­­Press Release 8 December 2022­­­
­­­­26 August to 19 September 2023­
Musikfest Berlin 2023: The First Highlights Have Been Announced and Ticket Sales Have Begun
The 2023 Musikfest Berlin will take place from 26 August to 19 September, hosted by Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Foundation Berliner Philharmoniker. Once again, this international orchestra festival will launch Berlin’s concert season with guest orchestras, ensembles and soloists from around the world as well as Berlin’s own major orchestras. Guests will include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, who will open the festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent and Münchner Philharmoniker. The programmes of these five concerts have been published on the website and ticket sales have begun. The complete programme will be announced in April 2023.­­­­
­­­­­The upcoming 19th edition of Musikfest Berlin will be opened by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the conduction of their honorary guest conductor Iván Fischer and will present orchestral songs by Jörg Widmann with soloist Michael Nagy and Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony on 26 August at the Philharmonie’s Main Hall.
Mahler’s Ninth Symphony will be performed by the London Symphony Orchestra on 28 August. The LSO will once more be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle before he will move on to his new position as Chief Conductor at Bayerisches Symphonieorchester at the beginning of the new season.
On 5 September, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons will travel to Berlin from the US. Their programme will feature American music by George Gershwin and the Los Angeles-based composer Julia Adolphe as well as Igor Stravinsky’s ballet music “Petrushka”.
Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony will be performed by the Latvian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Münchner Philharmoniker and Philharmonischer Chor München on 12 September. The featured soloists will be American star soprano Talise Trevigne and mezzo soprano Okka von der Damerau from Hamburg.
On 13 September, Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s opus magnum, the Mass in B minor. They will be joined by soloists Dorothee Mields, Margot Oitzinger, Alex Potter, Guy Cutting and Peter Kooij.

The programmes of these five concerts have been published on the website and ticket sales have begun. In the ticket shop, you will also find special Christmas offers for the purchase of tickets for the 2023 Musikfest Berlin.