The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO)

About Us

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) was formed in May 2000 by a group of committed and resilient musicians following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra. It has continued to consistently perform regular series of Symphony Seasons, attracting the best international and local soloists and conductors, as well as being the orchestra of choice for State functions in Gauteng.

There is a sincere commitment to consistent high standards of performance, with the aim of not only delivering quality performances to audiences, but also establishing the bench mark for aspirant musicians, not only those who are tutored through the JPO’s own educational arm (the Academy) but to those who perform in the many youth orchestras and ensembles around Gauteng and elsewhere.

The JPO strives to be nationally and internationally recognized as the country’s leading philharmonic orchestra, and to ensure the ongoing sustainability and growth of music traditions, nurturing the accessibility of music to a broader community.

It also endeavors to challenge the prevailing perception of classical music performances being elitist and Euro-centric by appealing to a truly egalitarian local audience, performing music that incorporates the greatest examples of both classical and South African music genres.

Patron: His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa

Board of Directors
  • Justice Dikgang Moseneke (Chairman)
  • Bongani Tembe (Chief Executive & Artistic Director)
  • Stephen Jurisich
  • Busi Mabuza
  • Mandla Nkomfe
  • Nonkululeko Nyembezi
  • Seith Phalatse
  • Mahmoud Rajab
  • Malcolm Segal
  • Colin Smith
Administrative Staff
staff 1
Bongani Tembe

Chief Executive & Artistic Director

staff 2
Polina Burdukova

Artistic Administrator

  • Selishia Govender – Personal Assistant
  • Rosie Katz – Subscriptions and Ticket Sales
  • Patricia Mampani – Office Administrator
  • Matthew Downey – Librarian and Percussionist
  • Vivian Corrêa-Pretorius –Marketing and Operations Coordinator
Notable Past Achievements & Activities

Timeline

Apr 19 2000

2000

During 2000, the JPO utilized its own scant resources to present 15 concerts that included international guest conductors and world-renowned soloists. Since inception, the JPO has presented Symphony Seasons every year, mostly with the assistance of corporate sponsorship, individual donations,..Read More

Apr 19 2004

2004

In 2004, the JPO released the internationally acclaimed world premiere recording of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Violin Concerto. In the same year, the JPO commissioned and performed the world premiere of ‘A Mandela Portrait’ in recognition of the 10 years of..Read More

Apr 19 2007

2007

In 2007, the JPO became a full-time orchestra with permanent musicians on annual contracts. The JPO performed at the Union Buildings on 2009 for the Inauguration of President Jacob Zuma.

Apr 19 2010

2009-10

In 2009, the JPO was awarding funding for a three year period by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.In 2009, the JPO provided recordings for the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA Confederations Cup. In 2010, the JPO was..Read More

Apr 19 2011

2011

2011 saw the JPO collaborate with the popular act, Die Antwoord, at the South African Music Awards. In addition to the symphony concerts, the JPO has performed: Queen: The Concert The Jo’burg Pops concerts The Jacaranda Pops concerts ‘La Traviata’..Read More

Apr 19 2013

2013

The JPO has also prominently featured in TV advertisements for both Standard Bank and Old Mutual. A grant of R 12,5M was approved by the National Lottery Development Trust Fund in July 2013, and enabled the JPO to continue with..Read More

Apr 19 2014

2014

In 2014, the JPO continued with the tradition of performing Symphony Seasons, but also performed at the Miracle Drive event in Sandton, the Melting Pot Choral Competition in Mpumalanga, and backed hip hop artist Nas at the Castle Lite Extra..Read More

Apr 19 2015

2015

The orchestra travelled to Azerbaijan in late July and performed 6 concerts, to great acclaim, at the Gabala International Music Festival – the first international performances by the JPO. Now in its 15th year, the JPO’s musicians remain passionate about seeing..Read More
The JPO strives to be nationally and internationally recognized as the country’s leading philharmonic orchestra, and to ensure the ongoing sustainability and growth of music traditions, nurturing the accessibility of music to a broader community.
Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra