Iskandar Widjaja

a true force of nature.
The Strad, December 2011
Iskandar Widjaja on stage

Curriculum Vitae

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 considered one of the most interesting violinists of the younger generation. The “complexity of his style, his musical imagination with the most varied sonic nuances and facets, as well as his flawless technique and great charisma” [Maestro C. Eschenbach] are praised by colleagues and the media alike. His extremely wide-ranging repertoire is especially focussed on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In his second homeland of Indonesia, he is perceived like a “pop” phenomenon; his medial presence already resulted there in a “trending topic” status (most frequently named term) on twitter©. Highlights of the 2013/14 season are his debut with the Munich Philharmonic under Christoph Eschenbach at the festival Kissingen Summer and the Munich Gasteig, his debut under Zubin Mehta with the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Firenze at the Tonhalle in Zurich , concerts at the Leipzig Gewandhaus with the Berlin Camerata, with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta at HK City Hall, as well as solo recitals at the Munich Gasteig and the Rheingau Music Festival. Iskandar is the current LOTTO promotional prize winner of the Rheingau Music Festival, a prize awarded annually to a young soloist of the "next generation"scheme. The jury’s explanation was as follows:

“Amongst the many young talents from all over the world, Iskandar Widjaja convinced us with his technical perfection and absolute authenticity. His playing is of an artistic imagination and freedom that can only be rarely experienced; it sweeps the listener away emotionally. His especially unforced and refreshing interpretations unavoidably lead to a special sonic experience on the part of the listener. Iskandar Widjaja plays directly into the hearts of his audience with his honest, sympathetic radiance.”

In addition, he won the gold medal at the 1st International Hindemith Violin Competition, the First Federal Prize at “Jugend Musiziert” (YouthMaking Music) a number of times, “Best Bach”and “Best Beethoven Sonata” at the 21st Concorso Violinistico Internazionale Andrea Postacchini, the “Julius Junior” in the category “Young Talent” awarded under the patronage of the Mayor of Berlin to outstanding personalities in municipal life, as well as stipends of the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” (German Foundation for Musical Life)

 

 In 2013 he was accepted into the soloist advancement programme “Orpheum Foundation” by recommendation of Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach; this programme arranges high calibre orchestral concerts for the upcoming season.

Iskandar’s activities as a soloist have taken him to five continents. Engagements lead to performances with ensebles such  as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Konzerthausorchestra Berlin , the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Macendonian State Opera, the Berliner Camerata , the Jakarta Philharmonic Orchestra and others ,  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.

Iskandar opened the APEC Summit (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 2013. Among the invited guests of the opening ceremony were President Obama, President Yudhoyono and other asian leaders. At the opening of the ITB 2013(international tourism fair) with Chancellor Merkel and President Yudhoyono ,he was invited to musically represent the official partner country Indonesia.

Furthermore, Iskandar Widjaja is musically committed to charitable organisations such as the WWF and Live Music Now e.V. His exclusive charity concert in Bali for the UNICEF supported educational opportunities for children in the Asia-Pacific region.

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 colleges and festivals of Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Valdres/Norway.

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 ,"precious refuge-works by J.S.Bach", recorded with the Berliner Camerata ,was released in April 2014 with notable reviews and recommendations by FonoForum,NDR, BR Klassik,Deutschlandradio Kultur,pizzicato and was named "CD of the month" by Rondo magazine.

He plays a Franciscus Geissenhof violin from 1793 and a Stradivarius from 1734, kindly on loan by Florian Leonhard.

Concerts

14. August 2014

Moritzburg Festival

Moritzburg Lutheran Church
W. A. Mozart String Quintet C major K.515
Iskandar Widjaja, Violin
Timothy Chooi, Violin
Barbara Buntrock, Viola
Vicki Powell, Viola
Natalie Clein, Cello

Veranstaltungs-Website
15. August 2014

Moritzburg Festival

Moritzburg Castle, Monströsensaal / Schlossküche
S. Barber Dover Beach op. 3 for Baritone and String Quartet
Peter Schöne, Baritone
Mira Wang, Violin
Iskandar Widjaja, Violin
Vicki Powell, Viola
Guy Johnston, Cello

F. Schubert Piano Quintet A major D667 - „Trout Quintet“
Martin Stadtfeld, Piano
Iskandar Widjaja., Violin
Barbara Buntrock, Viola
Natalie Clein, Cello
Janne Saksala, Double Bass

16. August 2014

Moritzburg Festival

Frauenkirche, Dresden
J. S. Bach The Art of Fugue

Iskandar Widjaja., Violin
Roberto Diaz, Viola
Jan Vogler, Cello
Guy Johnston, Cello
Martin Stadtfeld, Piano
Marie Bäumer, Speaker
a.o.

17. August 2014

Moritzburg Festival

Moritzburg Castle, Monströsensaal
W. A. Mozart Piano Quartet E flat major K.493
Oliver Triendl, Piano
Iskandar Widjaja, Violin
Hartmut Rohde, Viola
Guy Johnston, Cello

A. Schönberg Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte op. 41 for String Quartet,
Piano and Reciter

4. September 2014

Tonhalle Zürich

Orchestra Maggio Musicale
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Iskandar Widjaja,violin

Max Bruch: Violinconcerto g minor

organized by Orpheum foundation

7. September 2014

Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin

CAYAO, CD pre release

sponsored by Delonghi

19. September 2014

Eröffnungkonzert der Saison 14/15

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
GMD Howard Griffith

Beehoven Violinkonzert D-Dur

Konzerthalle C.Ph.E.Bach, Frankfurt/Oder

20. September 2014

Eröffnungkonzert der Saison 14/15

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
GMD Howard Griffith
Beethoven Violinkonzert D-Dur

Potsdam, Nikolaisaal

14. November 2014

Collegium Musicum Basel

Kevin Griffith,conductor
Iskandar Widjaja,violin

Beethoven Violin Concerto

3. December 2014

World Cancer Conference Melbourne

with Ben Kim, piano

Melody for life

14. December 2014

Grand Hotel Bensberg

Max Bruch Violinkonzert

29. December 2014

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Bach : Violinkonzerte g moll, d moll
Vivaldi: Doppelkonzert
Berliner Camerata

11. January 2015

Philharmonie Essen

Recital Bach and Opera

Bach: Sonata E Major for Violin and Piano
Bach :Chaconne
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Wieniawski: Faust Fantasy
Frolov/Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Ernst: Rondo Papageno

with Miki Aoki, piano

25. January 2015

Recital Herdecke

Rectial Bach and Opera

with Miki Aoki,piano


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