The Philharmonie at the Gasteig was opened on 10 November 1985 by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra led by its conductor Sergiu Celibidache.
With this the Bavarian capital, forty years after the destruction of the Tonhalle, once again had a major concert hall and the Philharmonic Orchestra a new “roof over its head”. With seating for 2400, the Philharmonie is part of the Gasteig culture centre, inspired by the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Barbican in London.
In addition to the Philharmonie, the centre has the 600-seater Carl Orff Hall for concerts, conferences, theatre productions and films.
The Gasteig was built to plans by the Raue, Rollenhagen, Lindemann and Grossmann group of architects. It took seven years to build.