The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) has launched its 2022 season announcing an impressive line-up, spanning the months of February to December 2022.


The opening performance on Thursday 17 February at Auckland Town Hall, with Maestro Bellincampi, will headline New Zealand born violinist Geneva Lewis in her official New Zealand debut. Daughter of kiwi tennis champion Chris Lewis, US-based Geneva is currently rated as one of the most exciting young violinists on the international stage. It will be a homecoming performance not to be missed!

The journey will continue with Giordano Bellincampi through the music of Nielsen, with Jonathan Cohen, the APO’s Principal Clarinet with a performance on Tuesday 24 February in the Great Hall at Auckland Town Hall.


Borodin’s opera Prince Igor on Tuesday 1 March and the world premiere work from award-winning composer Victoria Kelly explores one of the most ancient musical forms, the Requiem on Saturday 26 March, both at Auckland Town Hall.


The New Zealand Herald Premier Series - Dvořák Cello Concerto on Thursday 7 April at Auckland Town Hall.

The New Zealand debut of the much lauded 13-year-old Australian violin prodigy Christian Li on Thursday 21 April at Auckland Town Hall, will also be a particular highlight. The youngest to win the Yehudi Menuhin Competition at just 10 years old and Decca Classics youngest ever recording artist. New Zealand audiences can feel proud to know that his successes to date have been expertly guided by his teacher, kiwi violinist and renowned pedagogue Robin Wilson. 

APO 4 Kids in Space on Sunday 10 April.


The New Zealand Herald Premier Series - Tall Tales on Thursday 5 May and Santé! on Thursday 19 May, both at Auckland Town Hall.

Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No.2 on Tuesday 10 May at Auckland Town Hall.


Contemporary kiwi artistry will continue to be supported by the biggest band in town. On the eve of our newest public holiday, the APO will welcome in te tau hou Māori with a special Matariki concert, Ka Pō Ka Ao on Thursday 23 June at Auckland Town Hall, led by acclaimed composer/musician Rob Ruha, showcasing his special brand of haka soul.

July throughout the end of the year

In 2022 their attention will turn to Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

This Verdi celebration will showcase three awe-inspiring works, Verdi’s Requiem, II Trovatore, the APO’s popular Opera in Concert event offering, and New Zealand Opera’s production of Macbeth in September at Aotea Centre.

After the sell-out success of the 2021 Aretha concert, audiences in 2022 can look forward to being blown away by country-soul livewire Tami Neilson in a one-off powerhouse performance on Saturday 30 July at Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre.

The popular Film-in-Concert format also returns with the 1987 classic The Princess Bride and of course the youngest in APO’s audience whānau have not been forgotten either. All the usual APO 4 Kids events will be on offer throughout the year, alongside an enchanting orchestral presentation of the animated films Room on the Broom & Stick Man in October.

Visit the Auckland Philharmonia's website to see the full season and start booking now!

Last updated: 26 October 2021