Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is the city’s leading performing arts organisation, and Auckland’s only resident full-time professional symphony orchestra.
In more than 80 performances annually, the APO presents a full season of symphonic work showcasing many of the world’s finest classical musicians. Recent and upcoming soloists include the likes of James Ehnes, Midori, Nikolai Demidenko, Deborah Voigt and Dame Evelyn Glennie. The APO is also proud to support both the NBR New Zealand Opera and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Renowned for its innovation, passion and versatility, the APO collaborates with some of New Zealand’s most inventive artists, including recent performances with Warren Maxwell, Nathan Haines and the Topp Twins. Additionally, the APO is orchestra of choice for visiting international acts such as Diana Krall, Serj Tankian and Natalie Cole.
The APO promotes a vibrant arts culture by providing leadership and support. Through its numerous education, outreach and community initiatives the APO offers opportunities to more than 30,000 young people and adults nationwide to participate in music, ranging from hip-hop and rock to contemporary and classical. In 2011 the orchestra launched Sistema Aotearoa, the first music education programme in New Zealand to be based on El Sistema, one of the world’s most successful music and social development projects.
More than 100,000 people hear the orchestra live each year, with many thousands more reached through special events, other media and recordings on the APO Live and Naxos music labels.
Most APO concerts are broadcast live nationally and streamed online, allowing everyone the chance to share the excitement of a world-class performance.