Iskandar’s delivery was nothing short of spectacular, and was greeted initially with stunned silence from his awe-struck audience. Few, I doubt, will have witnessed a classical musician of his standard, and this was something very special. His touch was almost passionate, bow movement fluid, fingering precise and his tone subtle yet stirring.
The Jakarta Post, August 2012
Iskandar Widjaja […] emerges as a true force of nature. […] Without in any way losing the structural focus and grip […] he plays with a Grappelli-like fantasy and freedom, that is deeply beguiling. […] There is no doubting the hypnotic intensity of the results, nor Widjaja’s engrossing imperativeness
The Strad, December 2011
Iskandar Widjaja is regarded as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation. The “musical complexity of his playing style, his wide imagination with all it's finest nuances and facets of sound, impeccable technique and great charisma”(Mo.Christoph Eschenbach) have been praised by colleagues and media equally. His extremely wide-ranging repertory has a particular focus on the works of J.S. Bach.
In Indonesia, Iskandar is being perceived as a “Pop”-phenomenon, his TV appearances have resulted in a trending topic status (most mentioned term) on twitter©.
Highlights of the 2013/14 season include his debut with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach at the “Kissinger Summer Festival”, Debut with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta , as well as Recitals at Munich Gasteig and at the “Rheingau Musikfestival”.
Iskandar is the most recent recipient of the LOTTO promotion prize from “Rheingau Musikfestival”, awarded annually to one outstanding soloist of the “next generation” scheme. In the Jury-statement it says :”Among the many young talents from all over the world, Iskandar Widjaja convinces with technical perfection and absolute authenticity. His playing is characterized by a rare artistic imagination and freedom ,which is emotionally infectious. His particularly nonchalant and refreshing interpretations lead the listener into a special sound experience. Iskandar Widjaja's playing and his honest ,sympathetic presence go straight to the heart of the listeners."
In 2013 he was also accepted to the soloist advancement program of the Orpheum Foundation ,switzerland providing high profile Orchestra concerts for the upcoming seasons. Furthermore he won the Gold Medal of the First International Hindemith Violin Competition, First Prize in the German national competition “Jugend musiziert”, “Best Bach” and “Best Beethoven” sonatas in the XXI Concorso Violinistico Internazionale Andrea Postacchini ,the “Julius Junior – Young Talent” category prize awarded by Berlin’s Mayor to outstanding city personalities as well as scholarships from the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”.
Iskandar’s activities as a soloist have taken him to five continents. He has performed with such ensembles as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Berliner Camerata , the Jakarta Philharmonic Orchestra and others , and played at venues like the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen, Konzerthalle Bamberg, Aula Simfonia Jakarta ,Hong Kong City Hall , Guangzhou Opera House or the Tel Aviv Opera House .
He has concertized repeatedly at such renowned festivals as the “Kissinger Summer” (DE) , “Valdres Sommersymfoni”(NO) , “Festival de St. Prex”(CH) ,”Styriarte”(AT) “Music Festival Phnom Penh”(KH) ,Interlochen Arts Festival”(US) and “Keshet Eilon”(IL) and was invited to tour South-East Asia by the Goethe Institute.
Furthermore he has played charity concerts for Haiti( “Berlin hilft Haiti”, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, released by Sony classical) or the Unicef ( Check out for children, “ An evening with Iskandar Widjaja”, Nusa Dua-Bali) and is member of “Live music now e.V.” ,an organization, which brings classical music to hospitals , homes for the disabled or prisons.
Iskandar Widjaja received valuable artistic impulses from Dora Schwarzberg, Christian Tetzlaff, Shlomo Mintz, Midori and Ida Haendel. He has also conducted master classes at the Pelita Harapan University in Jakarta, at the Valdres festival ,Norway and at the “Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta”(College for Music).
Iskandar played the opening act at the APEC CEO Summit 2013 in Bali preceding the opening speech of President Yudhoyono. Futhermore he performed at the opening of the ITB( International tourism fair) for Chancellor Merkel and President Yudhoyono.
Born in Berlin, Iskandar began playing violin at the age of four, at first with the Suzuki method under Susan Mann. At eleven, he was accepted as an extraordinary student at the College of Music in Berlin, where he studied with Ursula Scholz and Joachim Hantzschk. Furthermore he studied at the Julius Stern Institute Berlin– the pre-college division for the highly musically gifted. After completing secondary school, he studied violin at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Prof. Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Prof. Ilan Gronich, which he completed in 2010.
His Debut CD “Bach ‘n’ Blues” was released worldwide by OehmsClassics in 2011 to great critical acclaim by press and recommendation by bavarian-, hesse-, and northgerman broadcast.
His second album , recorded with the Berliner Camerata ,is scheduled for release in early 2014.
He plays a Franciscus Geissenhof violin from 1793.