The 20th of January 2024 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Claudio Abbado, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1989 to 2002. The Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding and Antoine Tamestit are dedicating the concerts on 18, 19 and 20 January 2024 to the memory of Claudio Abbado (1933-2014).

In many respects, it was a turning point when Claudio Abbado took up his post with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1989. In cross-seasonal themed programmes on Faust, Prometheus or Shakespeare, for example, he opened up unfamiliar perspectives on well-known works, and at the same time, inspired curiosity for discoveries. In addition to the programmatic innovations, Claudio Abbado represented music-making in the moment that affected both the orchestra and the audience directly.

Claudio Abbado was committed to supporting young musicians throughout his life as the founder of youth orchestras and as a mentor to outstanding young musicians. Both the conductor Daniel Harding, who became Abbado’s assistant with the Berliner Philharmoniker when he was just 20, and the soloist in this week’s concerts, the violist Antoine Tamestit, who played in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at a young age, also belong to the generation that was particularly influenced by Abbado’s work.

Thu 18.01.2024 20:00
Fri 19.01.2024 20:00
Sat 20.01.2024 19:00

Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko
Antoine Tamestit viola

Jörg Widmann Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in E flat major “Romantic” (version from 1878/80)