The orch announced its new season this morning. Rattle will conduct a Beethoven cycle six times over as part of his heavy schedule of 64 concerts and 10 opera performances.
Three new conductors will make debuts – François-Xavier Roth, Juanjo Mena, Matthias Pintscher – and the American director/provocateur takes a stellar role.
Press summary below.
Information on the 2015/2016 Season
The Berliner Philharmoniker will present a total of 123 symphony concerts and 10 opera performances during the 2015/2016 season:
83 concerts in the Philharmonie with
32 different programmes
6 concert/semi-staged opera performances (2 programmes)
1 concert in the Waldbühne
35 concerts on tour
4 concerts at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden
4 opera performances at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden
Sir Simon Rattle will conduct 64 concerts and 10 opera performances with the Berliner
Philharmoniker, including 30 concerts and 6 opera performances in Berlin, plus 31 concerts on tour
as well as 4 opera performances and 4 concerts at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden.
Programming Highlights Beethoven and France
The focus of the season will be the cycle of the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, which
the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle will present twice in Berlin in October before taking
it on tour. The complete cycle will be performed in Vienna, Paris, New York and Tokyo, with single
concerts in Frankfurt am Main and Taipei.
Another emphasis, which will extend over the entire season, is French music from Lully to Boulez.
Along with Sir Simon Rattle, many of the guest conductors will also present French repertoire.
François-Xavier Roth (29/30 November, 1 December 2015), Juanjo Mena (26/27/28 May 2016) and
Matthias Pintscher (12/13 September 2015) will make their debuts conducting the Berliner
Philharmoniker during the 2015/2016 season.
The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation has again invited guest orchestras for the 2015/2016 season:
The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (Young German Philharmonic Orchestra), conducted by Jonathan
Nott (5 October 2015) and the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany) under
Sebastian Weigle (5 April 2016) will appear.
45 concerts will be presented in the Kammermusiksaal featuring soloists and ensembles, including
scholars from the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as guest artists and
ensembles. 14 chamber concerts will also be given in the Philharmonie, including 3 Late Night
concerts (16 January 2016, 20 February 2016, 4 June 2016), 5 organ concerts and piano recitals by
Krystian Zimerman (6 November 2015) and Maurizio Pollini (30 May 2016).
42 Lunch Concerts will be given in the Foyer of the Philharmonie on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm.
Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic
The series Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic continues in its fourth season with 4 concerts.
Artist in Residence
Theatre director Peter Sellars has been invited by the Berliner Philharmoniker to serve as Artist in
Residence during the 2015/2016 season. The director has maintained a close association with the
orchestra since 2010; in particular, their intense collaborations on the St Matthew and St John Passions
still evoke vivid memories. Peter Sellars will direct 3 productions of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Foundation during the coming season. Please see the attachment for a detailed biography and further
information on the concerts.