Concert Hall Berlin (German: Konzerthaus). (Photo: Sonja Gutschera/Leif Henrik Osthoff)

From the Berlin Court to Berlin Music Week

In 1741, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach became concert cembalist at the court of Friedrich II in Berlin. During this time he composed sonatas and concertos, and published his “Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments”.

The city of Berlin paid tribute to Bach by naming a school of music after him. There will be various concert programmes at Konzerthaus Berlin to celebrate the “300 Years of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach” jubilee year, including performances by the Berlin-based Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Old Values and New Paths
Berlin remains to be a musical city. The Berliner Philharmoniker, under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, are amongst the world’s finest. In total, Berlin is home to eight major symphony orchestras, including Staatskapelle Berlin, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Berlin’s many chamber ensembles, choirs and soloists boast a vast repertoire, often breaking new ground as they combine the modern with the well-tried or play at unusual locations in exciting collaborations.

Berlin is also a hot spot in terms of popular music. Its arenas are played by international stars, and genres are merged at various festivals, even allowing for classical concerts to be augmented by DJ sets. The musical year reaches its climax at the Berlin Music Week in early September.

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