heighten the senses and prepare the mind for exquisitely performed music.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Plaza:
Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall Plaza
photo © Iwan Baan

The Grand Hall is the heart of the Elbphilharmonie, and it makes every live concert an intensive communal experience. There is such a close connection between the stage and the audience that it’s impossible not to become completely engaged. The boundary between musicians and listeners becomes blurred, and a respectful feeling of community emerges.

This inspires the artists to perform at their best and helps the audience to intuitively understand the music. Questions regarding the genre being performed, and whether the composition is famous or unknown, contemporary or classical, fade to the background. As a result, the supposedly difficult repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries meet with an enthusiastic reception here. Those who experience music in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall always end up wanting more. They can’t get enough of the aural adventures and the intensity of the moment in this special venue – and are happy to trust the recommendations provided by the concert hall. The same is true of the atmosphere in the Recital Hall, which audiences also love.

The Elbphilharmonie allows visitors of all ages to actively take part in and shape musical activities beyond the traditional concert experience. This includes an extensive workshop programme for children and teenagers from all school years, school concerts, meet-the-artist sessions, pre-concert events, and a wealth of opportunities for individuals and families to playfully learn more about and immerse themselves in music. Five amateur ensembles offer residents of the city a chance to gather in the Elbphilharmonie to rehearse and give concerts – these also foster close bonds with the concert hall.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary
photo © Thies Rätzke

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary Week Events

Concerts, light art and more cultural highlights during the anniversary week

What better way to celebrate five years of the Elbphilharmonie than with a musical programme featuring the same variety and quality for which the concert hall is known? From 9 to 17 January 2022, some of the biggest names in music, including Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Jordi Savall, Charles Lloyd, John Scofield and many more, are on the guest list. These artists will perform contemporary music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Adès and Jörg Widmann as well as classical music by Jean Sibelius, Gustav Mahler and Robert Schumann. Tickets for the birthday concert on 11 January featuring the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the baton of Alan Gilbert will be given away by raffle. You can find further information about the festival programme at www.elbphilharmonie.de.

The Elbphilharmonie’s understanding of culture is not limited to sound – as demonstrated by a light artwork created by the internationally sought-after artist duo DRIFT to adorn the concert hall in spectacular style for its birthday. DRIFT was founded by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta in Amsterdam in 2007. Their works captivate and astonish through the use of original and unexpected light objects and their effects.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary
photo © Thies Rätzke

Immersive art, which has been increasingly influential in the world of art for many years now, seeks to dissolve the division between the art work and the observer, and make it possible to experience the work through all the senses. For the Elbphilharmonie’s fifth birthday, DRIFT promises a performative outdoor sculpture that creatively comments on the building as well as its surroundings and its inner life of music. The installation is funded by Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie + Laeiszhalle e.V. and realised in close coordination with the Museum for Arts and Crafts Hamburg (MKG), which is dedicating a four-month solo exhibition to the Dutch artist duo (»Drift: Moments of Connection«, 6 January to 8 May 2022).

Elbphilharmonie Plaza:
Plaza design by architects Herzog and de Meuron
photo © Iwan Baan

The light artwork at the Elbphilharmonie and the “Drift” exhibition at the MKG are but a few highlights inviting visitors to discover and experience Hamburg’s exciting cultural landscape during the Elbphilharmonie anniversary and the following weekend. Hamburg’s broad range of cultural offerings includes e.g. exhibitions such as Tom Sachs’ “Space Program” at the Deichtorhallen, live gigs in the clubs of St Pauli as well as countless stage productions – from theatre and musicals to opera and dance performances. Matching travel packages including accommodation, concert tickets for Elbphilharmonie and a 3-day Hamburg CARD can be booked online at www.hamburg-tourismus.de.

Schulkonzert Meute:
Schulkonzert Meute German concert hall
photo © Claudia Höhne

Hamburg – City of Culture

In the five years since the Elbphilharmonie first opened its doors, a new self-image has emerged in the cultural city of Hamburg. The city has a long and distinguished cultural tradition – and with the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, it now has a beacon that allows its diversity to shine far beyond the boundaries of the Hanseatic city. The Elbphilharmonie is a symbol for the special characteristics of Hamburg’s cultural landscape: open to everyone, uniting contrasts, creating connections. Cross-genre collaborations within the Hamburg scene and a variety of festivals ensure that culture is everywhere in the city, and can always be experienced in new and unexpected ways.

Plaza:
Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall Plaza
photo © Iwan Baan

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Rainbow:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building Rainbow
photo © Daniel Dittus

About Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building

Located in the middle of the Elbe River and surrounded on three sides by water, the building houses two concert halls, one large music education area, food & drink areas, the Westin Hamburg Hotel with 244 rooms, 45 private apartments and the publicly accessible Plaza, which offers unique panorama views of the whole city. The Elbphilharmonie was designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

The architects took the former Kaispeicher A, a tea, tobacco and cocoa warehouse built between 1963 and 1966, and placed a new glass structure on top of it – the boldly curving roof landscape reaches up 110 metres into the sky. The Elbphilharmonie stands on the western tip of HafenCity, Europe’s largest urban development project.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Building 5th Anniversary
photo © Maxim Schulz

Its artistic programme is all about quality, diversity and breaking down genre boundaries. Lively interpretations of classical masterpieces are just as important as the discovery of contemporary music from various cultures. The great stars of jazz are also a regular presence in the Elbphilharmonie. Around a third of the programme is organised by the in-house concert promoter, HamburgMusik, under General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter. Besides the venue’s resident and partner orchestras ‒ the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Symphoniker Hamburg and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra ‒ a number of private promoters also organise concerts in the Elbphilharmonie.

Grand Hall Foyer:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Grand Hall Foyer interior
photo © Michael Zapf

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