During the 2024/25 season, the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko focus on the core of their music-making – and at the same time broaden their view with inspiring partnerships and new themes.

Two resident artists were invited for multi-season collaborations, both of whom are connected to the Berliner Philharmoniker in a special way. The Artist in Residence is pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who stepped in spectacularly and accompanied the orchestra on its last Asian tour with Sir Simon Rattle in 2017. Wolfgang Rihm, Composer in Residence, is one of today’s most important composers and has been a regular presence in the orchestra’s concerts since 1977. The human element in music is the most important thing for him.

The third Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2025, entitled Paradise Lost?, revolves around nature – both its beauty and its destruction. This acutely relevant topic will also be explored in a variety of partnerships. In addition to the Berliner Philharmoniker, other Berlin orchestras will also appear, and there will be lectures by scientists and cooperative projects with the Futurium, the Naturkundemuseum (Museum of Natural History) and the Radialsystem.

In addition to exploring new horizons, the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor will continue their in-depth work on the great symphonic repertoire, with music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Antonin Dvořák and Gustav Mahler. The opening concert continues the focus on the 200th birthday of Anton Bruckner that began during the previous season. There will be two concerts with music by Sergei Rachmaninov which has been familiar to Kirill Petrenko since his childhood. This season’s opera production is Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a work that tells a profoundly sad story with wonderful music. Along with the core repertoire, Kirill Petrenko’s concerts would not be complete without new discoveries, including works by Miroslav Srnka, Sofia Gubaidulina and Wolfgang Rihm.

New inspiration can also be anticipated with this season’s debuts. The orchestra welcomes conductors Marin Alsop, Joana Mallwitz and Kazuki Yamada for the first time.

Also new is the series Ausklang (Finale), featuring short concerts that end with a get-together in the foyer.

The 20th year of Musikfest Berlin, which is presented by the Berliner Festspiele and the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, is characterized by innovation. The anniversary season, entitled Amériques, will focus on the two American continents and their culture.

The Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker will contribute to the Biennale with its own commissioned work. In addition, a new participatory project entitled Xberg & Du (Kreuzberg and You) begins in Berlin-Kreuzberg, in which young adults can present their own festival.

The major tour in November takes the orchestra, along with Kirill Petrenko and violinist Hilary Hahn, to the US, and includes a three-day residency at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The orchestra will play 128 concerts and opera performances, 50 of which will be conducted by the chief conductor. 22 concerts will be played during tours.

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