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Thursday, June 4, 2020


(Above: Daniel Boico)

 The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra continue its journey of sharing content with classical music lovers on its YouTube channel – At Home with the KZN Phil – to soothe their souls through the joy of music.

 This week, the KZNPO presents Mendelssohn’s Overture “The Hebrides” Op. 26, which was the opening piece of the Season Finale of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s World Symphony Series Summer Season 2019, conducted by Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic, Daniel Boico.

 Also known as Fingal’s Cave, the work was inspired by the composer’s visit to Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa, situated in the Hebrides archipelago off Scotland’s western coastline. Written as a stand-alone concert overture, it has long been one of the global repertoire’s most popular standards.

 “We hope that you enjoy the music and continue to look forward to being able to entertain, motivate and inspire our audiences,” says Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

The performance of “The Hebrides” can be seen at

The interview with Daniel Boico on Joburg Today can be seen at:

 Described by critics as “Dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative – an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique” conductor Daniel Boico is Music Director and Chief Conductor Designate of the MAV Budapest Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2019-2020 season, as well as Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban, South Africa. His innate musical sensitivity paired with a keen ear and deep musicianship have produced exciting performances with orchestras in the US., Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

 As Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, 2009-2011, Boico led all of the Philharmonic’s popular Young People’s Concerts, among other concerts, covering 30 weeks in each season, including all tours. His debut with the New York Philharmonic took place in 2009, sharing the podium with Riccardo Muti, and was followed by his subscription debut in April 2011, when he replaced Kurt Masur on short notice in what the New York Times called “a smouldering performance” of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: A dedication to Mary and Martha for two violas and orchestra.

 Recent engagements include the Taiwan Philharmonic, Chautauqua Music Festival, Cape Town Philharmonic, Nürnberger Symphoniker, and a debut with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Columbus Symphony. Upcoming engagements include return engagements to the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and the KZN, Cape Town, and Johannesburg Philharmonics, Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera at DePaul University, and a debut with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion.

 (To link direct to the KZN Philharmonic’s website click on the orchestra’s banner advert on the top of the page) -