The International Music Festival Hamburg celebrated its crowning finale Wednesdsay (May 30, 2018) with sold-out performances in the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle. The third edition of the event attracted a record 78,000 guests at 62 concerts surpassing the 35,000 mark in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Over 40 concerts in Elbphilharmonie
The end of April marked the start of performances by several international soloists and ensembles in 41 different programmes as well as concerts by Hamburg’s three main orchestras and the Ensemble Resonanz under the theme of “Utopia”. The organizers, HamburgMusik gGmbH, NDR, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester, Staatsoper Hamburg, Symphoniker Hamburg, Konzertdirektion Dr. Rudolf Goette and Hamburgische Vereinigung von Freunden der Kammermusik expressed satisfaction with the huge increase in visitor numbers. This year, the music festival was held in the Elbphilharmonie for the first time. Other venues included Kampnagel, St. Katharinen Church, the Laeiszhalle, the resonanzraum St. Pauli, the Mehr! theatre at the wholesale market and the tin smelter Barmbek. Works by the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen formed the main focus of the festival.
Annual music festival in future
Originally designed as a biennal festival, the “Internationale Musikfest Hamburg” will be held annually in future. Next year’s festival will be held under the theme of “Identity” and will shine the spotlight on the Hungarian-Austrian contemporary classical music composer György Ligeti and other musicians from April 27-May 29, 2019. The detailed programme will be issued in November.