The board of directors of HamburgMusik gGmbH has extended director Christoph Lieben-Seutter’s contract by three years, the Ministry of Culture announced Tuesday (July 26th). His present contract is valid until mid 2018. According to the extension, it would expire at the close of the 2020/2021 season. Lieben-Seutter, who hails from Vienna, has been the director of the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle since 2007 and has been responsible for Elbphilharmonie concerts and those in the Laeiszhalle. He has also founded festivals such as lux aeterna“, greatest hits“ and the Hamburg International Music Festival. The first season at the Elbphilharmonie begins on January 11, 2017 with a concert by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.
Brosda: “Inviting the world to Hamburg”
The Elbphilharmonie opening and its aspiration to become one of the world’s best concert halls requires clear, conceptual handwriting, according to Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor with the Cultural Authority. The new hall should bring figures in the urban music scene together, and invite the world to Hamburg and be open to the entire city. Brosda added: “Christoph Lieben-Seutter symbolises these objectives and will set clear markers with his responsibility for the Elbphilharmonie’s opening programme. Hamburg and the music world can look forward to his further work.”
The overall positive response to the opening programme is wonderful confirmation for the entire team, said Lieben-Seutter. The online sale of tickets for the opening season began in June. “Now, the time has come to let the Elbphilharmonie launch glamorously”, he added.
President of the European Concert Hall Organisation
Christoph Lieben-Seutter was born in Vienna in 1964. In 1988, Alexander Pereira appointed him assistant director of the Wiener Konzerthaus and in 1991 he became operations director of the concert hall. In 1993, he moved to the Zurich Opera only to return to Vienna in 1996 and take over management of the Vienna Konzerthaus Society and the Modern Vienna Festival.
In addition to his work as director of Laeiszhalle and Elbphilharmonie and preparing the upcoming programme, Lieben-Seutter is also president of the European Concert Hall Organisation and is on the board of directors of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester or youth orchestra.