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.

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.