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Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) is home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and is Malaysia’s concert hall devoted specifically to classical music. Located in 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 former 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 hall’s stage. The hall seats 920, which includes box seats, corporate suites and a royal suite. Acoustics experts Kirkegaard and Associates have incorporated unique acoustical devices into the design to maximize the hall’s natural qualities.
Celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2015, DFP plays an integral part in the music and cultural landscape of Malaysia and the city of Kuala Lumpur. It attracts audiences and continues to enthrall listeners as it has done since the day it first opened its doors. In addition to stimulating and enriching concerts by the MPO, world renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Vienna Symphony have performed in this beautiful hall.
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.