Season 20/21

In April, the doors of the Grand Auditorium will re-open for a great season finale with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and prestigious soloists like Maria João Pires, Yuja Wang, Grigory Sokolov and Andreas Ottensamer.

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Gulbenkian Orchestra

For the third and last part of Season 20/21, Lorenzo Viotti will present four varied programmes through which you can follow the great line of classic and romantic orchestral music, be it German, Russian, Italian or French. The concerts will continue to have an approximate duration of 1 hour, without intermission.

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 this final part of the season, we invite you on a musical journey across Russia.

Great Interprerters

Yuja Wang will perform in a duo with Andreas Ottensamer, the Austrian first clarinetist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The two have established a unique artistic partnership, which already resulted in a recording by Deutsche Grammophon and took them to several concert halls around the world.


The musical world continues to be dazzled and amazed by Grigory Sokolov’s artistry, considered by many to be the greatest living pianist. Over the last decade, his recitals and annual presence at Gulbenkian Music have granted us the special privilege of experiencing his superior interpretive qualities.

When we look around we feel how the nature is about to wake up after the winter. Also we humans start to see light after a period when normal activities were no longer normal, and all of us were forced to adapt to new circumstances. Gulbenkian Música has also been obliged to put performances on hold, and the musicians and choir members went home bringing live music with them. Luckily during this time we have been able to comfort ourselves with treasures of Gulbenkian’s archive recordings to feel the healing power of music.

Still, music is at its best when shared with others. The musicians need an audience in front of them, and the audience needs to see the musicians, their gestures and their appearance to feel being part of the community. There are few occasions as powerful as the spirit in an auditorium full of noise that we experience as music.

This last part of the Temporada 20/21 highlights the variety that has always been the inspiring element in the programming of the choir and orchestra Gulbenkian. Our music director Lorenzo Viotti will present four varied programmes through which you can follow the great line of classic and romantic orchestral music, be it German, Russian, Italian or French.

In the last concert of the season maestro Viotti will also send a clin d’œil to his first encounter with our orchestra in January 2017. The sensual harmonies of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde overture lead to Chausson’s Gallic poem about love and sea, both from his first Lisbon concert, before embarking on a journey through Italy with the young Richard Strauss. We welcome you to travel with our musicians, safely sitting on your chair.

Risto Nieminen
Director – 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.

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