Our Conductors


Daniel Boico – Associate Guest Conductor


Described by critics as “Dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative – an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique” conductor Daniel Boico is the newly appointed Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban. His innate musical sensitivity paired with a keen ear and deep musicianship have produced exciting performances with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.  As Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, 2009-2011, Boico lead all of the Philharmonic’s popular Young People’s Concerts, among other concerts, covering 30 weeks in each season, including all tours.  His debut with the New York Philharmonic took place in 2009, sharing the podium with Riccardo Muti, and was followed by his subscription debut in April 2011, when he replaced Kurt Masur on short notice in what the New York Times called “a smoldering performance” of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: A dedication to Mary and Martha for two violas and orchestra.

Daniel Boico served as Cover Conductor on Chicago Symphony’s Asia tour to Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Seoul.  Boico was editor, producer and conductor in a recording project of composer Karen LeFrak’s orchestral and chamber music, recorded at the old Melodiya recording studio in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the Saint Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier in his career, Boico was Music Director of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Illinois, and the Skokie Concert Choir, as well as staff conductor at the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor to Cliff Colnot of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Boico was also Visiting Professor and Director of Orchestras at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, and has served as cover conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony.  Boico was an Apprentice Conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he worked closely with, and was assistant to then Music Director Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez and Zubin Mehta.

Daniel Boico also has extensive experience in music administration, planning and programming, having worked as executive assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and for Chicago Symphony Presents, and as Manager of Artistic Administration of the New York Philharmonic.

Born in Israel to musician parents and raised in both Paris and the United States (Boico’s father, Fima Boico, was concertmaster of Orchestra de Paris and is the second violinist of the Fine Arts Quartet) Boico was initially trained as a singer before joining  the class of legendary Russian conducting professor Ilya Musin at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia.

 Since 1995, Boico has performed in world renown halls such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Chicago’s Symphony Center, War Memorial Opera House of San Francisco, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Meistersinger Halle in Nurnberg, Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Auditorium, Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Palace and Nezahualcoyotl hall, and the Tchaikovsky Concert Halls in Moscow, with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, National Orchestras of Mexico and Costa Rica, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the KZN and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras.

Daniel Boico was a finalist and prizewinner at the Prokofiev, Pedrotti, and Cadaques International Conducting Competitions and has collaborated with such fine soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuliana Avdeeva, Luis Magalhaes, Hrachya Avanesyan, Nina Schumann, Shai Wosner, Aviram Reichert, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, James Ehnes, Pablo Sainz-Villegas, Maximilian Hornung, Leonard Elschenbroich, Andreas Ottensamer, Alissa Margulis and Alexander Buzlov. As an educator of young musicians, Boico has worked with high school All-State ensembles in New York and California and works regularly with the DePaul and Bloomington (Indiana) University Symphony Orchestras.  Equally at home with contemporary music, world premieres have included works by Nino Rota, Steven Gerber, David Winkler, Karen LeFrak, Hilda Paredes, Carlos Escalante, and Eddie Mora.

Boico has recorded a premiere recording of Nino Rota’s two cello concerti with Dimitry Yablonsky and I Virtuosi Italiani for the Chandos label, Der Mondbach II by Andres Alcalde for cello and double string quartet with cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia for the Eroica Classical Recordings label, as well as Statue Dance from Pavlovsk, a ballet in 3 tableaux by Karen LeFrak for the American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II Company. Boico has also recorded Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1 with the Nürnberger Symphoniker for Bayerische Rundfunk.

Recent engagements include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the OFUNAM Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City, Lodz Philharmonic, Poland, Kaohsiung Symphony, Taiwan, Princeton Symphony, Symphoria of Syracuse and the Chautauqua Music Festival. Upcoming engagements include the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, residencies with the DePaul and Bloomington (Indiana) University Symphony Orchestras, a tour to Germany and Italy with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, as well as a debut with the Vancouver Symphony, Washington.


Lykele Temmingh – Resident Conductor


Lykele Temmingh was born in the Netherlands and raised in South Africa. After completing his B.Mus. (Performers) at the University of Stellenbosch he began his career as a violinist with orchestras in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban. He joined the second violin section of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra during its inaugural season in 1983 and was later appointed co-principal of the section. In 1991 he was appointed as the orchestra’s assistant conductor. In the same year he was the recipient of the SAA Performing Arts Award for his services to music.

As both assistant and freelance conductor, he has conducted a wide range of music: educational programmes, symphony concerts, outdoor popular programmes, major choral works, opera and ballet. The numerous musicals he has conducted include The Sound of Music, Showboat, Evita, Oliver, Annie and The Wizard of Oz.

Now as a resident conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Temmingh appears regularly on the orchestra’s concert podium. In 2004 he proudly accepted the role of selector and conductor of the National Youth Concerto Festival. Temmingh was appointed Artistic Director and conductor of the KZN Youth Orchestra in 2006.

Naum Rousine – Resident Conductor Emeritus


Before immigrating to South Africa in 1992, Russian-born conductor-violinist Naum Rousine held posts as conductor at the Kazan Opera House in Russia, assistant conductor with the Kazan Philharmonic and lecturer in operatic conducting at the Kazan State Conservatory. In South Africa he joined the KZN Philharmonic and his debut as a conductor was with the 1994 premiere of his own Flute Concerto. The following year he was invited to conduct Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with the Cape Town City Ballet.

The scope of his work encompasses chamber, symphonic, ballet, musicals, operatic and choral works, as well as education and development programmes with the KZN Philharmonic. He has scored great success in vocal repertoire including Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Hymn of Praise, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Haydn’s Creation. He also conducted sold out performances of Handel’s Messiah for the Playhouse Company in Durban.

Highlights of his career have included all- Beethoven and all-Tchaikovsky programmes, and a memorable performance of Ravel’s Bolero during the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series. He accompanied the Orchestra on its tour to Europe and conducted a performance of Zizi Lethu! Themba Lethu! in the St Ansgarii Cathedral in Bremen. He has been on the podium for sell-out performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem at the Mariannhill Cathedral, and he lead the KZN Philharmonic, choir and soloists in four performances of Bravo! A Night at the Opera at the Playhouse Opera Theatre. Other appearances include conducting a ballet with the SA Ballet Theatre Company and Cape Town City Ballet. He is a familiar figure with the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series and various outdoor concerts.