Dohnányi 85th Birthday Concert

Thursday 2 Oct 2014, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

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Christoph von Dohnányi conductor

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Beethoven changed the face of music forever. From his Fifth Symphony’s obsession with its famous opening rhythm to his epic Leonore Overture No.3, audiences had never heard anything like it before. By comparison, Mendelssohn’s greatest innovation was a sleight-of-hand brilliance that creates the impression of elfin dreamworlds floating free of gravity. This concert celebrates the 85th birthday of the Orchestra’s Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi.


"Christoph’s music-making justified the view that the symphony orchestra was one of the greatest cultural manifestations of European civilisation." David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, pays tribute to Maestro Christoph von Dohnányi on the occasion of his 85th birthday. For the full article and more information about the birthday celebrations, please see the Christoph von Dohnányi @ 85 website, devised and curated by Puskás International Artist Management & Consultancy:


Christoph von Dohnányi's 85th Birthday Concert is supported by Vincent Meyer and the Philharmonia Orchestra

  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 5