The Konzerthaus Berlin (Berlin Concert House) stands on one of the most beautiful squares in the city - the Gendarmenmarkt in the Mitte district of Berlin. It was built as a playhouse between 1818 and 1821 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and is one of the masterpieces of neoclassical architecture in Germany. The house, like the square itself has a long and varied history - during its many renovations it has been a comedic theatre, a national theatre and a state theatre before having to be rebuilt after its destruction in the Second World War, opening once more as a concert house in 1984.
Carl Maria von Weber's "Der Freischütz" had its premiere in the concert house and the concerts by Paganini and Liszt were riotously celebrated. Richard Wagner conducted "The Flying Dutchman" here and it also saw the Berlin premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
The four venues - the Main Hall, the Small Hall, the Werner Otto Hall and the Music Club - are the accommodate around 550 performances each year. The Konzerthaus Berlin offers a widely diverse programme of symphonies, chamber music, musical theatre productions, children's concerts, early and contemporary music. The majority of these concerts are performed by the Concert House Orchestra itself under the direction of the Chief Conductor Iván Fischer. Many renowned soloists and ensembles from all over the world accept the invitation to present themselves in Berlin at the Konzerthaus.
Different season ticket programmes gather the diverse concert programme together into themes. Individual programmes offer the chance to focus on intensive listening and stimulating exchange. These include the 'hommages' which examine an influential personality in classical music, the composer marathons and the festivals of music from different countries. Bringing music closer - in surprising and unusual ways, is one of the essential concerns of the Konzerthaus. In the "Mittendrin" (In the Midst) series, the audience sits in the middle of the Concert House Orchestra, the "2 x Hören" (Listen Twice) series lets the public experience pieces in a completely new way and the orchestra's open rehearsals not only give a first taste of the programme, they also reveal the history of the pieces, as told by the conductor himself. Discussions from the conductor's stand and family concerts where you can join in and discover for yourself complement this extensive programme of musical outreach.