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Classical music & opera

Unforgettable sounds from traditional to modern

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.

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Internationales Musikfest Hamburg
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5. International Music Festival Hamburg

"Faith" is the motto of the 5th International Music Festival Hamburg, which will take place from 24 April to 25 May 2020. Following its four forerunners in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019, the music festival is thus once again setting course for an annual rhythm.

5. International Music Festival Hamburg

Internationales Musikfest Hamburg

Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1
20457 Hamburg

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Composers Quarter

The Hamburg Composers' Quarter is an association of various museums that offer exciting and interactive insights into the biographies of world-famous composers.

Composers Quarter

Komponisten-Quartier

Peterstraße 28
20355 Hamburg

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Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg has a new cultural landmark! The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall represents an unprecedented synthesis of the arts - architecture, music and the unique location in the middle of the Hamburg harbour. More than 2.6 million guests have already attended over 1,000 concerts.

Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

Platz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg

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Hamburgische Staatsoper

Visitors to Hamburg who are looking for high-class opera entertainment will be spoiled with grandiose performances in the time-honoured Hamburg State Opera.

Hamburgische Staatsoper

Hamburgische Staatsoper

Große Theaterstraße 25
20354 Hamburg

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Laeiszhalle

The magnificent, neo-baroque structure of the Laeiszhalle provides a wonderful ambience for an unforgettable evening of classical music, not to mention the jazz, pop and children's concerts.

Laeiszhalle

Laeiszhalle

Johannes-Brahms-Platz
20355 Hamburg

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Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival

Enjoy classical music at extraordinary locations at one of the largest festivals in the world in terms of area at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival

Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival


Schleswig-Holstein

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CITY OF MUSIC Discover the sound of Hamburg

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Top-class musicians and unforgettable sounds Hamburg’s orchestras & ensembles

Hamburg is not only the gateway to the international music world, but is also setting the bar with the city's orchestras at venues such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Laeiszhalle, and the Hamburg State Opera.

Hamburg’s orchestras & ensembles
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Exploring the city’s unique music scene with all your senses Hamburg’s music history

Hamburg’s vibrant music scene is deeply rooted in the history of the city. Institutions such as St Michael's Church, the Hamburg State Opera and the Laeiszhalle bear the splendour of many great composers, and their legacy still reverberates today.

Hamburg’s music history
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Theatre, Museums, Galleries & Music Culture & Music in Hamburg

Hamburg's cultural offers could hardly be more diverse: Countless theatres, museums and galleries, as well as the opera and a colourful clubbing scene make Hamburg a pure cultural pleasure.

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