Five great conductors of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


The next Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Petrenko, has big shoes to fill...

Sergiu Celibidache

Romanian-born and Berlin-trained Celibidache pursued an unusual career, largely due to his refusal to make commercial recordings. Since his death, numerous radio broadcasts have been issued.

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Wilhelm Furtwängler

One of the conducting giants of the first half of the 20th century, his life-long devotion to the music of Beethoven resulted in a series of legendary recordings.


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Sir Simon Rattle

Rattle became principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002, and is known for a repertoire ranging from Baroque music (often performed on period instruments) to the music of today.

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Claudio Abbado

During his illustrious career, the Italian conductor headed the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as leading La Scala, the Vienna State Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Herbert von Karajan

Karajan's conducting style emphasised beauty of sound, and from 1954 he created an instrument of great power and intensity in the Berlin Philharmonic, with well-developed rhythmic instincts. 

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