Malaysian prodigy and piano virtuoso, Tengku Irfan, returns to Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) for the second time this year to present dazzling concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO).

After enthralling audience with his brilliant improvisation of ‘cadenzas’ in his début concerts with the MPO in 2009, Irfan has soared high and achieved the impossible; he became a prize winner at the Aspen Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 Competition, the ASCAP Charlotte Bergen and ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, and has collaborated with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, Sao Paulo State Youth Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra and Estonian National Symphony.

Classical music luminaries that have performed with him includes Neeme Järvi, Nikolai Alexeev, Evan Rogister, Claudio Cruz and Darrell Ang.
Tengku Irfan 2015 2

This will be Irfan’s tenth collaboration with the MPO after their performances on the DFP stage in 2009, 2011 (twice), 2013, 2015 and 2016, and tours to Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi in 2013. The MPO premiered his award-winning composition Sahibul Hikayat Fantasy Overture at DFP. His orchestral piece, Keraian, was premiered by the New York Philharmonic and his choral piece, Tragedi Dewi Suria, was premiered by the New York Virtuoso Singers. Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Sinfonieorchester commissioned Irfan to compose Vivacity premiered at the Leipzig Gewandhaus last year.

In 2015, Irfan made his conducting debut with the MusicNova Orchestra for the premiere of his string orchestral work, Nocturne. He conducted the premiere of his work, Pengembaraan Minda dan Kenyataan at the Lincoln Center, New York.

Described by The New York Times as ‘eminently cultured’ and possessing ‘sheer incisiveness and power’, the 19-year-old artist studies at The Juilliard School with a double major in Piano and Composition.

Irfan’s upcoming collaboration with the MPO are scheduled on Saturday, 30 September 2017 at 8.30 pm and Sunday, 1 October 2017 at 3.00 pm. He will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5, a grandeur work nicknamed ‘Emperor’. This is the last of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, premiered in Leipzig, Germany, in 1811.

The MPO will also perform a Malaysian work entitled Mercu Kegemilangan composed by Vivian Chua, fusing Malaysian themes with the Western classical form and harmony. Similarly, another work listed in the repertoire, Toru Takemitsu’s Requiem for String Orchestra, synthesizes both Western and oriental esthetics and techniques.

All concerts will be led by Naohisa Furusawa.

Be part of these exceptional music extravaganza, a brilliant showcase of true Malaysian virtuosity, only at DFP!

‘Beethoven’s Emperor’

Concert Details


Saturday, 30 September 2017 at 8.30 pm

Sunday, 1 October 2017 at 3.00 pm



Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS


Orchestra / Conductor / Soloist

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Naohisa Furusawa conductor

Tengku Irfan piano


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Premium: RM150, A Reserve: RM120, B Reserve: RM90, C Reserve: RM60

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