Konzerthaus Berlin

Learn more about what waits behind the beautiful facade of the Konzerthaus Berlin!

Konzerthaus Berlin offers you a wide-ranging program, from symphony concerts to chamber music, from musical theater productions to special children's concerts, from old to modern music.

Most of these concerts are given by our Konzerthausorchester, under the direction of its Chief Conductor Iván Fischer. But many well-known soloists and ensembles from around the world also come by invitation of the Konzerthaus to present themselves in Berlin. This season alone, we will be hosting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Musicaeterna, organist Cameron Carpenter, countertenor Max Emnuale Cencic, clarinetist Sabine Meyer, violist Nils Mönkemeyer, violinist Stefan Tetzlaff as well as conductors Wayne Marshall, Vladimir Jurowski, Teodor Currentzis, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Herbert Blomstedt.
 
Our beloved subscriptions – 12,000 subscriptions speaks for itself – offer series with highly-varied perspectives: from symphonic masterpieces to chamber music, solo recitals to ensembles, stars to newcomers, piano and string quartets to singing. But even without a subscription, we give you the chance to experience classical music in interesting combinations. Even our program themes traditionally offer a lot of opportunity for intensive listening and inspired exchanges. With our Hommage, we focus on one central person, our Musik-Marathon focuses on a composer, our Länderfestival highlights the music of one country, and with our Musikfest am Gendarmenmarkt, we go out into the community.
 
Bringing music close – this is our main goal. A series of unique concert formats gives you the opportunity to experience classical music in a non-confining way, such as with “Mittendrin – Right in the Middle” in which the audience is seated in the midst of the orchestra, “2 x hören – Hear it Twice” or during the Konzerthausorchester's Generalproben (dress rehearsals), which are open for a full hour just for you. In addition, moderation from the conductor's podium and family concerts in which you can participate and discover, belong to our range of music education. 
 
Because we are convinced: music moves and brings together!

Timeline

  • Französisches Komödienhaus (1776-1800)

    • 22.04.1776

      Opening of the Französisches Komödienhaus on Gendarmenmarkt by order of Frederick II; built by Johann Boumann and Georg Christian Unger.

      05.12.1786

      Reopening of the renovated building as the Nationaltheater.

      01.08.1787

      Renamed the Königliches Nationaltheater.

      19.05.1789

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart attends a performance of his opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio”.

      18.10.1796

      August Wilhelm Iffland becomes director of the Königliches Nationaltheater.

  • Nationaltheater (1802-1817)

    • 01.01.1802

      Inauguration of the new building built by Carl Gotthard Langhans.

      1804

      Friedrich Schiller attends several performances of his plays.

      18.06.1811

      August Wilhelm Iffland is appointed general director of the “Königliche Schauspiele”, which includes both the Nationaltheater and the Lindenoper.

  • Schauspielhaus (1821-1945)

    • 26.05.1821

      Grand opening of the new Schauspielhaus built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Goethe writes a prologue especially for this evening. His work “Iphigenia in Tauris” is performed, among other works.

      18.06.1821

      Premiere of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera “Der Freischütz”.

      27.11.1826

      Berlin premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “9th Symphony”.

      04.03.1829

      Guest performance of the violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini.

      15.05.1838

      Berlin premiere of Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s “Faust I”.

      13.04.1842

      Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy directs his incidental music to “Antigone” by Sophocles.

      18.01.1843

      Guest performance of the piano virtuoso Franz Liszt.

      07.01.1844

      Richard Wagner conducts his opera “The Flying Dutchman” during the Berlin premiere.

      1870-1894

      Theodor Fontane follows premieres and guest performances as a theatre critic. He writes 307 daily critiques, mainly for the “Vossische Zeitung”.

      1919

      Renamed as the Staatstheater.

      1934-1945

      Tenure of the artistic director Gustaf Gründgens.

      15.11.1941

      World premiere of Gerhart Hauptmann’s tragedy “Iphigenia in Delphi”.

      29.07.1944

      Last performance features Friedrich Schiller’s “The Robbers” before the theatre’s official closing.

      22.04.1945

      Last concert evening before the destruction of the theatre.

  • Konzerthaus

    • 1979-1984

      Reconstruction of the historical theatre as the Konzerthaus

      01.10.1984

      Reopening with a festive concert by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claus Peter Flor and Kurt Sanderling.

      01.01.1987

      Opening concert for the 750th anniversary of Berlin

      25.12.1989

      Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with an international orchestra and choir. Inspired by the fall of the Wall, he transforms the text of the final chorus into the “Ode to Freedom”.

      02.10.1990

      In a ceremony honouring German reunification, Kurt Masur conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

      1994

      The Berlin Symphony Orchestra officially receives the status of House Orchestra of the Konzerthaus Berlin following a Senate decision.

      2003

      Opening of the Werner Otto Hall. The conversion of the former orchestral rehearsal room was made possible by a generous donation from Werner Otto.

      2006

      The Berliner Symphony Orchestra becomes the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

      24.01.2012

      Festive event to mark the 300th birthday of Frederick II of Prussia.