The city of Hamburg has taken over the Elbphilharmonie from Hochtief after construction lasting nine and a half years. The concert hall has been handed over to HamburgMusik and will be opened Friday as part of a closed event. The plaza will open for business from 9 am to midnight every day from Saturday (November 5th) when the restaurant and hotel officially open as well.
Great demand for tickets
Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “Hamburg has gained an impressive building with the Elbphilharmonie and the city’s architecture is already unthinkable without it. The architects, Herzog & de Meuron, and the builders, Hochtief, have created a unique building with the Elbphilharmonie. The architectural quality and that of construction is outstanding. The presale of tickets shows that the people of Hamburg and their guests are looking forward eagerly to the new concert hall.” HamburgMusik will stage concerts in the Elbphilharmonie from January 11 and 12, 2017. Yasuhisa Toyota, a Japanese star acoustician on over 50 projects worldwide, has already carried out tests in the Grand Hall. The first rehearsals have been successful and the acoustics made a great impression on everyone involved.