The history of music in Hamburg goes back to the 17th century, and Hamburg continues to play a major role in the global world of classical music. One of the world's leading opera houses, the Hamburg State Opera provides unparalleled music experiences, with both classic and modern interpretations. Whether traditional or contemporary – the Hanseatic city offers the perfect setting for every type of classical music. The beautiful Laeiszhalle, which due to its layout is ideally suited to classical concerts from the early romantic era, awaits audiences in close proximity to Johannes Brahms’ birthplace. A beacon for the city’s future in music, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is a delight to the ears, ensuring a truly unique sound experience. The Elbphilharmonie’s highly diverse programme includes works from the beginnings of polyphonic music just like exciting contemporary pieces. Hamburg’s ensembles, orchestras, choirs and soloists create unforgettable music events across the city, with venues ranging from a former WW2 bunker in St Pauli to historic churches and diverse open-air locations – ensuring that audiences can enjoy traditional and modern classic music to the full.