The year 2020 was to be a big Beethoven bash, in honour of the composer’s 250th birthday. Then came the pandemic. Now the standout events in Ludwig van Beethoven’s hometown are being rescheduled for 2021, However in the meantime thanks to a fantastic initiative by Berliner Philharmoniker you can now invite Beethoven into your living room! On your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Enjoy great video streamed concerts in high definition and with excellent sound. Each season, around 40 concerts are broadcasted live and they can also be viewed at a later date in the concert archive. The archive already contains hundreds of recordings with all the great artists of classical music. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films.
Registration in the Digital Concert Hall is free of charge, and allows you to access numerous interviews, our Education Programme films and and a playlist with chief conductor Kirill Petrenko which lets you try out the Digital Concert Hall without any obligation. A ticket or subscription gives you access to all live broadcasts and videos – as often as you like, on the device of your choice.
On 23 August 2019, at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, Kirill Petrenko took up his position as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert with Alban Berg’s Lulu Suite and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony received a standing ovation from the audiences. The election of the Russian conductor by the orchestra took place four years earlier. The orchestra’s decision was seen as surprising only in so far as Petrenko had previously presented no more than three concert programmes with the orchestra. However, these encounters in 2006, 2009 and 2012 had left an extremely deep impression on the Philharmoniker.