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Sunday, March 13, 2022


This Thursday (March 17) sees the final concert in the KZNPO’s four concert Summer Season, which has run weekly on Thursday evenings at 19h00 in the Playhouse Opera.

Israeli-American conductor, Daniel Boico returns to the South African concert platform, to close the Durban season on March 17 with one of his signature, all-Beethoven programmes honouring one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music. Beethoven’s work ranks among the most performed of the entire classical music repertoire, which transitions from the classical period to the romantic era in classical music.

Born in Israel to musician parents, and raised in both Paris and the USA, Boico trained as a singer before studying conducting in Russia. Boico is the Artistic Director and CEO designate of the Free State Symphony Orchestra in Bloemfontein, and is associate guest conductor of the KZNPO. Since 1995, Boico has performed in world-renowned halls conducting some of the world’s greatest orchestras.

The first half of the evening sees the conductor joined onstage by the renowned American soloist, Ilya Friedberg, for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 in C Major.

At home on the stage as both a soloist and chamber musician, Ilya Friedberg is a vivid performer as a soloist and chamber musician, a composer, and conductor as well as a very active promoter of new music. He is a much sought-after collaborator and passionate educator, who has been referred to as a “poet of the piano with a magical touch that can bring a fresh view on much-played pieces.”  A winner of multiple international competitions, Friedberg has enjoyed collaborations with great artists and has performed worldwide in concert halls. His music has taken him to Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Jerusalem Theater, St. Petersburg, and various venues across United States, South America, Israel, and Europe. He is currently based at Indiana University.

Beethoven’s iconic Eroica Symphony - one of the transforming works in musical history - brings the evening to a rousing close.

Complimentary tea and coffee will be served prior to evening concerts and during interval.

Safer parking at the Royal Hotel.

Individual tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2022 Summer Season are available through Quicket.

For more information, click on the KZNPO advert at the top right hand of this page or visit, email or call 031 369 9438 (office hours).


There will be a Tea and Symphony concert on Thursday morning at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R50