They’ve named Nikolaus Harnonourt an honorary member of the orchestra.
Under Karajan, he was never allowed to conduct.
Since 1991, he has given 90 performances with the orch in Berlin and Salzburg. Release follows.
Berliner Philharmoniker Confer Honorary Membership on Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Before the acoustic rehearsal at the Vienna Musikverein last Friday, 7 March 2014, the
Berliner Philharmoniker welcomed Nikolaus Harnoncourt as an honorary member of the
orchestra in an expression of their gratitude.
Since Nikolaus Harnoncourt‘s belated debut at the conductor’s desk of the Berliner
Philharmoniker in 1991, he and the orchestra have presented 29 programmes in 90 concerts
together in Berlin and at the Easter Festival in Salzburg during the past 23 years.
In a brief speech orchestra board member Peter Riegelbauer declared: “You have given us a
new perspective on the works of the great masters of the 18th and 19th centuries. You have
always aroused our curiosity about the stylistic realities beyond the scores. We are greatly
indebted to you.”