Bongani Ndodana-Breen


“Mr. Ndodana is not a raw talent; he is a talent and, possesses a clear and gentle voice of his own..”

— New York Times

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About Bongani Ndodana-Breen

Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music and vocal music. According to The New York Times his “delicately made music - airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted - has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.” Performers around the world have performed his music including the Minnesota Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Kwa Zulu-Natal Philharmonic, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, New York City’s Vox Vocal Ensemble, New Julliard Ensemble, Juventas Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music Toronto, Chicago’s Cube Ensemble, Avalon String Quartet and Ossia.

Le compositeur Bongani Ndodana-Breen a écrit un large éventail de types d'œuvres musicales incluant des œuvres symphoniques, des opéras, de la musique de chambre et de la musique vocale. Selon le New York Times sa “musique délicatement conçue - aérienne, spacieuse, d’une complexité terrible, mais dont le raffinement n’est jamais excessif - a beaucoup à apprendre aux fins experts de la modulation métrique et des rythmes superposés à propos de la grâce et de l’équilibre.” Des musiciens de partout à travers le monde ont interprété sa musique, notamment le Minnesota Orchestra, le Belgian National Orchestra, l’Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, l’Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, le Vancouver Opera Orchestra, la Symphony Nova Scotia, le Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, le Kwa Zulu-Natal Philharmonic, le Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, le Johannesburg Philharmonic, le Cape Town Philharmonic, le New York City’s Vox Vocal Ensemble, le New Julliard Ensemble, le Juventas Ensemble, le Continuum Contemporary Music Toronto, le Cube Ensemble de Chicago, l’Avalon String Quartet et Ossia.

Selected works


“It was a night for ovations, since the work that opened the programme also garnered a storm of applause for composer, soloist, conductor and orchestra.” 

—  Cape Times,


“The opening night of Winnie the Opera, by South African-born composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen, won a standing ovation, but the biggest cheer of the night was for Mrs Madikizela-Mandela herself, as she took to the stage saying the moment had “surpassed all previous accolades.” 

—  The Guardian,


“Mr. Ndodana is not a raw talent; he is a talent and, at 31, possesses a clear and gentle voice of his own.” 

—  New York Times,





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