Berlin Philharmonic
Berlin Philharmonic

Berlin Philharmonic

About Berlin Philharmonic

One of the elite orchestras on the world stage, the Berliner Philharmoniker -- also widely known as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra -- was founded in Imperial Germany in 1882. Hans von Bülow took over as conductor in 1887, raising the prestige of the organization. In the 20th century, they survived the loss of their venue and their conductor during World War II and went on the thrive under conductor Herbert von Karajan, who led the group from 1956 to 1989. Claudio Abbado took over from 1989 to 2002. In 2008, under the leadership of Simon Rattle, the orchestra established a Digital Concert Hall, which allowed audiences around the world to stream concerts either live or on demand. Kirill Petrenko became the Philharmoniker's tenth principal conductor in 2019. ~ Marcy Donelson

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