About Musikfest Berlin
Musikfest Berlin sees itself as a forum for the innovative creative work carried out by large-scale orchestras and ensembles in the genre of classical and modern music. It presents an ambitious festival programme with alternating focal points.
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 three-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 Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation