Creative Portrait Lera Auerbach

We are pleased to welcome Lera Auerbach to Gendarmenmarkt during our 2024/25 season.

With the 2024/25 season, we welcome the multi-award-winning composer and sculptor Lera Auerbach to the Konzerthaus for a residency, during which you will not only be able to discover in our concert halls orchestral and chamber music works created by her, but also experience her as a pianist with an ensemble of our musicians.

During our festival "Aus den Fugen", the Konzerthausorchester, cello soloist Kristina Reiko Cooper and the Kaunas State Choir under the direction of Joana Mallwitz will perform Lera Auerbach's 6th symphony "Vessels of Light" on November 17. The Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem commissioned the work to mark its 70th anniversary this year. ‘With Yiddish poetry, the art of Japanese Kintsugi, the mystical Shevirat ha-kelim (’breaking of the vessels‘) and the quiet words of the biblical Psalm 121, Auerbach weaves a multi-layered tapestry of words and music in one work,’ is how Auerbach's publisher describes the moving composition.

On January 17, Lera Auerbach will be the guest of presenter Christian Jost in the "2 x hören" ("Listen twice") series of talk concert with her twice played cello sonata op. 69. She herself will play the piano part, the cello soloist will be Frans Helmerson.

A work by Lera Auerbach is also embedded in our second festival "Projections": "Labyrinth" (2018), the orchestral version of which will be premiered by the KHO on February 14 under the direction of Joana Mallwitz. Inspired by Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and texts by Jorge Luis Borges, the composer sends listeners on a mysterious journey with a dream wanderer, during which they encounter a series of mythical creatures.

On February 15, a family concert for ages 7 and up combines Mussorgsky and Auerbach in an age-appropriate way. The portrait evening "Universum Lera Auerbach" introduces the audience to the artist and her multi-faceted talents, which extend across various genres.

Lera Auerbach joins members of the Konzerthausorchester, including 1st concertmaster Suyoen Kim, as pianist on March 14. The programme includes chamber music works for strings and piano by Mozart, Dvořák and Lera Auerbach.


A renaissance artist for modern times, Lera Auerbach is a widely recognized conductor, pianist, and composer. She is also an award-winning poet and an exhibited visual artist. All of her work is interconnected as part of a cohesive and comprehensive artistic worldview.

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    Auerbach’s exquisitely crafted, emotional, and boldly imaginative music reached global audiences. Orchestral collaborations include the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Munich’s Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Vienna’s ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester, among many others. Auerbach’s works for orchestra are performed by the world’s leading conductors, including Manfred Honeck, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Charles Dutoit, Andris Nelsons, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, and Marin Alsop, to mention only a few.

    During the 22-23 season, Lera Auerbach performed concerts with Hilary Hahn at Wigmore Hall in London and at the Boulez Saal in Berlin. She also conducted Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony with Enescu Philharmonic in the subscription series, as well as played and conducted Mozart’s Piano Concerto K466.

    Her 4th Violin Concerto “NYx: Fractured Dreams” was commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert and Leonidas Kavakos, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra premiered her symphonic poem Eve’s Lament with Marin Alsop.

    The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, was unveiled in Lithuania as part of the city’s Cultural Capital of Europe celebrations and received its American premiere at Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2023.

    In May 2023, Lera joined the ‘All – Stars line up’ project at the Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to the renown physicist, humanist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Andrei Sakharov, with such artistic partners as Maxim Vnegerov, Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Evgeny Kissin, Georgjis Osokins and the Emerson String Quartet in its farewell Carnegie Hall performance.

    Amare at the Hague presented a two-week Auerbach Festival in October 2023, including all aspects of her artistic offerings: conducting, piano performances, composition, poetry, and visual art.

    Further ‘23/’24 appearances are also including the Dresden Philharmonie, Hamburg Ballett and Italy tour with Orchestra Regionale della Toscana with debut in Florence and Milan.

    The ‘24/’25 season will see Lera partnering with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra in their subscription series, in Modena and Genoa additionally to solo piano recital debut in Rome, Italy, and to her first time collaboration with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Fort Myers at the Barbara B. Mann Center for the Performing Arts.


Four questions to Lera Auerbach

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For this event, you will not receive tickets through our webshop. You will therefore be redirected to an external page of the organizer. If you have any not completed bookings on, they will be dissolved after 20 minutes.