Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam online

We are experiencing unprecedented times. Our doors will remain closed until June 1st and the Mahler Festival has been canceled. 

We are exploring every option to move the Mahler Festival, and we expect to be able to notify you very soon. However, during the period in which the Mahler Festival would have taken place, we would like to present you with a wonderful online alternative.

Mahler Festival 2020 will become Mahler Festival Online.

The Royal Concertgebouw, together with the Concertgebouworkest, presents the Mahler Festival Online from 8 to 17 May 2020. The new festival has an extensive digital programme, with more than 25 streams which will be available through our website and our social media channels.

All videos within the Mahler Festival Online can be viewed free of charge.


The symphonies have been selected from the recent archive of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, including performances conducted by former chief conductors Mariss Jansons and Bernard Haitink.

Two special editions of the Empty Concertgebouw Sessions feature Mahler’s music. Baritone Thomas Oliemans sings several songs by Mahler, from Hans und Grethe and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. The Alma Quartet, consisting of members of the Concertgebouworkest, present an arrangement of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony Adagietto and a part of the Piano Quartet together with pianist Nino Gvetadze.

Every day of the festival has its own page with the videos of that day, every day a different symphony takes center stage:

Program pages


  • Friday 8 May: Symphony No. 1 conducted by Mariss Jansons (2013) View this concert
  • Saturday 9 May: Symphony No. 2 conducted by Daniele Gatti (2016) View this concert
  • Sunday 10 May: Symphony No. 3 conducted by Mariss Jansons (2010) View this concert
  • Monday 11 May: Symphony No. 4 conducted by Ivan Físcher (2010) View this concert
  • Tuesday 12 May: Symphony No. 5 conducted by Daniele Gatti (2010) View this concert
  • Wednesday 13 May: Symphony No. 6 conducted by Lorin Maazel (2010) View this concert
  • Thursday 14 May: Symphony No. 7 conducted by Pierre Boulez (2011) View this concert
  • Friday 15 May: Symphony No. 8 conducted by Mariss Jansons (2011) View this concert
  • Saturday 16 May: Symphony No. 9 conducted by Bernard Haitink (2011) View this concert
  • Sunday 17 May: Das Lied von der Erde conducted by Fabio Luisi (2011) View this concert

10 documentaries

To be premiered, ten recorded documentaries which have been made for The Concertgebouw and the Mahler Festival. A team of documentary makers traveled the world to speak to Mahler enthusiasts and prominent musicians, such as Thomas Hampson, Jessye Norman and Jaap van Zweden. These ten 10 documentaries are an introduction to Mahler’s nine symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde.

We hope that despite everything you are still able to enjoy these beautiful online performances!


Yours sincerely,

The Royal Concertgebouw & Concertgebouworkest

22-05-2020: There are 1 million online visitors during the 10 festival days. A number of registrations can still be viewed.