Barbican Presents brings some of the greatest international classical artists, orchestras and ensembles to London, in a stimulating and eclectic mix of classical, contemporary, and Baroque music.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Gražinytė-Tyla
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has announced she is expecting her second child in August 2020 and will therefore no longer be able to conduct this concert.
The Cleveland Orchestra/Welser-Möst
Igor Levit joins one of the truly great US orchestras and Franz Welser-Möst in Mozart at his most playful, Scriabin at his most romantic, and Thomas Adès at his most thrillingly original.
Insula Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem
Mozart’s awe-inspiring Requiem makes even more of an impact in an imaginative musical context – a real speciality of Laurence Equilbey and her energising, uncompromising Insula Orchestra.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Bach & Pärt
Time becomes space, as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir bring J S Bach and Arvo Pärt into spiritual and emotional communion.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Kreutzer Sonata
Virtuosity, intensity and emotion in the raw: masterpieces by Beethoven, Janáček and a new work by Thomas Adès show off the Australian Chamber Orchestra at their super-charged best.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Indies & Idols
Discover how the kaleidoscopic dissonances and tripped-out textures of 20th-century Polish classical music ended up inspiring some of the boldest sounds in 21st-century culture.
Isata Kanneh-Mason in recital
One of Britain’s most talked-about young pianists gives an imaginative and characteristic solo recital, encompassing works from Beethoven and Clara Schumann to Barber and Gershwin.
ECHO Rising Stars: Diana Tishchenko
Praised in the German press for her musicality, technical mastery and charisma, Ukranian-born violinist Diana Tishchenko possesses a musical imagination to match this thrilling programme.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet: Debussy’s Complete Préludes
Short in length but limitless in imagination, all 24 of Debussy’s magical Préludes for piano are performed by one of their supreme living interpreters, Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Joyce DiDonato: My Favourite Things
Joyce DiDonato’s ‘Favourite Things’ – operatic arias from the 17th and 18th centuries – are brought spectacularly to life by a true vocal superstar.
Ada Lovelace: Imagining the Analytical Engine
A musical tribute to a woman who united the worlds of 19th-century romanticism and cutting-edge science – Ada Lovelace: thinker, computer pioneer and enchantress of numbers.
Insula Orchestra: Weber’s Der Freischütz
Conjuring magical bullets and demonic hordes in the dark heart of the German forest, Weber’s sinister operatic fairy tale is told through some of the 19th century’s most gloriously gothic music.
Tamara Stefanovich: The Art of the Étude
Pianist Tamara Stefanovich takes us on a musical journey through the Étude: three centuries of musical questions and open-ended answers.
LA Phil/Dudamel: The Rite of Spring
Dudamel, Yuja Wang, the Rite of Spring and a John Adams premiere – a concert that positively shouts energy, colour and joy.
Herbie Hancock with LA Phil/Dudamel
The USA’s most talked-about conductor and orchestra meet a giant of jazz.
LA Phil/Dudamel: Bruckner Symphony No 4
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic finish their Barbican residency with two epic visions of nature.
Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang in recital
Yuja Wang is one of the most compelling musical personalities of our time. Alongside clarinet royalty Andreas Ottensamer – principal clarinettist of the Berlin Phil – the results will raise the roof.
Tafelmusik: Love and Betrayal
One of the world’s foremost Baroque ensembles remind us that this music is – consummately – about emotion, with a programme of Handel and Vivaldi aimed straight at the heart.
Pretty Yende in recital with Michele d’Elia
In her first solo recital at the Barbican, Pretty Yende explores both German romantic song and the sunlit world of Italian bel canto.
Barbican Sessions: Satu Vänskä
In an empty Theatre, Satu Vänskä, Principal Violinist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's ‘Allemande’ from Partita II in D minor.
Listen: Classical Music on Spotify
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Barbican Sessions: Christoph Sietzen
For our latest Barbican Session, percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs in an empty Cinema 1.
Listen: Contemporary Classical on Spotify
Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Judith Weir and George Benjamin to Nils Frahm and Max Richter.
Barbican Sessions: Roderick Williams and Andrew West
Filmed in an empty Milton Court Concert Hall, baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform a beautiful rendition of 'An die Nachtigall' by Johanness Brahms.