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Musikhalle Hamburg
Laiszhalle in Hamburg-Neustadt.jpg
Front view of the Laeiszhalle
Address Hamburg
Type Concert venue
Architect Martin Haller

The Laeiszhalle (German pronunciation: [ˈlaɪsˌhalə]), formerly Musikhalle Hamburg, is a concert hall in Hamburg, Germany and home to the Hamburger Symphoniker. The hall is named after the German shipowning company F. Laeisz, founder of the concert venue and was planned by the architect Martin Haller. The Laeiszhalle – at that time the largest and most modern concert hall in Germany – was inaugurated on June 4, 1908.

Composers such as Richard Strauss, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith played and conducted their works in the Laeiszhalle. Violinist Yehudi Menuhin gave a guest performance in 1930 at the age of twelve, while Maria Callas gave concerts in 1959 and 1962. Following World War II, which it survived intact, the Laeiszhalle experienced an intermezzo when the British occupying forces used the space temporarily as a broadcast studio for their radio station BFN.[1]

Due to its relatively low capacity and stage layout, the Laeiszhalle is particularly suitable for the performance of classical and early romantic repertoire, and less so for staging large-scale twentieth-century works.

The concert business of both the future Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle are under the direction of one company. Christoph Lieben-Seutter became General and Artistic Director in 2007.


  1. ^ Dr. Christoph Becher et. al: "100 Jahre Laeiszhalle - Musikhalle Hamburg", 2008

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Media related to Laeiszhalle, Hamburg at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°33′21″N 9°58′51″E / 53.55583°N 9.98083°E / 53.55583; 9.98083