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Festival opening with Kent Nagano

The Philharmonic State Orchestra and General Music Director Kent Nagano will open the digital edition of the Hamburg International Music Festival on May 6 with what is probably the most famous symphony of all: Beethoven's Fifth meets a world premiere by the Swiss composer William Blank. The soloists in this homage to Beethoven are cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and the principal clarinettist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Ottensamer. Read More...


Which instrument does Vera play?

"Ich spiele ..." is a new video series by the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, which presents an instrument quiz in a fast run through the orchestral instruments. How does each instrument sound like? What kind of noises and what musical associations does it provoke? Take a guess! The series was made possible with the kind support of the Freunde und Förderer of the Philharmonic. Read more...


Updated Information

Due to the current situation, no events with an audience will take place at the Hamburg State Opera until further notice; this also affects the concerts of the Philharmonic State Orchestra. Advance ticket sales therefore remain suspended. Stay up to date via this website, our newsletter or our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Kent Nagano on the current situation

Dear music lovers, dear audience, dear citizens of Hamburg, if our concerts, opera and ballet performances can unfortunately not take place as planned, we still continue to rehearse for you! The spirit of music only lives when it is shared with the audience, with you: our family. In the upcoming weeks we will conceive new digital formats and programs that we couldn't have realized in our regular schedule. We warmly invite you to join us. Stay well and safe, and stay connected!

Call for donations

The Philharmonic supports the call for donations for freelance musicians

Support for our freelance colleagues in this terrible crisis is a matter very dear to our hearts. The performance ban has meant that many freelance musicians are struggling to cover even their basic costs of living. Solidarity and team spirit is especially important to us in these times! Please help if you can and support the donation campaign! Read more...

Friends and Supporters

Close to the Orchestra

Members of the "Freundeskreis" are very close to the orchestra and get to enjoy rehearsal visits, meet and greets with experts and artists, as well as receiving invitations to exclusive events involving the orchestra. Read more...

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