The 2019 “International Music Festival Hamburg” gets underway Saturday (April 27-May 29, 2019) under the theme of “Identity” and featuring 52 concerts with 37 different programmes. International and national musicians including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud or Daniel Barenboim will perform numerous works from classical music, jazz, world music and pop. The Elbphilharmonie will stage most of the concerts.
Elbphilharmonie – focal point of festival
The International Music Festival was held biennially initially, but is now held every year. Since 2018, most concerts have been performed in the Elbphilharmonie’s two main halls and attracted a record 78,000 concertgoers last year. The Elbphilharmonie venue will again be the centre of attention this year and will stage 44 of 52 concerts.
Focal points and highlights
The Philharmonic State Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano will perform the opening concert on Saturday in the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall. The first week features two major piano recitals by Krystian Zimerman and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, a new Hanseatic oriental song programme by Derya Yıldırım and Ensemble Resonanz, Jason Moran’s large-scale jazz project on “The Music of Black America in Migration” and a dance piece by choreographer Sasha Waltz.
The Hungarian-Austrian György Ligeti (1923 – 2006), who taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg for 16 years, is considered an important composer. Three performances of his only opera “Le Grand Macabre” will likely prove just some of many highlights.