06 Sep 2010
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
A host of internationally-acclaimed conductors and musicians have worked with the MPO, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Harry Connick Jr and Andrea Bocelli, many of whom have praised the MPO for its fine musical qualities and vitality.
With each new season, the MPO continues to present a varied programme of orchestral music drawn from over three centuries, as well as the crowd-pleasing Specials, Pops, Family Fun Day, Chamber and Happy Hour series. It regularly presents specially commissioned new music and successfully collaborates with local and international artists.
The MPO regularly visits the major cities of Malaysia. Internationally, it has been to Singapore, Japan and Korea (2001), Australia (2004), China (2006), Taiwan (2007), Japan (2009) and Vietnam (2013). The MPO’s Education and Outreach Programme, ENCOUNTER, reaches beyond the concert platform to develop musical awareness, appreciation and skills through dedicated activities that include instrumental lessons, workshops and school concerts. ENCOUNTER also arranges memorable events in such diverse venues as orphanages, hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community centres.
MPO’s commitment to furthering musical interest in the nation has been the creation of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO).The MPYO gave its inaugural concert at DFP on 25 August 2007 and followed this with a highly-successful tour of several cities in Peninsular Malaysia. In December 2008, the MPYO toured Sabah and Sarawak, and visited Singapore in 2009, and Brisbane, Australia in December 2012.
As it celebrates its 17th Anniversary in 2015, the Orchestra remains steadfast in its mission to share the depth, power and beauty of great music. The MPO’s main benefactor is PETRONAS and its patron is Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Haji Mohd Ali.