Welcome to the Athens Concert Hall website.
Welcome to the Athens Concert Hall website. Since it opened its doors to the public in 1991, the Athens Concert Hall has been regarded as one of the most comprehensive culture centres in Europe. Its superb acoustics has been acclaimed both by the public and by renowned performers of the music and art world.
The Athens Concert Hall has welcomed top class artists, music ensembles, composers, conductors and performers in an artistic trajectory that has left its mark in the country's culture scene.
The Athens Concert Hall attracts thousands of people who come to enjoy its many art events and performances.
Browse the Athens Concert Hall website and you will be able to see the areas which make up this multifaceted culture centre: the Friends of Music Hall, the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, the recording studios, music library, exhibition halls, sparkling foyers and artists' dressing rooms
You can also buy your tickets, find out more about specific events, look at the annual programme, get information about our activities. and get to know Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall!
The Athens Concert Hall organisation was founded in 1981 and is a non-profit organisation. Half of the governing board's members are appointed by the Ministry of Culture.The rest are appointed by the Friends of Music Society, also a non-profit organisation.
The Athens Concert Hall is a nucleus of culture events, educational activities and social evolution, a culture hub structured in a contemporary way.It is living proof of how successful a creative partnership between the state and the private sector can be.
Our target is to host high quality events. The main axis of the Athens Concert Hall's programming runs through classical music but does not stop there.Classical music and the opera are very important to us, but so is the contemporary repertory, world music, new artists, dance, theatre, visual arts.Greek music always holds a special position.
Both through the Great Music Library and a series of special events and activities we incorporate education into our mission, targeting the young and the general public throughout the entire country.
Some background information on Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall
- The inspiration for a multifunctional culture centre can be traced back to the renowned soprano Alexandra Triandi, who founded the the Friends of Music Society.The society then commissioned some top Greek and foreign architects and sound experts to design the Athens Concert Hall.
- In 1956 the Greek government donated a site for its construction. It should be noted that the first monies towards erecting the building came from Dimitris Mitropoulos,who donated the proceeds from the New York Philharmonic's Athens recitals, which he conducted.
- The design was completed in the 1970s. The building's foundations were laid following a much needed donation, which covered the project's financing, by the great benefactor and president of the Dekozis-Vouros Foundation, Mr Lambros Eftaxias.
- After a hiatus of some years, construction resumed in 1981. A new governing body was formed, this time with the cooperation of the Greek government, which, through a number of substantial donations, contributed considerably towards completion of the project. This new body is the the Athens Concert Hall Organisation, which has been jointly governed from 1981 to the present day by representatives of the Friends of Music Society and the state.
Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall is renowned worldwide for the excellent acoustics of its concert halls. A major innovation that played a vital role towards this result was that during the planning stage, the acoustics study was done first and subsequently dictated the architectural guidelines and design. . This recommendation, which proved invaluable, came from the Board of Directors. The acoustics study was made by the German professor H. Keilholtz, an architect expert on the subject, on a recommendation by Herbert von Karayan. The results were highly successful. The acoustics of both the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall and the Friends of Music Hall are superb and on a par with the acoustics of the most famous concert halls internationally.
A major advantage of the acoustics of the Friends of Music Hall is its geometric shape. Due to an innovative design, which allows elements of the roof, the stage and the balconies to move, the hall's acoustics and lighting can be adapted to the demands of each performance. The Athens Concert Hall is divided into 9 sections, statically independent, so that noise and vibrations do not carry from one section to the other. One of the sections contains the two concert halls. The structural design allows for the operation of both simultaneously, with no resulting problems in acoustics. The acoustics demands have also determined other details pertaining to the walls and flooring of the building. All the floors at the Athens Concert Hall 'float'; they are, that is, constructed independently, in sections, with underlying insulation so that vibrations will not carry from one section to the next.
Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall is situated right in the heart of Athens at the junction of Vassilissis Sofias Avenue and Kokkali Street. It is a place well known to most people, and easy to find. All you have to tell your taxi driver is to take you to 'the Megaron' and no more explanations will be necessary. The Athens Concert Hall also has a metro stop named after it -'Megaron Mousikis'. Commuting to and from the town centre or other locations has become much easier. More specifically, it only takes 3'30'' from the Megaron Mousikis metro stop to the Syntagma Square station. Soon there will be many more parking places available, as a big underground parking facility is under construction. So, come and visit the Athens Concert Hall!