»A warm, clear and intimate sound« – the results of acoustic trials in the Isarphilharmonie are welcomed enthusiastically

»A warm, clear and intimate sound« – the results of acoustic trials in the Isarphilharmonie are welcomed enthusiastically A happy acoustician in the new Isarphilharmonie Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota Robert Haas

Now that the initial acoustic trials by the Munich Philharmonic in the new Isarphilharmonie are complete, everyone involved is full of enthusiasm. Star acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, who had flown in from Japan for the tests, was also on site at Gasteig HP8. The official opening of the Isarphilharmonie in Sendling is on 8 October.

»Thanks to our long-standing collaboration with Maestro Valery Gergiev, we understood that the artistic requirements for the Isarphilharmonie would be no less ambitious that those for a concert hall that had stood for centuries«, is how Yasuhisa Toyota explains his basic concept for designing the acoustics for the interim Philharmonic Hall at Gasteig HP8. With projects including the Elbphilharmonie, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles already under his belt, the renowned sound specialist worked with international architectural practice gmp – von Gerkan, Marg and Partners on the Munich commission. The actual construction of the concert hall with an internal volume of almost 60,000 cubic metres was handled by the Swiss NUSSLI Group. The stakeholders spoke after the initial acoustic trials in the presence of Yasuhisa Toyota, who had flown in from Japan:

Valery Gergiev, principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic: »The sound is warm, clear and intimate. The auditorium is very well-disposed to the musicians – it takes very little effort for them to produce excellent sound experiences. Toyota has created an absolute wonder. Although acoustics is a science, it also involves a high level of intuition – Toyota instinctively knows how genuinely good sound is produced.«

Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota with Valery Gergiev © Robert Haas

Dr. Yasuhisa Toyota, Nagata Acoustics: »I am so happy! Look at me, I still haven’t stopped smiling. My goal was to ensure that everyone in this auditorium was part of the action – both the orchestra and the audience. I’ve succeeded in doing that, including through the shape of the space and the layout of the galleries. If the audience can see properly, then they’ll hear properly as well. The musicians also feel comfortable in the Isarphilharmonie, so they can concentrate wholeheartedly on making music.«

Alexandra Gruber, solo clarinettist with the Munich Philharmonic: »We feel like we’re on an island of bliss. We tried out various orchestral layouts during rehearsals and all I can say is it’s a complete success.«

Stephan Schütz, Partner at gmp – von Gerkan, Marg and Partners: »Like a violin in its case, the auditorium of the Isarphilharmonie is essentially a building within a building. The modular wooden construction is designed to precise acoustic specifications with every last architectural detail in mind. This then fits into a construction system that is stripped back to its elementary protective functions.«

Max Wagner, Managing Director of Gasteig München GmbH: »The Isarphilharmonie may look simple on the outside, but we haven’t cut any corners on the inside! When it comes to atmosphere and sound experience, we believe that the auditorium can easily rival the well-known international concert halls. In addition, we have maintained complete control of time and costs with a record construction period of just a year and a half and a budget of just 40 million euros.«

Acoustic trials © Tobias Hase

With seating for 1900 guests, the official opening of the Isarphilharmonie will take place on 8 October with an Opening concert by the Munich Philharmonic. Further information about the Isarphilharmonie and Gasteig HP8 is available here.

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