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Classical Music from Germany - Selected Links

Here you will find the links that can be clearly assigned to classical music and musical theater. Links that concern several musical genres can be found on our general list of links to associations and institutions in German musical life.

Institutions and associations

Concert halls

  • Baden-Baden - Festspielhaus The second largest opera house in Europe opened in 1998 in Baden-Baden. The former station concourse in neoclassical style has been transformed into a festival hall with 2500 seats, in which concerts, ballets and operas take place.
  • Bamberg - Concert Hall The Bamberg Concert Hall, which opened in 1993, was designed as a modern event complex that offers space for all kinds of congresses and concerts. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has its main venue in the Joseph-Keilberth-Saal. The second largest concert organ in Europe, built by Georg Jann, is also located there.
  • Berlin - Konzerthaus The traditional Konzerthaus is located in the center of Berlin. With four concert halls, it is the main venue for the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. The concert hall, which was rebuilt after World War II, was built around 1820 according to a design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and is today one of the masterpieces of classicist architecture in Germany.
  • Berlin - Philharmonie The Berlin Philharmonie, built in the early 1960s by Hans Scharoun, is one of the most important concert halls in Berlin and home to the Berlin Philharmonic. The circus-like architecture with a pentagonal concert hall is striking. Thanks to the centrally placed stage, an equally good view of the events is possible from all sides.
  • Bielefeld - Rudolf-Oetker-Halle The Rudolf-Oetker-Halle dates back to 1930. It is not only home to the Bielefeld Philharmonic, but also a venue for meetings and congresses. It was designed according to the “The Ninth” design by the architects Tietmann & Haake: this concept is reflected in the nine-bay vestibule, which is supported by columns running over three floors.
  • Bremen - Die Glocke The “Glocke” concert hall, which presents a broad musical program, is located in the vicinity of the historic Bremen market square. From the outside, the building impresses with its Hanseatic gable facade, while the concert halls and foyer are designed in the Art Deco style of the 1920s.
  • Dortmund - Konzerthaus The Dortmund Konzerthaus is both the Philharmonie for the Westphalia region and the venue for the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra. The new building, opened in 2003, is a complex made of concrete, wood and glass facade bathed in many colors, whose large concert hall with a capacity of 1500 people is designed according to the latest room acoustics.
  • Düsseldorf - Tonhalle The Tonhalle Düsseldorf, which was originally designed as a planetarium by the architect Wilhelm Kreis in 1925, is a round hall made of brick with a green domed structure. The concert hall, located on the banks of the Rhine, is the main venue for the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra.
  • Essen - Philharmonie The Philharmonie Essen, the hundred year old hall of which was completely renovated in 2004, is today the largest concert and event hall in the Ruhr area. The modern concert hall in light wood with red and blue color accents holds around 2000 visitors and is the concert home of the Essen Philharmonic.
  • Frankfurt / Main - Alte Oper In the midst of modern business buildings, the Alte Oper, which was rebuilt in the late classicist style in 1981 after its destruction in World War II, characterizes Frankfurt city center. The former opera house is now an internationally important concert hall, in which events by renowned artists of all musical genres can be experienced every day.
  • Frankfurt / Oder - Concert hall "Carl Philip Emanuel Bach" The concert hall "C. P. E. Bach “on the banks of the Frankfurt Oder is a reconstruction of the former Franciscan Church, a brick building from the 13th century. It has served as a venue for events and concerts since 1967 and is the venue for the Brandenburg State Orchestra in Frankfurt.
  • Freiburg im Breisgau - Konzerthaus The concert hall in Freiburg opened in 1996 and has since been the headquarters of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg. In addition to a small amphitheater-like concert room, it houses a large hall which, thanks to modern stage technology, can be used as a variable venue for concerts, congresses and meetings.
  • Halle - Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle The Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle in the Saalestadt Halle was inaugurated in 1998 and is thus the first newly built congress and concert hall in the new federal states. The large hall serves as the main venue for the Halles Philharmonic State Orchestra. Since October 2000, the large concert organ built by Johannes Klais has enriched the repertoire.
  • Jena - Philharmonic in the Volkshaus The large concert hall of the Volkshaus in Jena, built in 1903, serves as the home of the Jena Philharmonic, but is also used as a space for concerts of other genres.
  • Kiel - Castle The Kiel Castle, formerly the most important Renaissance building in Schleswig-Holstein, was destroyed in 1944. In 1965 it was rebuilt as a cultural center with reminiscences of the former architecture. The large concert hall, which is reminiscent of baroque opera halls with its gold-plated tier and red seats, is, among other things, the main venue for the Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Cologne - Philharmonie In 1986 the Cologne Philharmonic was inaugurated, which is home to both the Gürzenich Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Events are held every day in the large hall, which is modeled on an amphitheater.
  • Leipzig - Gewandhaus The Gewandhausorchester, the oldest civil orchestra in Germany, took its name in the 18th century from its first venue, the exhibition hall of a cloth merchant. In 1981, the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, named after him, was given a modern concert hall, the appearance of which was shaped by the artist Sighard Gille with the largest contemporary ceiling fresco in Europe.
  • Lübeck - Music and Congress Hall The music and congress hall on the Lübeck Trave, called "MuK", was designed by Meinhardt von Gerkan and inaugurated in 1994. While the foyer can accommodate around 3500 visitors for pop concerts or congresses, the large concert hall, made of light wood, can accommodate around 1900 people and, thanks to its excellent acoustics, is not only the home of the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, but also the main venue of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
  • Munich - Gasteig The “Gasteig” cultural and educational center in Munich, which opened in 1985, is located in a large, multi-part brick building on the Isar. It houses numerous event institutes and concert halls such as the city library, the conservatory, the Blackbox or the Carl Orff Hall. The largest hall is the amphitheater-like Philharmonie: It holds over 2000 visitors and is home to the Munich Philharmonic.
  • Nuremberg - Meistersingerhalle Since its inauguration in 1963, the Meistersingerhalle with two halls and six conference rooms has been the largest venue in Nuremberg for concerts, conferences and galas. The multi-purpose hall in the Luitpoldhain park landscape is, among other things, the venue for the symphony concerts of the Nuremberg Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra.
  • Potsdam - Nikolaisaal The Nikolaisaal concert and event hall in Potsdam designed by Rudy Ricciotti was opened in 2000. The futuristic architecture of the large concert hall stands in exciting contrast to the baroque building. Concerts by the Potsdam Chamber Academy, the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt take place on a regular basis.
  • Stuttgart - Liederhalle The architecture of the Liederhalle in the center of Stuttgart goes back to the concept of Rolf Gutbrod and Adolf Abel and at the time of its completion in 1956 it was the first asymmetrical concert hall in the world. Today, the now expanded culture and congress hall with 20 conference rooms and five concert halls such as the Beethoven, Hegel or Mozart halls can accommodate up to 6,000 visitors.
  • Weimarhalle In 1999, the year of Weimar's City of Culture, was conceived by Gerkan Mark & ​​Partners congress center new Weimarhalle opened. The modern building made of concrete and cedar wood is located on an elevated terrace in the Schwanseepark. Concerts of various genres take place there regularly in the Great Hall, which is used as the main venue for the Weimar State Orchestra.


  • Bayreuth Festival Performances of Richard Wagner's operas at the historic venue
    Annually in July / August
  • Beethovenfest Bonn Works by Ludwig van Beethoven as well as annual changing themes
    Annually in September / October
  • Brandenburg Summer Concerts Concerts in castles and churches in the Mark Brandenburg
    Annually between June and September
  • German Mozart Festival Two-week Mozart festival at changing locations with a special focus on the composer
  • European Music Festival Stuttgart Choir and orchestral concerts, master classes and discussion concerts
    Annually in August / September
  • Festival for Vocal Music Leipzig International a cappella festival with vocal works of different styles
    Annually in April / May
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival Chamber and orchestral concerts at extraordinary venues, promotion of young talent
    Annually from June to September
  • Heidelberg Spring Chamber and orchestral concerts, master classes, lecture concerts, symposia
    Annually in March / April
  • Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International festival to promote young singers with an opera workshop and master classes
    Annually in June / July / August
  • Kissinger summer chamber and orchestral concerts with international artists
    Annually in June / July
  • Ludwigsburg Palace Festival International festival of music, literature, theater and dance
    Annually between June and September
  • MDR Musiksommer concerts from old to new music in various locations in eastern central Germany
    Annually from July to the beginning of September
  • Mozart Festival Würzburg Oldest Mozart Festival in Germany in the Würzburg Residence
    Annually in June
  • Munich Opera Festival Festival premieres, opera, ballet, recitals
    Annually in July
  • Musikfest Berlin Chamber and orchestral music, world premieres and premieres
    Annually in August / September
  • Music Festival Potsdam Orchestra and opera works, literature, cultural and historical program in the Sanssouci palace complex
    Annually in June
  • Oberstdorfer Musiksommer Classic festival in the Allgäu with master classes and concerts
    Annually in July / August
  • Rheingau Music Festival Largest privately financed music festival in Europe: classical, jazz, world music and cabaret
    Annually from the end of June to the end of August
  • Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and chamber music, choir and orchestra academy, master classes, children's days
    Annually in July and August
  • Schwetzingen Festival Music theater, concerts, world premieres and composer portraits
    Annually between April and June
  • Summer Music Days Hitzacker Ensemble and orchestral concerts, lectures, workshops, composition commissions, promotion of young talent
    Annually in July / August
  • STIMMEN-Festival Lörrach International festival for singing and choral music
    Annually in June / July

Trade journals and online offers

  • The orchestra Music education, music education, cultural financing, orchestra management, job market, reviews, news about concerts, competitions and conferences
    Published eleven times a year
  • Klassik.com classic portal: current reviews, event calendar, news radio, artist contacts, etc.
  • Klassikinfo Online magazine for classical music, with a focus on concerts and opera
  • Niusic Young online magazine for classical music and music culture
  • Operabase international opera portal: overview of music theaters, premieres, festivals, agencies etc.
  • VAN online magazine for classical music
    Published weekly