The inside of the Cologne Philharmonie
Cologne Philharmonie (c) Richard Ion

In May 2022 the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra completed its first major European tour since the pandemic with ten concerts across Germany, conducted by RPO Music Director Vasily Petrenko. Star soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Khatia Buniatishvili performed alongside the Orchestra to welcoming audiences and rave reviews in two whilwind weeks of travelling and music-making.

Read on to see more photos and reactions from our spring tour to Germany.

Baden-Baden, Dusseldorf and Cologne

The first stop along the way on Saturday 14 May was Baden-Baden's Festspielhaus, where our presence was made no secret...

Baden Baden giant poster

Alongside Bernstein's Candide Overture and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Previn's Violin Concerto, 'Anne-Sophie', which was composed in 2001 for tin dedication to the violinist.

Baden Baden Josh Cirtina

(c) Josh Cirtina

Baden Baden c Richard Ion

Enjoying a break in Lichtentaler Allee park (c) Richard Ion

The next day we took the programme to Dusseldorf's Tonhalle, having last performed there in September 2016.

RPO Dusseldorf Tonhalle 1

RPO Dusseldorf Tonhalle 2

(c) Richard Ion

In Cologne some of us took the opportunity to go sight-seeing...

Jonathan Ayling Cologne Cathedral

Inside the Cologne Philharmonie!

Cologne Philharmonie Richard Ion

 (c) Richard Ion

Read the five-star Bachtrack review.

Hamburg to Munich

On Tuesday 17 May we arrived in Hamburg's beautiful Elbphilharmonie.

Fraser Gordon Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

Violins Sali-Wyn Ryan and Tamás András were caught being very candid...

Sali (c) Richard Ion

Tamas (c) Richard Ion

(c) Richard Ion

After a stop in Stuttgart we arrived for a two-day residency in Munich's Isarphilharmonie with Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and Anne-Sophie Mutter.

RPO and Vasily Petrenko with Anne-Sophie Mutter

Taking a short break between busy rehearsals

Essen to Freiburg

 On Saturday 21 May in Essen we performed Walton's Johannesburg Festival Overture alongside Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with Khatia Buniatishvili.

Did you know that this was the concert hall where Mahler premiered his Symphony No.6?

Essen Philharmonie Sali Wyn Ryan

Essen 2

After a stop in Mannheim we ended our tour in picturesque Freiburg.

Freiberg c Richard Ion smaller

(c) Richard Ion

Our phot-ready sections after a long tour...

First Violins

The First Violins

Second Violins

The Second Violins


The Cellos


The Woodwind


The Brass

See you again soon, Germany!

Khatia Freiburg

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