Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker © Peter Adamik
Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker © Peter Adamik
The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker


Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Hebe deine Augen and Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen from the oratorio Elijah, Op. 70
Sebastian Currier (*1959)
Spark for twelve cellos
Georges Bizet (1838–1875)
Je crois entendre encore from Les Pêcheurs de perles, arranged by David Riniker
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Figure humaine, arranged by David Riniker
Stephan Koncz (*1984)
Swing on Dvořák
Shigeaki Saegusa (*1942)
Jerry Goldsmith (1929–2004)
Main Theme from Basic Instinct, arranged by David Riniker
Herman Hupfeld (1894–1951)
As Time Goes By, arranged by Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann
John Williams (*1932)
Main Theme from Catch Me If You Can, arranged by David Riniker
James Horner (1953–2015)
Main Theme from Titanic, arranged by Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
La Muerte del ángel
Adiós Nonino
Fuga y misterio


The 12 cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker know exactly how to arouse the curiosity of the widest possible audience with regard to classical music. The unmistakable range of their programs offers something for everyone: original works, many of them composed specifically for the ensemble, alternate with sophisticated arrangements of highlights from the popular repertoire, film hits, jazz, and tangos. All of this gets translated into the lush soundscape of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s cello section. No wonder this ensemble boasts fans all over the world and has even played several times for the Japanese emperor. This summer, we can bask in the “Fabulous Twelve” playing versions of blissful choral excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the magnificent aria Je crois entendre encore from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. Shigeaki Saegusa’s Ragtime will have your toes tapping, and film lovers will get their money’s worth with the title songs from Basic Instinct, Catch Me If You Can, and Titanic. And when they play As Time Goes By, everyone’s heart melts. But the 12 Cellists can do other things as well: they’ll send us off into the balmy summer night with the tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

    Arriving by train & bus
    Take advantage of a 40% discount on public transport to Lucerne. You can find more Information here: to the SBB offer.

    Arriving by Auto
    Lucerne has a dynamic system to indicate parking availability that makes parking in the city easier for you. You can find a list of all parking garages in the City of Lucerne here: see List.

    Various train stations outside the City of Lucerne have a Park & Ride offer for those traveling by train to Lucerne. The following train stations, which have abundant parking spaces, are especially handy: Sursee, Rotkreuz, Zug, Wolhusen, Arth-Goldau, and Sarnen.

    Flying to Switzerland
    Reserve your flight directly with SWISS , the Official Airline of Lucerne Festival. 

    Concierge Service for Your Travel Planning
    Do you prefer to have your trip planned, with an emphasis on the “extra” in service? Then the travel experts at Bucher Reisen are readily available to help you.

  • Cloakroom

    There are coat checkrooms not only in the basement, but also on the 2nd and 4th floors. Handbags up to a size of 42 x 29.7 x 29.7 cm (A3) may be taken into the concert hall. All larger bags and luggage as well as other bulky items must be checked for a fee of CHF 5.00 per item. For security reasons, coats and jackets may also not be taken into the concert hall and can be left at the checkroom free of charge.

  • Wheelchair seating

    The main concert hall of the KKL Lucerne has six wheelchair spaces available on special terms. Accompanying persons cannot be assured of obtaining a seat in the same price range or in the general vicinity.

    To reserve wheelchair spaces please call our ticket sales office directly at +41 (0)41 226 4480. Wheelchair spaces are always made available as soon as online ticket sales begin but can only be reserved by telephone.

  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The main KKL Concert Hall opens 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert. For the sake of the musicians and the audience, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission or at the discretion of the Concert Hall staff. In certain instances concerts will have no intermission and allow no latecomers.

    If the concert is missed on account of late arrival, tickets will not be refunded.

  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism