It is my pleasure to congratulate Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) on the launch of their 2020 Concert Season.

Looking back, I am very proud to witness first-hand how the MPO has grown and flourished into an orchestra of high caliber since its inaugural performance in August 1998. Today, the MPO has built a credible reputation as one of the most highly regarded orchestras in Asia, performing over 100 concerts each year.

Since its inauguration over two decades ago, the MPO has continued its quest to inspire and impress music-lovers with its excellent virtuosity, wide repertoire and collaborations with renowned artists from a variety of background and genres. This has been achieved through performances in and out of DFP, not just within Malaysia but internationally, reaching audiences in South East Asia and beyond.

The musical reach of the MPO has not just been restricted to the main orchestra, but includes the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) and MPO’s Education and Outreach Programme (ENCOUNTER). The MPYO has since its inception over a decade ago, proven its capabilities to impress and entertain young and old audiences alike from a multitude of backgrounds in a series of concerts in DFP and corporate events. Whilst ENCOUNTER has been committed in its mission to give back to the society through collaborations with social organisations, community centers and hospitals, all in the name of spreading love and appreciation for classical music to different groups of communities.

It is with great honour that I welcome you to MPO’s 22nd season of exciting concerts and performances at DFP.

Let the music begin!




It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Season 2020 of Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO); this is the 22nd season since their inceptions in 1998.

This season will present a spectrum of a wide-ranging programme to make the DFP and MPO brands accessible and closer to the hearts of Malaysians.

The MPO will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary by presenting the composer’s much-loved masterpieces throughout the season.

The highlight of this season is the MPO’s fourth Ballet Festival, presenting famed ballet works The Nutcracker and Cinderella. On another note, Cirque de la Symphonie returns to stun the DFP audience this season, this time complete with ‘live’ violin aerialist!

This season will witness local legendary singers Aishah and Dato M. Nasir collaborating with the MPO. The MPO will also pay tribute to renowned composer S. Atan in a specially-programmed Hari Raya-themed concert.

I take this opportunity to welcome back Kees Bakels as the MPO Conductor Laureate. He was the founding Music Director of the MPO in 1998 and was the central artistic force behind the establishment of this orchestra. I am optimist that Maestro Bakels will bring the orchestra to an amazing artistic excellence.

The MPO will continue to present its virtuosity outside the concert platform to the underprivileged through its Education & Outreach Programme (ENCOUNTER). It will also continue to nurture the appreciation of music among local talents from the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO).

This season, we introduce a new subscription programme called ‘Friends of DFP’ with attractive discounts and benefits that the public cannot resist.

On a final note, I would like to thank our Principal Donor, PETRONAS, and our sponsors, subscribers, collaborators and audiences for the continuous support given to DFP and MPO.

Come and join the memorable music journey together with us this season!