Music is a language that only some learn to ‘speak’ but which is universally understood and enjoyed by all. It is in the shared experience of a gathered audience that communities celebrate both their diversity and their common ground. Music brings the world together through its various genres, instruments and experiences, each song telling a story, each note holding a significant value. Music is found in the good times, the bad times and the magical times. Music is a sense of comfort, it’s there to reassure, motivate and inspire. Music is the language of the world ,strung intricately together by the notes of a melody. It is your language, it is my language, it is our language. 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 19 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 70 multi-national musicians. Itholds a reputation of 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 KwaZulu-Natal.
For collaborations with the KZN Philharmonic please contact the office of the Artistic Administrator on 031 369 9438 or email email@example.com.
Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive & Artistic Director
Joanna Frankel ***
Violeta Osorhean **
Beatris Lauenburg *
Thandeka Benbooi ^
Petya Koleva *
David Snaith *
Boris Kerimov *
Simon Miliken *
Sabine Baird *
Nuria Cabezas Castaño*
Annelize de Villiers
Vessela Minkova *
Sorin Osorhean *
Marian Van Duyker
Michel Schneuwly *
Stephane Pechoux *
*** Concert Master
** Assoc. Concert Master
+ Extra Player
|Bongani Tembe – Chief Executive and Artistic Director||David Snaith – Orchestra committee chairman||Dr Devi Rajab|
|John Barton||Judge Chris Nicholson||Judge President VukaTshabalala|
|Mick Hyatt||Nandi Mandela||Saki Makozoma – Chairman|
Bongani Tembe – Chief Executive and Artistic Director
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE:
Wendy Nelson – PA to the Chief Executive
Hayley Munro – Accountant
Sue Murray – Marketing Director
Nompilo Mtshali – Marketing
Portia Masinga – Reception
John Walton – Orchestra Manager
Daniel Walshaw – Artistic Administrator, Chief Librarian, New Music Coordinator
Wiseman Mkhize – Education & Development
Lykele Temmingh – Resident Conductor
Enock Ndimande – Crew
Patrick Ndlovu – Crew
Alson Ngcobo – Crew
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. It is currently the resident orchestra for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. 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 SibongileKhumalo, FikileMvinjelwa, Anton Nel and Ben Schoeman, forms an integral part of the orchestra’s annual programme.
The media room is where you will be able to read up on all our online critiques and ratings as well as our media releases, which play an intricate part of who we are as an organisation.
The following positions in the Orchestra are currently available:
Orchestra Vacancy: Principal Percussion
Applications are invited from suitably qualified musicians for the position of Principal Percussion. The KZN Philharmonic is a full time professional orchestra based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Previous orchestral experience is essential. Salary package includes six weeks paid leave, medical benefits, and relocation assistance. Applicants must be willing to relocate for a minimum of two years.
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KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Vacancy: Tutti Double Bass
Applications are invited from suitably qualified musicians for the position of Tutti Double Bass. The KZN Philharmonic is a full time professional orchestra based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Previous orchestral experience is essential. Salary package includes six weeks paid leave, medical benefits, and relocation assistance. Applicants must be willing to relocate for a minimum of two years.
To apply submit a curriculum vitae, references, and a video recording (for international players) of the audition repertoire. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a digital file of their audition video (MP4 format) through Dropbox, however a DVD can be sent to the address below. Residents of South Africa must audition live.
Artistic Administrator, PO Box 5353, Durban, 4000, South Africa
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for application submissions and questions about auditions or the orchestra.
Deadline for receipt of materials (international applicants): 31 March 2014
Live auditions in Durban (South African residents): TBA (email email@example.com)
Section A ~ concerto (one take)
One movement of a concerto – own choice – with cadenza
Section B ~ orchestral excerpts (one take that includes all excerpts)
|Smetana||The Bartered Bride: Overture||Beginning – 5 bars after A|
|Beethoven||Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 3||Beginning – 5 bars after A
Trio – 23 bars after B
|Strauss, R.||Don Juan||7 bars after O – 5 bars before T|
|Mozart||Symphony No. 40, Mvt. 1||20 bars before C – 5 bars after C
32 bars after D – E
|Britten||Young Person’s Guide||Double Bass variation|
*For copies of orchestral excerpts, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an open call for all South African composers to submit new scores. The KZN Philharmonic is always looking for new fresh material. This is an exceptional opportunity for composers to send works to South Africa’s leading orchestra for review and comment. Preference is given to orchestrations of 3333-4331-Timp+ 2 Perc-HP-Pno-Str or smaller. If you are interested in this great opportunity, please contact us.
Submission material should include:
1. Copy of your Score
2. Sample string part or other significant part. Full parts expected after selection.
3. CV and brief biography
4. Contact Information : Your name, address, email address and phone number.
*Rolling Deadline For Submissions
All submissions can be sent as PDF’s to email@example.com Physical copies can be sent to
New Music Coordinator
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra
PO Box 5353