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Resident Orchestras

The Orchestras of the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle

Alongside the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, two other Hamburg orchestras and a chamber music ensemble make up the musical profile of the Elbphilharmonie.

Ensemble Resonanz

With its extraordinary enthusiasm and artistic quality, Ensemble Resonanz is one of the leading chamber orchestras worldwide. Since the ensemble was founded in 1994, its highly original programmes have spanned everything from the classical to the contemporary, often revealing surprising connections in the process. For its first season in the new concert hall, the ensemble has also devised an innovative concept called ≫Into the Unknown≪. In this series, the concert programmes are not revealed until the last minute. Apart from the residency, the ensemble’s home remains the resonanzraum in the Media Bunker on Feldstrasse, in the very heart of the St. Pauli district.

Opening Concert in the Recital Hall
»Into the Unkown«: Ensemble Resonanz’s concert series

Symphoniker Hamburg

Ever since it was founded in 1957, the Symphoniker Hamburg has been an orchestra for the whole of Hamburg. Its home has always been the distinguished Laeiszhalle, where it will continue as the resident orchestra even after the opening of the Elbphilharmonie. In the Laeiszhalle, the orchestra presents a number of popular subscription series and special concerts such as silent films with live accompaniment. The orchestra is directed by the world-famous conductor Jeffrey Tate. With the British maestro at the helm, the Symphoniker Hamburg has become an essential part of the city’s musical life, performing at the very highest level.

Symphoniker Hamburg’s Symphony Concerts
Symphoniker Hamburg’s VielHarmonie Concerts
Jeffrey Tate
Jeffrey Tate © J. Konrad Schmidt

Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

Hamburg’s oldest and busiest orchestra is the Philharmonic State Orchestra, which accompanies more than 200 opera and ballet performances each year at the State Opera House on Dammtorstrasse. It also organises the wonderful Philharmonic Concerts, which move from the Laeiszhalle to the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall in spring 2017. Kent Nagano has been Principal Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra and the General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera since summer 2015. He has made a name for himself as an expert on the great orchestral works of the 20th century. Nagano and his musicians can look back on a long and distinguished history: the Philharmonic opened the Laeiszhalle with a gala concert in 1908.

Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra’s Philharmonic Concerts

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg © Felix Broede