A new sound and landmark at the gateway to the world: Magnificent Gala at the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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"The world is watching": This observation has rarely been as suitable as to the big event in Hamburg on the newly created stage. For ten years, music lovers and classical music fans from all over the world have been following the construction of the unique Elbphilharmonie on the western tip of harbor city Hamburg at the transition between the city and the port. Now the € 800 million complex, designed by the Swiss star architecture office Herzog & de Meuron, was dedicated in front of international prominence - a "house for all", which was surrounded by a spectacular light and color play during the opening concert and lit Germany's landmark of modern era.

Hamburg's mayor Olaf Scholz, world-renowned acoustics designer Yasuhisa Toyota, as well as a large number of guests of honour from the areas of culture and music, were present when for the inauguration of the Grand Hall the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, led by Thomas Hengelbrock, together with internationally acclaimed soloists like Philippe Jaroussky (France) and Camilla Tilling (Sweden) surprised with the highly anticipated opening concert. Already the first concert showed that the Elbphilharmonie - with regard to the sound as well as the program - will be among the best concert halls in the world.


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Release Date

12th January 2017 

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January 2027 
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Cost and licence free content for current reporting 
(courtesy of Hamburg Musik gGmbH)


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