Season 20/21

The first part of the 20/21 Season, taking place between October and December 2020, is exclusively dedicated to the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and also sees the return of Martha Argerich, the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary and five programmes directed by the Principal Conductor Lorenzo Viotti. We hope to see you!

Agenda Tickets

Gulbenkian Orchestra

This season the resident musicians of the Gulbenkian Foundation are presenting a group of programmes with a wide variety of languages, highlighting their different instrumental sections. The concerts will have an approximate duration of 1 hour, without an intermission.

Lorenzo Viotti

Lorenzo Viotti will continue to share his characteristic passion with us, which he has been able to make good use of in performances by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, as a result of the common path they have travelled together. The young Principal Conductor will conduct five challenging programmes in the first part of the season.

Invited artists

Forming one of the highlights of this start of the season, Martha Argerich is performing with the Gulbenkian Orchestra for the first time, led by Lorenzo Viotti. She is one of the most extraordinary pianists of our time and will interpret Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra.

Sunday Concerts

Designed especially for a relaxed family environment to enable a closer approach to certain works and composers, the Sunday Concerts of the first part of the season will be conducted by Lorenzo Viotti, who will help us to unravel works by Ravel, Stravinsky and Bernstein.

Beethoven 2020

Gulbenkian Música will continue to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven, one of the most outstanding composers in the History of Music. In October, Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct four of the nine symphonies that helped make Beethoven the centre of an extraordinary artistic revolution.

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.

The first part of the season is dedicated to concerts by Orquestra Gulbenkian. In the first weeks some of its outstanding musicians will take the center stage, later we will hear Beethoven symphonies, as we approach the composer’s 250th birthday. Opera and musical theatre pieces are also dear to the orchestra – the autumn season brings us Henry Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, João Guilherme Ripper’s Cartas Portuguesas, and Francis Poulenc’s La voix humaine.

Lorenzo Viotti, the orchestra’s inspiring music director, occupies the latter part of the autumn season with five different programmes that highlight the different sections of the orchestra and include special soloists such as the beloved pianist Martha Argerich. As a Christmas present conductor Viotti offers a Sunday concert programme that promises to be very swinging.

We invite you to join the orchestra’s celebration of great music. Experiences that will stay with you forever.

Risto Nieminen
Director of Gulbenkian Música


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.