Season 21/22

January to June

The second half of the Season brings over 60 concerts, performed by the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir and some of today’s most exciting interpreters. The Piano Series, Met Opera transmissions and Sunday Concerts are also back.


Gulbenkian Orchestra

Sharing the stage with some of today’s top interpreters, the resident groups of the Gulbenkian Foundation will perform in twelve programmes, ranging from opera and large chora-symphonic works to the premiere of new pieces.

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Sunday Concerts

The commented concerts by the Gulbenkian Orchestra are back with three engaging programmes, created to experience music in a familiar and relaxed environment.

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Piano Series

Legendary interpreters such as Mitsuko Uchida and Grigory Sokolov will perform at the Grand Auditorium this season, in a series that will also welcome young virtuoso talents like Behzod Abduraimov, Alexandre Kantorow and Célimène Daudet.

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Met Opera Live in HD

With the re-opening of the Metropolitan Opera New York, the live in HD season is also back with some of the most important opera productions in the world, such Rigolleto, Turandot, Cinderella or Don Carlos, among others.

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String Quartets Festival

In partnership with Philharmonie de Paris’ Biennale de quatuors à cordes. this festival presents, over an intense weekend, some of today’s most prestigious string quartets.

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Rising Stars

A weekend of free concerts to discover today’s rising stars, that were selected by ECHO – a network of European concert halls in which Gulbenkian Music is included.

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Do you still remember concerts where there were no restrictions concerning the distances between the orchestra musicians, no limitations to the number of choir singers on stage or the repertoire to be presented? That is how it was until March 2020, when the musical life started to suffer. Many concerts had to be cancelled or moved to later dates.

We are thankful for your patience. The musical fasting seems to be over now, the audience is again filling the seats, and the musicians have more choice of repertoire.

The second part of our Season 21/22, from January to June, has been planned thinking positively: seen the record number of citizens already vaccinated, we wish to bring back all our great musical patrimony to the reach of our dear audience in one of the great concert halls in the world: Gulbenkian’s Grand Auditorium.

January promises to be a versatile month for music lovers. During the first week, French star soprano Julie Fuchs highlights the much awaited New Year’s Concert, Jean-Guihen Queyras plays Bach’s Suites for solo cello, in dialogue with a choreography created by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. One weekend is dedicated to the Rising Stars – a celebration of young talents from all over Europe – and another to the String Quartet Biennale, with six ensembles coming from different horizons to present the masterpieces of music written for two violins, viola and cello by composers throughout the history of classical music.

In February, we will perform the official opening concert to celebrate the Saison croisée Portugal – France at Philharmonie de Paris, the most versatile concert hall in Europe. Before leaving, the Gulbenkian Orchestra will of course present to our Lisbon audience the tour programme, which includes Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, interpreted by Maria João Pires.

Our concerts will continue to offer a wide range of programmes: the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir will perform under the direction of conductors like Hannu Lintu, Andris Poga, Giancarlo Guerrero or Gábor Káli and, for the season finale, Lorenzo Viotti present Verdi’s majestic Requiem. This diversity of repertoire will be aligned with the diversity of performances, from the great masterpieces by J. S. Bach to Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and works by Bernstein, Fauré and Chick Corea.

We look forward to welcoming you to discover the second part of Gulbenkian Music Season 20/21!

Risto Nieminen
Director of Gulbenkian Music

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