Music is a universal language. It is in the shared experience of a gathered audience that communities celebrate both their diversity and their common ground. Thus in South Africa, where many languages are spoken, and diverse cultures intersect, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra plays an important role. Ably led by Bongani Tembe for the past 18 years, the KZN Philharmonic has, through its message of hope and unity, continued to inspire its audiences and contribute toward social cohesion.
The orchestra, through its myriad programmes, also contributes to economic development, job creation and helps to brand eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa positively around the world.
The KZN Philharmonic is a professional orchestra of around 70 multi-national musicians. The orchestra enjoys a reputation for excellence and innovation among South African orchestras, resulting in a loyal support base from the local community, regular concert subscribers and visitors to the province of
Founded in 1983 as part of the Natal Performing Arts Council (later The Playhouse Company), the KZN Philharmonic was restructured in April 1998 as an independent viable entity according to the new South African Arts and Culture dispensation policy.
The Orchestra travels extensively and has undertaken highly successful tours to Europe and other parts of Africa. In 2011 the Orchestra participated in three major productions beyond the borders of KwaZulu-Natal - two in Gauteng and the third in Grahamstown, at the National Arts Festival, where it is the resident orchestra for the next two years.
The Orchestra is primarily funded by grants from eThekwini Municipality, the KZN Government, the National Department of Arts and Culture via the National Arts Council, and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. The remainder of its income is derived from sponsorships, donations, box office and hire outs.
The World Symphony Series (WSS), which features world-renowned artists such as Renee Fleming, Pinchas Zuckerman, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Zubin Mehta, as well as top South African musicians such as Sibongile Khumalo, Fikile Mvinjelwa, Anton Nel and Ben Schoeman, forms an integral part of the orchestra's annual programme.
For collaborations with the KZN Philharmonic please contact the office of the Chief Executive and Artistic Director on 031 369 9438 or email email@example.com.
Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive & Artistic Director
Joanna Frankel ***
Violeta Osorhean **
Beatris Lauenburg *
Petya Koleva *
David Snaith *
Tshegofatso Mokobe ^
Boris Kerimov *
Cecilia Di Cecco
Simon Miliken *
Sabine Baird *
Nuria Cabezas Castaño*
Irene Chen *
Vessela Minkova *
Sorin Osorhean *
Marian Van Duyker
Andre Valentine ^
Michel Schneuwly *
Jonathan Hooper *
George Foster *
Stephane Pechoux *
Linor Steinhausen *
Education and Development
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CORPORATE HOSPITALITY AND PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
The orchestra’s regular symphony concerts provide the ideal environment to entertain clients or reward top performers. Block bookings are available at reduced rates and can be tailored to include pre- or post-concert drinks or functions.
Group subscriptions are also available and can be used for similar purposes throughout the season.
You can also enjoy a stunning performance of your favourite music at your own corporate venue, gala ceremony or special event. For further information on how to turn any event into an unforgettable musical experience with Africa’s premier orchestra, please contact the office of the Chief Executive and Artistic Director by completing the enquiry form below.