The Berliner Philharmoniker will present 123 symphony concerts and 10 opera performances during the 2017/2018 season, including:

  • 89 concerts in the Philharmonie with
  • 34 different programmes
  • 7 concert opera performances in the Philharmonie, including 2 during symphony concerts
  • 1 concert in the Waldbühne
  • 30 concerts on tour
  • 5 concerts at the 2018 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden
  • 3 opera performances at the 2018 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

Sir Simon Rattle will conduct 52 concerts and 8 opera performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, including 22 concerts and 5 opera performances in Berlin. He will also conduct 27 concerts on tour as well as 3 opera performances and 3 concerts at the 2018 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden.

The 2017/2018 season will be Sir Simon Rattle’s last season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. His programmes will include highlights of his favourite concert and operatic repertoire. He will conduct performances of vocal works such as Wagner’s Parsifal, which will be presented both at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden and in Berlin, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri and Haydn’s The Creation. The series of farewell concerts would naturally not be complete without Peter Sellars, who will present his interpretation of Leoš Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen as final work in his series of collaborations with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The “Tapas” series – short symphonic works commissioned by Sir Simon and the orchestra – will conclude with compositions by Georg Friedrich Haas, Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Magnus Lindberg, Hans Abrahamsen, Andrew Norman and Jörg Widmann. In addition to these premieres, Sir Simon will again conduct works such as Stravinsky’s Petrushka, the Fourth Symphony by Johannes Brahms, the completed version of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 and, in his last concert as Chief Conductor in the Philharmonie, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, with which he made his debut with our orchestra in 1987. The soloists appearing with him will include close friends such as Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida and Krystian Zimerman. During the Late Night series Sir Simon Rattle will appear as pianist in Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The coming season will again feature appearances by guest conductors, who have also been asked to program some of their favourite music. Herbert Blomstedt will lead the orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3, Christian Thielemann will present Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and Bernard Haitink will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Seiji Ozawa will conduct Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Chief Conductor Designate Kirill Petrenko will bring the rarely performed Fourth Symphony by Franz Schmidt to Berlin. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Ton Koopman will conduct Johann Sebastian Bach’s B minor Mass at the end of October. Further programme details are available in our season brochure and on our website.

World and German Premieres
Seven world premieres and one German premiere are on the agenda for the coming season. Works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, Andrew Norman, Hans Abrahamsen and Magnus Lindberg will be presented for the first time in the Philharmonie during concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker. A work by the British composer Ryan Wigglesworth will have its German premiere. Details with dates and interpreters are available in our season preview and on our website.

Debuts by Conductors and Soloists
Alain Altinoglu (21/22/23 September 2017) and Dima Slobodeniouk (1/2/3 February 2018) will make their debuts conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker during the 2017/2018 season. Violinist Michael Barenboim will appear for the first time as soloist with the orchestra (15/16/17/18 February 2018), conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Artist in Residence
The British tenor Mark Padmore is Artist in Residence for the 2017/2018 season. He will be heard in 6 concert programmes, twice as soloist during a symphony concert (25, 27, 30 August and 3 September 2017 and in May 2018) and in 4 chamber music concerts (15 October 2017, 7 December 2017, 20 January 2018, 4 April 2018). In the concert on 20 January 2018 Mark Padmore will appear with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Pekka Kuusisto.

Guest Orchestras
The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation has again invited three guest orchestras to perform during the 2017/2018 season. The Waseda Symphony Orchestra Tokyo under Masahiko Tanaka appears on March 4 at 11 a. m. in Philharmonie. The Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany), which is supported by the Berliner Philharmoniker, appears on 10 April 2018 with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes under Thomas Neuhoff and Daniel Spaw. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (Young German Philharmonic Orchestra) will be heard on 20 March 2018 with cellist Steven Isserlis as soloist, conducted by David Afkham.

50 concerts will be presented in the Kammermusiksaal featuring ensembles and soloists from the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as guest artists and ensembles invited by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. In addition, 5 organ concerts will be given in the Philharmonie.
38 Lunch Concerts will be presented in the Foyer of the Philharmonie on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm during the 2017/2018 season.

The Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker
The Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker comprises a variety of concerts and projects which give children, young people and adults the opportunity to experience music, become actively involved themselves, meet the orchestra musicians and guests and create music while discovering their own artistic talents. The basic principle is: get involved, participate and try it out!
Thanks to the support of the Deutsche Bank over the past 15 years, the Philharmonie and the orchestra musicians have become a centre for learning which has an impact on all cultural and social segments of the community and is directed towards various age groups with different abilities and talents.

In Retrospect: The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation during Fiscal Year 2016
- 127 symphony concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, including 92 concerts in the Great Hall and 35 concerts during tours
- 36 concerts in the Kammermusiksaal
- 94% capacity in the Great Hall for internal events, which is equivalent to more than 206,000 paying patrons / tickets sold
- 75% capacity in the Kammermusiksaal for internal events, which is equivalent to 32,000 paying patrons / tickets sold
- 393 rentals of the Great Hall and Kammermusiksaal
- 63.6% self-financing level (coverage of expenditures through internal earnings)


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