Fanatic about classical concert? Dewan Filharmonik Petronas is there to jazz you away! It is the country’s first dedicated classical concert hall.
It is designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates and is nestled nicely between the Petronas Twin Towers. And officially opened on 17th August 1998.
The most fascinating thing about Petronas Philharmonic Hall is guess what? The traditional shoebox design of great 19th century European concert halls! The hall has a capacity of 885, including the seats in 20 luxurious corporate suites and boxes. Yes…. boxes. That’s fascinated me enough.
On top of that, the already amazing hall is equipped with a state-of-the-art acoustic technology. So as to maximise its natural acoustic qualities.
Klais Pipe Organ
Oh! There is another fascinating thing at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. It’s the grand Klais Pipe Organ!
You can’t miss the magnificent Klais Pipe Organ — it’s on the stage. Huge. Grand. Giant. That are some words that best described the huge Klais Pipe Organ.
The Klais Pipe Organ which was designed and built by eminent organ builders Johannes Klais in Bonn, Germany. With a façade inspired by a traditional Malay music instrument, the angklung, the Klais organ adds a further dimension to the range of musical performances presented in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.
The 44-stop tracker action organ has three manuals and a pedal division, mechanical couplers, electric stop action, and an electronic memory system for the pre-selection of registration combinations. There are 2,977 pipes ranging in length from the smallest (a little over an inch) to the towering 32 ft rank in the pedal division.
The pipe organ is capable of the softest, most intimate whispers and the grandest, most sonorous acclamations!
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas is the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra — Malaysia’s first international symphony orchestra. Since its grand opening, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas has since played host to some of the world’s leading artists and orchestras.
These include the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, soprano diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and other world renowned orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
It also hosts international jazz performances and traditional Malaysian music and dance. A perfect place to let everything go & relax, don’t you think so?
Some of the best jazz and world music stars performed at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas were Count Basie Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, just to name just a few.
Not forgetting, the traditional dance dramas like Puteri Intan Baiduri, Mak Yong Gading Bertimang, Payung Mahkota and Demang Lebar Daun.
Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch described Dewan Filharmonik Petronas as “one of the world’s best concert halls.”
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Performance
The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is funded by the Petroleum Nasional Berhad (Petronas). The 105-member symphony orchestra is made up of musicians from 22 countries.
On 17th August 1998, The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra performed its very first performance under the direction of Music Director Kees Bakels at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur.
Matthias Bamert joins the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestraas AS its new Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor commencing 2005. The orchestra’s motto “Hear And You Will See” is a reflection of its purpose — to share the depth, power and beauty of great orchestral music.
In my opinion, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best philharmonic orchestra in Asia! So… what do you think?
Famous Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor
- Kees Bakels – Principal Conductor (1998-2005)
- Matthias Bamert – Principal Conductor (2005-now)
- Datuk Ooi Chean See – Resident Conductor
- Kevin Field – Third Conductor