Musikfest Berlin

About the festival

The Berlin concert season is ushered in spectacularly in late summer by the Berliner Festspiele’s orchestra festival – run jointly with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. Top international orchestras, instrumental and choral ensembles and the great symphony orchestras of the city of Berlin together present an ambitious festival programme with a new thematic focus each year.

Alongside opera, theatre and cinema, the orchestra is one of the most complex, magnificent and varied “machines” that Western culture has developed to represent and create ideas and emotions. Today, the variety of different forms of orchestra is greater than ever, due to modern technologies and our intimate knowledge of historical practices of performance. This two-week festival is therefore not only devoted to the symphonic repertoire, but also especially to significant but seldom heard, forgotten or unusual works from the past, and equally interesting new works. The Musikfest Berlin sees itself as a forum for innovative artistic work by the great orchestras and ensembles on the international music scene.

In cooperation with the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker

Winrich Hopp
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Dr. Winrich Hopp

Winrich Hopp, born in Berlin in 1961, began by studying Music and then Musicology and Philosophy in Freiburg/Breisgau, where he completed his doctoral thesis on the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Posts have included press officer for the city of Dresden’s Cultural Department with responsibility for the Dresden Centre for Contemporary Music. In 1997 he was given responsibility for the production and dramaturgy of Bayerishe Rundfunk’s “musica viva” concert series and in 2002 he moved to the Kunststiftung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, joining the supervisory board. He has also been a board member of the Institute for New Music and Musical Education in Darmstadt and a founder member of the International Ensemble Modern Akademy in Frankfurt am Main. He has been Director of the ‘Musikfest Berlin’ for the Berliner Festspiele since 2006 and has also been Artistic Director of the “musica viva” concert series for Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich since 2011. Winrich Hopp is a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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