Philharmonic concerts


On two occasions, Vienna found itself at the centre of the musical world: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven worked in the city in the years around 1800, producing masterpieces under the label of “Viennese Classicism”. A century later, the circle of composers associated with Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg and Arnold Schönberg continued to cultivate the musical legacy of the 19th century, while at the same time heralding the advent of Modernism. These two highlights of musical history made Vienna legendary. As former Music Director of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, our General Music Director Fabio Luisi has studied the musical tradition of the city closely, and chosen to make it the theme of this season. Our Philharmonic Concerts will focus on the works of Gustav Mahler, who was important as a role model in Viennese musical life around 1900 – not only as a composer, but also as a conductor and opera director. Taking the Second Viennese School as our point of departure, we shall look back on the First Viennese School, performing works by Haydn and Beethoven on the one hand, while anticipating the Modernist movement on the other. We will even be presenting a world première – a performance of Jean-Luc Darbellay’s Alphorn concerto. Furthermore, Fabio Luisi and our artist in residence, pianist Lise de la Salle, will continue their Rachmaninoff cycle and perform the composer’s third and fourth piano concertos. For our “Scintilla” concert, conductor Teodor Currentzis, who has already enjoyed considerable success at Zurich Opera House with Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Minsk”, but is also a baroque specialist, will assemble a suite of works by Jean-Philippe Rameau. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. As of this season, all concerts will be given at the Opera House.



This season’s Philharmonic Concerts will focus on great 19th- and 20th-century Russian composers, combining central works of the repertoire such as Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto or his Symphony No. 5 with seldom heard masterpieces like Dmitri Shostakovich’s large-scale 10th Symphony. Besides our General Music Director Fabio Luisi, who will conduct three of the seven evenings, the concerts – all of which will be given at the Opera House – will also showcase young conductors and solo instrumentalists on their way to really great careers. The Venezuelan Rafael Payare, for example, is one of the current shooting stars on the conducting scene, and the Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya, who lives in Hamburg, has stepped up to the world’s concert podiums since winning the prestigious “Reine Elisabeth” music competition in Brussels five years ago.

The Philharmonic Concerts are supported by Evelyn and Herbert Axelrod


  1. Mahler Beethoven

    1. Philharmonisches Konzert
    Diego Matheuz, Anna Stéphany, Philharmonia Zürich
    28.09.2014 - 20:00
  2. Mahler Vierte Sinfonie

    2. Philharmonisches Konzert
    Fabio Luisi, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Bartlomiej Niziol, Philharmonia Zürich
    25.10.2014 - 19:00
  3. Rhapsody in Blue - ein Abend mit Musik aus Amerika

    Philharmonisches Konzert
    Julie Fuchs, Benjamin Bernheim, Sebastian Knauer, Philharmonia Zürich
    31.10.2014 - 19:00
  4. Das Lied von der Erde

    3. Philharmonisches Konzert
    Cornelius Meister, Elisabeth Kulman, Stuart Skelton, Philharmonia Zürich
    14.12.2014 - 19:30
  5. Mahler / Rachmaninow

    4. Philharmonisches Konzert
    Fabio Luisi, Lise de la Salle, Philharmonia Zürich
    18.01.2015 - 20:00
  6. Mahler Sechste Sinfonie

    5. Philharmonisches Konzert
    Alain Altinoglu, Philharmonia Zürich
    22.03.2015 - 19:30
  7. Rameau

    6. Philharmonisches Konzert
    Teodor Currentzis, Julie Fuchs, Anna Goryachova, Orchestra La Scintilla Zürich
    03.05.2015 - 20:00
  8. Schönberg / Rachmaninow

    7. Philharmonisches Konzert
    Fabio Luisi, Lise de la Salle, Philharmonia Zürich
    12.07.2015 - 20:00


  1. Bruckner

    1. Philharmonisches Konzert
    27.09.2015 - 20:00
  2. Brahms / Schostakowitsch

    2. Philharmonisches Konzert
    29.11.2015 - 18:00
  3. Strawinsky / Tschaikowsky / Prokofjew

    3. Philharmonisches Konzert
    13.12.2015 - 20:00
  4. Haydn / Mozart / Beethoven

    4. Philharmonisches Konzert / 1. La Scintilla-Konzert
    20.12.2015 - 11:15
  5. Prokofjew / Rachmaninow

    5. Philharmonisches Konzert
    21.02.2016 - 20:00
  6. Schumann / Tschaikowski

    6. Philharmonisches Konzert
    17.04.2016 - 11:15
  7. Rimski-Korsakow / Adolphe

    7. Philharmonisches Konzert
    10.07.2016 - 11:15

La Scintilla Concert Series

No other operatic stage in the world has the good fortune to possess its own, established ensemble for historically informed performance than Zurich Opera House with its Orchestra La Scintilla. As of this season, we shall take this special feature, of which we are very proud, into account by presenting a concert series performed exclusively by our La Scintilla musicians. For not only in the classical and baroque operatic repertoire does playing on original instruments open new horizons for interpretation; the symphonic repertoire and chamber music also benefit from the virtuoso energy of historic performance practice. The four concerts will offer a broad repertoire, ranging from an evening featuring arias written for the famous castrato Senesino to Mozart’s Haffner Symphony and Bach’s instrumental concertos.


  1. Haydn / Mozart / Beethoven

    20.12.2015 - 11:15
  2. Bach

    21.03.2016 - 19:00
  3. Senesino

    25.04.2016 - 19:00
  4. Mozart

    27.06.2016 - 19:00

Brunch concerts

We cordially invite you to spend Sunday mornings with us! On eleven occasions this season, musicians from and connected with the Philharmonia Zurich will also dedicate themselves to chamber music. Programmes range from a spectacular performance by the cellists to the Gustav Mahler’s Song of the Earth in the chamber ensemble version by Arnold Schönberg, from Mozart’s famous clarinet quintet to a combination of music and letter reading, to jazz. Musicians from La Scintilla and singers from the ensemble will perform jointly with our Handel conductor, Lawrence Cummings. And even General Music Director Fabio Luisi will take his place at the grand piano as a member of a quintet.


Concerts begin at 11.15 a.m., followed by brunch in the Restaurant Belcanto. For those who would like to take their first refreshments before the concert, our Foyer bar is open from 1O.45 am.

Ticket prices for concert and brunch:

CHF 6O* incl. a welcome glass of champagne at the Restaurant Belcanto and coffee as well as non-alcoholic beverages (*with student identity card: CHF 52/children up to 16: CHF 32). The number of seats is limited. We recommend that you reserve early. 


  1. Brunchkonzert

    WIEN UM 1900
    01.11.2015 - 11:15
  2. Brunchkonzert

    22.11.2015 - 11:15
  3. Brunchkonzert

    06.12.2015 - 11:15
  4. Brunchkonzert

    27.12.2015 - 11:15
  5. Brunchkonzert

    17.01.2016 - 11:15
  6. Brunchkonzert

    24.01.2016 - 11:15
  7. Brunchkonzert

    13.03.2016 - 11:15
  8. Brunchkonzert

    03.04.2016 - 11:15
  9. Brunchkonzert

    08.05.2016 - 11:15
  10. Brunchkonzert

    19.06.2016 - 11:15

Lunch concerts

A wide variety of ensemble formations from the Philharmonia Zurich will again be presenting chamber music in our relaxed and intimate Brunch and Lunch concert series. Together with the musicians, discover rare musical finds, unusual arrangements of familiar pieces, and auditory adventures of the third kind.

The Lunch Concertsare given on the following Mondays after Brunch concerts at 12 p.m., and do not include a culinary option.

Ticket price: CHF 2O (students: CHF 18)

The  Lunch Concerts are supported by Evelyn and Herbert Axelrod



  1. Lunchkonzert

    WIEN UM 1900
    02.11.2015 - 12:00
  2. Lunchkonzert

    23.11.2015 - 12:00
  3. Lunchkonzert

    07.12.2015 - 12:00
  4. Lunchkonzert

    28.12.2015 - 12:00
  5. Lunchkonzert

    18.01.2016 - 12:00
  6. Lunchkonzert

    25.01.2016 - 12:00
  7. Lunchkonzert

    14.03.2016 - 12:00
  8. Lunchkonzert

    04.04.2016 - 12:00
  9. Lunchkonzert

    09.05.2016 - 12:00
  10. Lunchkonzert

    20.06.2016 - 12:00

Song recitals

A song recital really is the ultimate test for a singer to prove that they have reached maturity, by displaying their skills of interpretation and mastery of voice technique. Since the repertoire ranges from baroque to jazz, there is something to suit everyone’s taste in this rich and varied cycle.


Supported by  


  1. Liederabend Bryn Terfel

    Lieder von Schumann, Schubert, Quilter, u.a.
    22.09.2014 - 19:00

    20.10.2014 - 19:00
  3. Liederabend Bejun Mehta

    Cantatas, arias and concerts by Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christioph Bach and Melchior Hoffmann
    15.12.2014 - 19:00
  4. Liederabend Elīna Garanča

    Songs by Brahms, Duparc und Rachmaninow
    05.01.2015 - 19:00
  5. Liederabend Marie-Nicole Lemieux

    Songs by Fauré, Lekeu, Hahn, Koechlin, Debussy und Duparc
    23.02.2015 - 19:00
  6. Liederabend Julia Kleiter

    Songs by Brahms, Mahler und Schubert
    15.04.2015 - 19:00
  7. Liederabend Anja Harteros

    Songs by Berg, Wolf and Brahms
    21.05.2015 - 19:00
  8. Liederabend René Pape

    Songs by Beethoven, Dvořák, Quilter und Mussorgski
    08.06.2015 - 19:00
  9. Gala-Konzert Internationales Opernstudio

    06.07.2015 - 19:00


  1. Liederabend Anne Schwanewilms

    26.10.2015 - 19:00
  2. Liederabend Nina Stemme

    03.12.2015 - 19:00
  3. Liederabend Piotr Beczala

    21.12.2015 - 19:00
  4. Liederabend Edita Gruberova

    15.01.2016 - 19:00
  5. Liederabend Mauro Peter

    04.02.2016 - 19:00
  6. Liederabend Michael Volle

    24.02.2016 - 19:00
  7. Liederabend Krassimira Stoyanova

    30.03.2016 - 19:00
  8. Liederabend Anna Stéphany

    04.04.2016 - 19:00
  9. Liederabend Diana Damrau

    09.05.2016 - 19:00
  10. Liederabend Christian Gerhaher

    15.06.2016 - 19:00
  11. Liederabend Juan Diego Flórez

    21.06.2016 - 19:00
  12. Gala-Konzert des Internationalen Opernstudios

    04.07.2016 - 19:00