Events International Music Festival

International orchestras, choirs and solo artists from Hamburg and beyond join forces in this annual classical music festival.

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Hamburg International Music Festival

Music lovers can look forward to another edition of the Internationales Musik Festival Hamburg. Artists from Hamburg, Germany, Europe and the world join forces to perform concerts, ranging from all-time classics to contemporary compositions.

The 2018 edition of the festival opened with a performance of Beethoven’s 'Missa Solemnis' by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. Other highlights included the Verdi Requiem performed by the choir and orchestra of the Scala opera house in Milan, several arias by American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, and concerts of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Finally, there was the world premiere of Jan Dvořák’s Gothic opera 'Frankenstein'.

The programme also paid homage to the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most important post-war German composers. 

For further information and tickets, please visit the official Hamburg International Music Festival online.


Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 festival was ultimately canceled. However, the Elbphilharmonie is providing live streams throughout the crisis, including the 'opening night' concert for what would have been the festival.


Concerts take place at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, Kampnagel, Laeiszhalle, Deichtorhallen and Bille Kraftwerk.

International Music Festival

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