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Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) is Malaysia’s first concert hall dedicated to classical music and home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). Located at the PETRONAS Twin Towers, it was officially opened on 17 August 1998 by the Patron of the MPO, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Haji Mohd Ali and Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Designed by Cesar Pelli, the hall takes its inspiration from the traditional shoe-box shape of the great 19th century European concert halls with the magnificent Klais Pipe Organ providing a spectacular backdrop to the stage. The hall seats 920 people at one time which includes box seats, corporate suites and a royal suite. Acoustics experts Kirkegaard & Associates have incorporated unique acoustical devices into its design to maximize the hall’s natural qualities.
Beyond classical music, DFP has hosted such prominent artists as Harry Connick Jr, the Count Basie Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mezzoforte, Pink Martini, Gotan Project and sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar. In addition, Malaysian artists including Tan Sri SM Salim, Dato’ Sheila Majid, Dato’ M. Nasir and Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza have mesmerised audiences at DFP.
Always innovative in its programming, DFP’s crowd pleasing Showcase, Seni Fest and Spotlight series have featured international stars such as Laura Fygi, Zakir Hussain and Larry Carlton in addition to local talents like Noryn Aziz, Rachel Guerzo, Yuna, Aizat, Najwa, Hafiz and many others.
Concerts by talented young Malaysians who form the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) continue to be hosted at this venue. DFP’s success is also attributed to its exceptional architectural design, superior acoustics and recording studio modelled after the legendary Abbey Road Studios.