Season 20/21

Between January and March, the Gulbenkian Orchestra will be at the center of a programme in which the human voice has a strong presence, under the direction of conductors such as Lorenzo Viotti, Giancarlo Guerrero and John Nelson. The pianist András Schiff and violinist Isabelle Faust are among the invited artists.

Agenda Tickets

Gulbenkian Orchestra

During the second part of the season, the resident musicians of the Gulbenkian Foundation will present a repertoire with a wide diversity of languages, highlighting their different instrumental sections. The concerts will have an approximate duration of 1 hour, without an intermission.

Gulbenkian Choir

The Gulbenkian Choir will keep performing in small formations to present a cappella repertoire, in a cycle of free admission concerts on Sundays at 12:00. As always, Easter will bring the much celebrated Bach’s Passion concert with our dear Principal Conductor, Michel Corboz.

Lorenzo Viotti

The young Principal Conductor will conduct the Gulbenkian Orchestra in three exciting performances during the second part of the season: a gala night with a selection of the most famous opera arias and scenes, the timeless Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony and a programme dedicated to songs by Mahler and R. Strauss.

Sunday Concerts

In association with Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and at a reduced price, Sunday Concerts aim to provide a wider audience with an access and closer approach to music, in a relaxed and familiar environment. In the second part of the season, the two concerts will take place in February and March.

Great Interpreters and Piano

Among the invited artists are pianist András Schiff and one of the greatest violinists of our time, Isabelle Faust, who will be sharing the stage with musicians of the Freiburger Barockorchester to interpret one of the most celebrated pieces in the chamber music repertoire: Franz Schubert’s Octet in F major.

Rising Stars

In light of the current situation, this year the Open Day event to listen to the most promising stars in classical music will be held exclusively online, with livestreamings at the Foundation’s digital platforms. Do not miss the opportunity to discover the exceptionally talented musicians selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation.

This season may take place in a context different than the past ones, but what remains the same is the conviction of our artists to offer the best possible performances to the audience.

Music should always be listened to in an environment that invites the performers and the audience to share the unique moment when notes become music and music becomes emotion in the mind of the listener. Grande Auditório is a place where these enchanting moments happen.

Do you like a waltz in the Viennese style? If yes, you do not want to miss the New Year’s concert, in the festive atmosphere with music that always uplifts our spirits. This time, the concert is highlighted by the rising Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg and conductor Elena Schwarz with the Gulbenkian Orchestra. The month of January continues with three consecutive weeks where our music director Lorenzo Viotti and four soloists present popular arias from great operas, Tchaikovsky’s highly emotional Pathetic Symphony and, at the end of the month, music by two great composers of the beginning of the 20th century, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss.

February brings a varied mixture of old and new. Cecília Rodrigues and André Henriques will delight us on St. Valentine’s Day with a concert full of love arias by Mozart, a specialist in depicting the changing moods of passion. Piano recitals will return to Grande Auditório with András Schiff bringing us his approach to works by Bach and Schubert. And Berlioz’s song cycle Les nuits d’été, which we will hear at the end of the month, brings us to the enchanting French fin-de-siècle atmosphere with conductor John Nelson. In March one can find music for all tastes. Virtuoso piano fireworks in Liszt’s Totentanz, Arvo Pärt’s beautifully meditative Fratres, Mahler’s popular Fourth Symphony, Schubert’s Octet with violinist Isabelle Faust and musicians of the Freiburger Barockorchester and, to prepare us for Easter celebrations, Bach’s Saint John’s Passion with our beloved Michel Corboz.

We invite you to join us the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir for the celebration of great music. Experiences that will stay with you forever.

Risto Nieminen
Director of Gulbenkian Music


Following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health, the Grand Auditorium will be subject to exceptional access conditions, with its capacity reduced by half. During this period, a room plan with a typology different from the usual one will be in operation.

The use of a mask will be mandatory and the concerts will have an approximate duration of one hour, without an intermission. Get to know the access conditions.