While there are many ways to enjoy your favourite music, we all know that the best way is an in-person performance by your favourite artist. While outdoor concerts are more enjoyable, you can’t beat a concert in one of the most famous concert halls around.
These are the 10 most spectacular concert halls in the entire world. They have incredible acoustics and an amazing atmosphere.
10. The Helix, Dublin (Ireland)
The Helix was constructed in 2002. It has three auditoriums, The Space, The Mahony Hall, and The Theatre. There is also a conference room and an exhibition space and a meeting room. These venues can host anything, from rock concerts to ice shows and even classical music events. Andrzej Wehrt, a Polish architect, designed it. The striking contrast of granite and glass creates light through the interior.
9. Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
Although it does not have an orchestra, Carnegie Hall is still one the most important concert halls worldwide and has seen many impressive performances since its opening in 1891. Andrew Carnegie funded it, and it now has three performance spaces: the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage and the Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall. The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall are also available. Fritz Kreisler and Pablo Casals were among the many artists to perform here and Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gustav Mahler, Camille Saint-Saens and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
8. Sydney Opera House, Australia
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous buildings globally. It was built by Jorn Utzon, who won a competition that saw 233 entries. Seven performance venues host over 1,500 performances annually and attract 1.2 million visitors each year. They were completed in 1973. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet are the four largest resident companies. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2007.
7. Beijing, China, National Centre for the Performing Arts
Paul Andreu, a French architect, designed the Giant Egg. It has a 12,000-square-meter surface and is accessed via an underwater corridor. Its modern design was quite shocking due to the location where it is situated, which is between Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People, and the Forbidden city. Its simplicity was too beautiful to reveal, and it hosted the inaugural concert in 2007. Three performance halls are located around the lake.
6. Royal Albert Hall, London (England).
Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, had a vision for a concert hall. He also wanted museums around it and other learning places. That’s how the beautiful building at the north edge of South Kensington was created. The hall can hold up to 5,272 people and was inaugurated on March 29, 1871. Since 1941, it has hosted the Proms (Henry Wood Promenade Concerts), the world’s largest concert of classical music.
5. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
This building is distinctive in the city because of its Frank Gehry-inspired design. The genius of the designer wasn’t content with a beautiful building. He also paid close attention to the acoustics of the building with the help of Yasuhisa Toyota. It was opened in 2003 by the Music Director of Los Angeles Philharmonic. He called it “one the most successful grand openings for a concert hall in American History”. The Walt Disney Concert Hall’s concert organ is another jewel. It was built in 2004 by Manuel Rosales and Frank Gehry.
4. Boston Symphony Hall, USA
The charming building was constructed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2000. It was the first concert hall built using scientific acoustical technology. The reverberation period of the building is 1.9 seconds, which is ideal for orchestral performances. Each seat was designed to produce the best sound. This was when concert hall design was made science by Wallace Clement Sabine, a Harvard physics professor.
3. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Adolf Leonard van Gendt designed this building. Construction began in 1883. It opened in April 1888. The inaugural concert featured 120 musicians and 500 singers. It hosts 900 concerts annually with 700,000. People come to see them. This makes it one of the most popular halls in the world. It is home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The reverberation of the Main Hall with its audience of 2.2 seconds makes it ideal for late Romantic music but not suitable for amplified music such as rock concerts. There is also a Recital Hall with 437 seats in the Recital Hall, which is oval-shaped.
2. Berlin Philharmonie, Germany
The Berlin Philharmonie was designed by Hans Scharoun and opened in October 1963 with Symphony N0.9 by Beethoven performed by Herbert von Karajan, who would be the longest-serving principal conductor. There are 2,440 seats in the Main Hall, and a 1,180 seat chamber music hall was added two years later. The stunning concert hall was built to replace the destroyed Philharmonie. Its vineyard terracing broke down its audience into blocks, allowing the walls to reflect more sound from the sides.
1. Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Austria
The Wiener Musikverein is one the most famous operas globally, with construction beginning in 1863. Theophil Hansen, inspired by the ancient Greek temples, designed it with a neoclassical style. The Opera in Vienna is home to two magnificent concert halls: the Golden Hall, which has 1,744 seats, and a standing area for 300. It also houses a chamber music hall. The Golden Hall houses a Friedrich Ladegast pipe organ, which Anton Bruckner gave the first recital in 1872.