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­­­­27 August to 19 September 2022­Musikfest Berlin welcomes guests from Europe, America and Asia­From 27 August to 19 September 2022, Berlin’s concert season begins anew with the Musikfest Berlin, presented by the Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. More than 50 works by about 40 composers will be presented in 27 concerts, at the Philharmonie, its chamber music hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and the Kirche Am Hohenzollernplatz. A total of 33 orchestras, choirs and ensembles will perform with over 20 international soloists. The programme of Musikfest Berlin 2022 was published today and advance ticket sales have started (2 p.m.).

This year the Berliner Festspiele Orchestra Festival can welcome again international guest orchestras in its entirety. After a chamber music pre-evening on 27 August, Musikfest Berlin 2022 will open on 28 August with the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam and conductor Klaus Mäkelä. Also appearing from the Netherlands will be the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest with Lahav Shani.

From the United States The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Lisa Batiashvili as a soloist will be here as well as The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst; from Great Britain, John Eliot Gardiner with his Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique as well as Sir Simon Rattle with the London Symphony Orchestra; from Belgium, Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale Gent with its instrumental ensemble. From Italy, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia choir and orchestra will perform conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano with Igor Levit as soloist. The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig will return to the Musikfest Berlin after eight years with chief conductor Andris Nelsons. 

The festival programme presented with the international guests also includes the Berlin-based partner orchestras: the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Orchestra and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

In addition to works from the great repertoire — by Beethoven, Mahler, Sibelius and the early modernists of the 20th century — the orchestras will bring works by Florence Price and Willem Pijper to the Philharmonie that have not yet been presented in Berlin. Rarities by Ferruccio Busoni, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Morton Feldman to works by contemporary composers are on the programme: Thomas Adès (*1971), Gerald Barry (*1952), Sofia Gubaidulina (*1931), Clara Iannotta (*1983), Daniel Kidane (*1986), Liza Lim (*1966), Enno Poppe (*1969), Aribert Reimann (*1936), Wolfgang Rihm (*1952) and Kaija Saariaho (*1952). And in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Iannis Xenakis, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Ensemblekollektiv and the JACK Quartet will all be turning their attention to his music.

Apart from Lisa Batiashvili and Igor Levit the following soloists will also perform: Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Ilya Gringolts, Leonidas Kavakos, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Power, Jörg Widmann and the vocal soloists Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Lucy Crowe, Ann Hallenberg, Wolfgang Koch, Georg Nigl, Giovanni Sala and many others, Ekaterina Semenchuk and William Thomas. Magdalena Kožená and pianist Yefim Bronfman will give a recital together.

Finally, during its tour of Germany, the National Gugak Center from the Republic of Korea will present the tradition of the royal ritual ancestral music Jongmyo Jeryeak of the Joseon Dynasty, which has been cultivated for 600 years. The Confucian ceremony with instrumental and vocal music, dance and costumes was included in the Representative UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.

With the publication of the programme today, advance ticket sales for the Musikfest Berlin 2022 also begin.