The task

The organ of the Elbphilharmonie is just as special as the building itself – the room in which it is built and in which it sounds is absolutely unique. Developing and constructing the “Queen of Instruments” for Hamburg’s new landmark was therefore a very special task for the builder. This process from planning to completion should be traced.


In the workshop of organ builder Philipp Klais we went on a search for traces and quickly saw: the organ of the Elbphilharmonie also started very small once. The organ builder gave an insight into his studio and explained what a pipe kindergarten is – and why the pipes there first have to be taught to speak. The titular organist of the Elbphilharmonie, Iveta Apkalna, was accompanied by us during the musical encounter with the organ. Thus an atmospheric film about the “Birth of a Majesty”, the organ of the Elbphilharmonie was created. The film was awarded with a BCM Silver-Award 2017.


Client: HamburgMusik gGmbH – Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle BG
Director, DoP: Martin Kahl
Edit: Martin Kahl
Light & Grip: Peter Assmann

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