Elbphilharmonie Hamburg giving away 1000 tickets for the opening concerts

The clock is ticking: on January 11 and 12, 2017 the new landmark of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will celebrate its splendid opening. Seats for the two opening concerts in the spectacular new concert hall on the River Elbe are highly coveted and not available on the free market. But the good news is: 1,000 exclusive tickets will be given away in a prize draw. Anyone who wants to be there when the first notes in public are played in the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, under principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, can register online for the prize draw from Monday, May 9, 2016: Simply visit

General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter is looking forward to the winners: »With this prize draw, the Elbphilharmonieshows from the start that it’s a concert hall for everyone. We want to celebrate the opening not only with invited guests, but also with the people for whom the Elbphilharmoniehas primarily been built: the citizens of Hamburg and music lovers from around the world.«

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Opening Concerts on January 11 and 12, 2017

The opening concerts on January 11 and 12, 2017 will be played by the resident NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, which will make its home in the Grand Hall. The programme will be the same on both nights, although the details remain a secret. Five international star singers will perform as guest soloists: Anja Harteros, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Philippe Jaroussky, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. The future resident organist Iveta Apkalna will also perform. A new piece written especially for the occasion by perhaps the most important living German composer, Wolfgang Rihm, will be played on both evenings: »Reminiszenz. Triptychon und Spruch in memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn (Reminiscence, Triptych and memorial address for Hans Henny Jahnn) for tenor and full orchestra«. Jonas Kaufmann will perform as soloist.

1,000 tickets for the opening concerts to be given away by prize draw – Registration online until July 7, 2016

The prize draw will be conducted via the web site, which goes live on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10 am. The site will remain online until the prize draw closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday, July 7.

Organised by the HamburgMusik gGmbH, the draw is for 900 tickets (450 x 2). A one-time interim draw on June 10 will determine the winners of the first 200 tickets from among the participants. Winners of the remaining 700 (350 x 2) tickets will be decided by a second draw after July 7.

Both draws will be random and supervised by a public notary. The winners will be notified in writing. Winners will not be able to choose between the two dates – January 11 and 12, 2017. Another 100 tickets will be given away worldwide by selected partners of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Registration is also possible by sending a postcard specifying the tag »Elbphilharmonie opening concerts prize draw« to HamburgMusik gGmbH, Dammtorwall 46, 20355 Hamburg, and must include entrants’ full name and address (and/or e-mail address).

Further information and the full terms and conditions for the prize draw are available from 10 am on Monday, May 9 on the web site:

Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to participate in the prize draw, with the exception of employees of the organiser, the company Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle Service GmbH, and any co-operating partners/agency partners and their relatives.

All decisions are final.

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