COVID-19 update: all live concerts to the beginning of August 2020 are sadly cancelled; help secure the future of the orchestra through our Keep the Philharmonia Playing appeal.

Read more

All events Concert

Järvi conducts Mozart and Mahler

Royal Festival Hall
£12 — £58
Book tickets

Booking open to Friends only. Join now
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Jan Lisiecki


Paavo Järvi – conductor
Jan Lisiecki – piano


Schmidt Notre Dame Intermezzo

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20

— Interval —

Mahler Symphony No. 9

Mahler’s Ninth symphony, the last work he completed, is a work of overwhelming emotional impact.

“It expresses love for this earth, for Nature; the longing to live on it in peace, to enjoy it completely, to the very heart of one’s being, before death comes”, wrote composer Alban Berg. In almost 90 minutes, it spans doubt and defiance; grief and hope; climaxes of devastating power, and a hushed ending that can make an enthralled audience of thousands almost forget to breathe.

Pianist Jan Lisiecki is a musician who understands this entrancing power of music well. “Going into a concert hall should be like going into a sanctuary”, he says. To pave the way for Mahler’s masterpiece, he has chosen one of Mozart’s most passionate piano concertos. This is the first piece Lisiecki recorded for Deutche Gramophon when they signed him aged just 15.

Paavo Jarvi opens the evening with a short but opulently scored work by Franz Schmidt, a pupil of Bruckner, and cellist in the Vienna Court Orchestra conducted by Mahler. Schmidt incorporated this Intermezzo into his opera Notre Dame, inspired by Victor Hugo’s tale.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£12 – £58 (premium)

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running Time

2 hours and 10 minutes, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

View on Google Maps

Book tickets
£12 — £58