Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko travel to Shanghai for a week-long residency after successful Waldbühne concert

After an acclaimed and sold-out concert at the Waldbühne for an audience of 22,000, the Berliner Philharmoniker, together with their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and pianist Yuja Wang, will travel to Shanghai today for a six-day residency.

The residency includes four orchestra concerts at the Shanghai Grand Theatre with works by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel and Richard Wagner as part of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. Yuja Wang will be the soloist in Sergei Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. There are also seven chamber concerts throughout the city with various Philharmoniker ensembles, ranging from string quartets to brass ensembles. Education and outreach events include an open dress rehearsal, concert introductions, public masterclasses, school visits and encounters both with the China Shanghai International Arts Festival Youth Art Troupe and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. The Berliner Philharmoniker attach great importance to direct interaction with the musical and social life of Shanghai.

The Berliner Philharmoniker have visited China five times. The first visit was a tour under the direction of Herbert von Karajan in the autumn of 1979 – one of the first guest appearances by a foreign orchestra in China at the time. The orchestra returned 26 years later, in 2005, with Sir Simon Rattle. This concert tour was portrayed in the film Trip to Asia and seen by audiences worldwide. They travelled to China with Sir Simon Rattle on two further occasions, in 2011 and 2017, as part of the then chief conductor’s farewell tour of Asia. In 2018, Gustavo Dudamel led the orchestra on a tour of Asia, which once again included a stop in China.

You can find a list of the orchestral and chamber music concerts on our website. You can also follow the orchestra on our tour blog.