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.

Furthermore, it is very important to us to guarantee our audience an easy access to classical music, regardless of their education or social background, through our series of special concert formats: amongst others the critically acclaimed “Mittendrin”, where the musicians sit amidst the audience, the open rehearsals of the Konzerthausorchester, moderated by the respective conductor, the Mozart-Matinees with musical childcare or “2x hören ZEITGENÖSSISCH”.

The majority of the programs are played by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Every season it inspires its audience – among which sit 12.000 subscribers – with more than 100 concerts under the baton of honorary conductor Iván Fischer (Chief conductor 2012-2018), of first guest conductor Juraj Valčuha and in collaboration with numerous renowned guest conductors and soloists. From season 2019/20 Christoph Eschenbach will take over the position of Chief Conductor.


  • 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.


      Reopening of the renovated building as the Nationaltheater.


      Renamed the Königliches Nationaltheater.


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


      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.


      Friedrich Schiller attends several performances of his plays.


      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.


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


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


      Guest performance of the violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini.


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


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


      Guest performance of the piano virtuoso Franz Liszt.


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


      Theodor Fontane follows premieres and guest performances as a theatre critic. He writes approximately 700  critiques for the “Vossische Zeitung”.


      Renamed as the Staatstheater.


      Tenure of the artistic director Gustaf Gründgens.


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


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


      Last concert evening before the destruction of the theatre.

  • Konzerthaus

    • 1979-1984

      Reconstruction of the historical theatre as the Konzerthaus


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


      Opening concert for the 750th anniversary of Berlin


      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”.


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


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


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


      The Berliner Symphony Orchestra becomes the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.


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