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Wednesday, March 9, 2022


South African Piano Concerto in spotlight.

The third weekly concert in the KZNPO Summer Symphony series, taking place in the Playhouse Opera tomorrow (March 10, 2022), features a very special Piano Concerto by the late South African composer, Roelof Temmingh, marking the tenth anniversary of his death.

The KZN Philharmonic’s resident conductor, Lykele Temmingh, is on the podium for the third concert of the season on March 10, with an eclectic selection of Czech, South African and Russian classics. His programme opens with Janáček’s exquisitely crafted Adagio for Orchestra.

Temmingh is then joined onstage by his nephew, the gifted young South African pianist Roelof Temmingh Jnr, in a performance of the Piano Concerto by the late South African composer, Roelof Temmingh Snr, the conductor’s sibling, and the pianist’s father marking the tenth anniversary of his death.

Composer and organist, Roelof Temmingh (1946 – 2012) was widely considered to be one of the leading composters in the country. His music has been extensively performed throughout SA, Europe and the North America. Born to a musical family in Amsterdam, the Temminghs emigrated to South African in 1958 when Roelof was 12 years old, and his brother Lykele was four, and settled in Cape Town where their father became organist in the Groote Kerk in Adderley Street, and also lectured at the University of Cape Town. Siblings Roelof and Henk went on to become well-known composers, and Lykele settled in KZN and joined the KNPO.

For 31 years Roelof was a music lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. During his long and distinguished career, he was greatly honoured for his music. He retired in 2004 and died on May 6, 2012.

His son, pianist Roelof Temmingh Jnr, will be performing his father’s Piano Concerto. He completed his undergraduate studies, and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree at the Royal College of Music in London. He has performed in piano quartets in such prestigious venues as Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. Further performances include solo and chamber music recitals in South Africa, UK, US, France, Spain, Sweden, and Austria. In 2018, he joined the South African MIAGI orchestra for their European Tour, which took them to venues such as the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Verbier Festival. He is honoured to be performing a composition by his late father with the KZNPO, conducted by his Uncle Lykele.

KZN Philharmonic’s resident conductor, Lykele Temmingh, is a founder member of the KZNPO – having been with them for 39 years. After completing his Bachelor of Music Performers degree at the University of Stellenbosch, Lykele began his career as a violinist with the Cape Performing Arts Board in 1977. Six years later, he moved to Bloemfontein to teach and perform where he met Peter Hamblin and David Tidboald, who were in town auditioning musicians to join the soon-to-be-launched Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban.

Peter Hamblin and David Tidboald enrolled Temmingh who joined the Second Violin section of the new orchestra for its inaugural season in 1983. He was later appointed co-principal of the section. He began learning conducting and made his debut as a conductor with the Natal Philharmonic’s for an all-Gershwin lunch hour concert, in the Playhouse Opera Theatre on October 31, 1987. By 1991, Lykele committed himself completely to conducting when he was appointed the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s assistant conductor to David Tidboald. The same year he was the recipient of the SAA Performing Arts’ Award for his services to music. Now as a resident conductor of the KZNPO, Lykele appears regularly on the orchestra’s concert podium. 

Conductor Temmingh brings the evening to a climax with Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular Pathétique Symphony.

The bars are no longer open at the Playhouse; however complimentary tea and coffee will be served prior to evening concerts and during interval.

Season tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2022 Summer Season are available through Quicket. For more information, click on the KZNPO’s 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 for the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R50 at the door