Deutsche Grammophon celebrated its 120th anniversary on Tuesday with a gala concert at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. The event featured performances by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lang Lang, as well as a world premiere of a new composition by John Williams.
"120 years ago, Deutsche Grammophon was already using the best technology to bring classical musicians to the heart of society. That's what we’re still doing today, as we share our artists' recordings and performances with a vast global audience," said Frank Briegmann, president & CEO Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, referencing the live-stream of the event.
Classical music virtuosos Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lang Lang performed works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart together with the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Manfred Honeck. The audience further celebrated works by John Williams, including the world premiere of "Across the Stars," a new piece for violin and orchestra based on motifs from Star Wars, as well as the German premiere of "Markings."