Based in the city of Durban and the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is widely regarded as Africa’s premier orchestra. Consisting of 70 fulltime professional musicians who come from more than 20 countries, the Orchestra has, over the past 30 years, earned a reputation for excellence and innovation amongst South African orchestras.

A strong vision of high artistic values combined with a comprehensive education and community engagement programme has been fostered by Mr Bongani Tembe, a Juilliard School graduate, who joined the Orchestra in 1994 at the dawn of South Africa’s democracy.

Each year the Orchestra produces three symphony seasons which have featured many eminent international artists such as Zubin Mehta, Renée Fleming, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Vadim Repin, Joanna MacGregor, Lynn Harrell, Natalya Gutman, Andrey Boreyko, Simon Estes, Elizabeth Connell, Katia Ricciarelli, Sarah Chang and Joshua Bell, plus the cream of South African artists.

The KZN Philharmonic’s dynamic approach to its responsibilities in Education and Community Engagement has resulted in the growth of one of South Africa’s most vibrant community-centred programmes. These endeavours encompass arts exposure, skills training and performance opportunities that contribute to the ongoing sustainability and growth of this art form in South Africa. It also ensures that thousands of school children are reached annually through school concerts, in addition to the numerous community concerts and rural residency programmes.

The Orchestra is committed to harnessing South African talent and providing a career path for young musicians through programmes such as the National Cadetship Programme.

The final rehearsals for the Summer Symphony Season concerts are open to the public and provide a glimpse into the preparation for a symphony concert. It is also the perfect opportunity to introduce scholars to symphony concerts and also provides great outings for
community groups and retirement homes.
Join us each Symphony Season on Thursday at 10am in The Playhouse Opera Theatre. Entrance is R35 for adults and R15 for scholars. Tickets are available on the day of the final rehearsal at the venue.
Canadian-Caribbean conductor Kwamé Ryan returns to the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s podium with a programme of French classics. Liesl Stoltz, our soloist, is showcased in two short works for flute and orchestra. The first of these, Cécile Chaminade’s engaging 1902 one-movement Flute Concertino in D major has a
highly decorative solo part, while François Borne’s sultry Fantasy, based on themes from Bizet’s opera Carmen, has its own allure for a solo flautist.

Location: Durban Playhouse