Hamburg will gain a new cultural and urban landmark with the Elbphilharmonie in HafenCity in January 2017
Hamburg’s prolific music scene is famous throughout Germany and beyond. The musical metropolis has been a hive of activity since the 17th century: the first opera house in Europe was opened here in 1678. The current music scene in Hamburg is highly diverse; the city is home to three professional orchestras, an opera house, notable soloists and ensembles, jazz, rock and pop musicians, composers, singer-songwriters, electronic experimenters and many renowned educational institutions.
The Elbphilharmonie with its impressive glass facade and wave-like rooftop rises up from the former Kaispeicher building on the western tip of the HafenCity. Accommodated inside are two concert halls, a hotel and residential apartments. Between the old warehouse and the glass structure is the Plaza – a public viewing area that extends around the whole building. For the first time ever, music can be heard here at the Grand Opening concert on 11 January 2017.