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 LOTTO promotional prize winner 2013 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 ensembles such  as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Konzerthausorchestra Berlin , the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt , the Berliner Camerata ,Collegium Musicum Basel, the Jakarta Philharmonic Orchestra and others ,  at venues like the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen, Konzerthalle Bamberg,Casino Basel, 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), "Movimentos"(DE), "Moritzbug"(DE), "Dresdener Musikfestspiele"(DE), “Valdres Sommersymfoni”(NO), “Festival de St. Prex”(CH), "LUNA Classics"(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.

David Foster invited Iskandar to perform with him in Jakarta in 2012.

In September 2014 Iskandar opened the Davis Cup in Geneva with a performance of his single "Burn" to  a live audience of 18.500 in the Palexpo Hall Geneva. The performances was broadcasted live in 101 territories by 29 broadcasters.

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.

His charity event "Musik yang Membebaskan" in collaboration with KOMPAS Gramedia, indonesias premier newspaper, sponsored musical instruments and instructions for streetchildren.

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,the Strad,pizzicato magazine and was named "CD of the month" by Rondo magazine.

Additionally ,Iskandar plays Tango with his Trio "CAYAO". Their debut album was released in October 2014.

Furthermore, Iskandar has been the face for Indonesias high end coffee brand „JJ Royal“ as a brand ambassador and TV commercial model for three years. He has been on the cover of indonesias „High End“ magazine, fashion-tv magazine, the Jakarta post, to name a few. Photoshoots for cosmopolitan, inStyle or mens folio magazines round out his profile as a modern classical violinist.

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


7. April 2015

Lunch Concert

Foyer of Berlin Philharmonic Hall


12. April 2015


Private Event
by Orpheum Foundation

22. April 2015

Pianosalon Christophori

Recital with Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Schumann : Sonata Nr.2 for Violin and Piano d minor
Bach: Sonata E Major BWV 1016 for Violin and Piano
Schumann : Fantasiestücke
Bach/Schumann: Chaconne from Partita d minor

23. April 2015

Pianosalon Christophori

Recital with Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Schumann : Sonata Nr.2 for Violin and Piano d minor
Bach: Sonata E Major BWV 1016 for Violin and Piano
Schumann : Fantasiestücke
Bach/Schumann: Chaconne from Partita d minor

25. April 2015


Private event

16. May 2015

Movimentos Festival


"Move on up"

with Berlin Camerata

Bach: Concerto g
Bach: Chaconne
Bach: Concerto a
Bach: Aria"Erbarme dich,mein Gott" arr.for Violin and Cello

28. May 2015

Dresdener Musikfestspiele


6. June 2015

Classical Music Festival Bandung

Kota Baru

Violin Recital with Christine Utomo,piano

Schumann, Wieniawski, Gershwin

7. June 2015

Classical Music Festival Bandung

Kota Baru

J.Williams: Theme from Schindlers List , "Tango por una cabeza"
J.Massenet: Meditation

with PCMF Orchestra
Gerd Müller Lorenz, conductor


Masterclass with students from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia

10. June 2015

Indonesia Tour-Semarang

with Teguh Sukaryo,piano
Sietse-Jan Weijenberg,cello
works by Pärt,Gershwin,Martinu,Shostakovich

11. June 2015



13. June 2015


15. June 2015


16. June 2015


Erasmus Huis

17. June 2015


20. June 2015

Valdres Sommersymfoni

Festival, June 20-28th

Teaching, concerts, chamber music

with Ernst Simon Glaser,cello
the Vertavo Quartet a.o.

Including a special performace
"Bach in the Club" at Fagernes
Gershwin,Bach Concerti a,g,Vieuxtemps a.o.

4. July 2015

Paris Fashion Week

Bach at Didit Hediprasetyo Show

8. July 2015

Klangwerkstatt Bad Kissingen

with Melvyn Tan, Piano
Kian Soltani, Cello

17. July 2015

Bad Kissingen Festival

Tchaikovski Violin Concerto

Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Christoph Eschenbach ,conductor
Iskandar Widjaja, violin

18. July 2015

Kloster Chorin

Tchaikovski Violin Concerto
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Iskandar Widjaja, violin

29. August 2015

LUNA Classics

Nyon, switzerland
with Gautier Capucon
"From Bach to Piazzolla"

30. August 2015

LUNA Classics

Nyon, switzerland
with Gautier Capucon
"From Bach to Piazzolla"

13. September 2015



26. September 2015


Usedom Musikfestival

28. September 2015

Kammermusikfestival Berlin

with Oliver Kern, Piano

Beethoven, Reger, Strauss

1. October 2015

Indonesia Tour

October 1.-8.
with Oliver Kern
Beethoven ,Mendelssohn

20. October 2015

Kammermusikfestival Ahrenshoop

with Oliver Kern a.o.

14. November 2015

Late night classics


27. May 2016

Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin

Berlin Philharmonic Hall


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