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Concertgebouworkest to perform on state visit to Berlin

15 June 2021

First concert abroad since start corona crisis

Staatsieportret Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (foto: Simon van Boxtel)

The Concertgebouworkest will be giving a concert on 6 July to mark the state visit of King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima to Berlin. The King and Queen are pleased to offer the concert as a token of their gratitude to the German authorities. The concert will be the orchestra’s first outside Amsterdam since the corona crisis hit the Netherlands early 2020.

The programme under the direction of Iván Fischer will feature Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K 218 with soloist Sylvia Huang and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Iván Fischer was named the Concertgebouworkest’s honorary guest contuctor with effect from the 2021-22 season.

Ten years ago – in April 2011 – the Concertgebouworkest also gave a concert on a state visit to Berlin.

‘Royal’ status was officially conferred on the Concertgebouworkest on the occasion of its Centenary Celebration in 1988. Her Majesty Queen Máxima is the orchestra’s patron, a role in which she succeeded Prince Claus in 2005, who had died three years previously. In her capacity as patron, the Queen regularly attends concerts and rehearsals; she paid a work visit to the Concertgebouworkest on 2 June, when she was introduced to the orchestra’s new management team and toured the premises where the orchestra has been based since January 2019.