Watch the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie's 5th anniversary gala concert

Friday, January 14, 2022

All-contemporary programme features music by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Thomas Adès

Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the dramatic dock-side concert hall, marked its 5th anniversary this week with a gala concert, part of a nine-day festival celebrating the hall's impact on the city.

Over the past five years, 3.3 million attendees have watched concerts at the Elbphilharmonie, while 14.5 million have visited its Plaza viewing platform overlooking Hamburg's skyline. Overall, the venue says that Hamburg’s concert audience – when also taking into account the city’s Laeiszhalle – has trebled since the dramatic Herzog & de Meuron-designed building opened in 2017.

The concert is now available to watch for free: watch the resident NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and chief conductor Alan Gilbert perform an all-contemporary programme of music by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Thomas Adès – the latter’s Piano Concerto being performed by its dedicatee Kirill Gerstein.

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Thomas Adès’s Piano Concerto features again later in the year, as part of a light instillation by Dutch artist duo Drift. Entitled ‘Breaking Waves’, hundreds of illuminated drones will fly above the River Elbe, choreographed to Adès’s piece, and bringing the façade of the concert hall to life. Opening on April 28, it will launch the 2022 Hamburg International Music Festival. Click for details

Celebrating 5 successful years: the Elbphilharmonie's stage, set for the gala (Photo: Daniel Dittus)

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