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 Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Macendonian State Opera, 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), “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.

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.

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.

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

Concerts

12. December 2014

Villa Zanders-Igler Hof

Hauskonzert Bergisch Gladbach

mit Ben Kim, Klavier

Bach, Gershwin, Wieniawski

13. December 2014

Charity Gala

Köln, Dorint Hotel

14. December 2014

Grand Hotel Bensberg

Max Bruch Violinkonzert

16. December 2014

Cayao

Vittoria, Spain

18. December 2014

Pianogalerie Berlin

mit Ben Kim, Klavier

Werke von Bach, WIeniawski, Gershwin, Ernst

Veranstaltungs-Website
29. December 2014

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

POSTPONED TO MAY 2015

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

31. December 2014

Paris

Private Concert

with Christoph Eschenbach
Schumann, Bach

9. January 2015

Pianosalon Christophori

with Miki Aoki,piano

works by Bach,Gershwin, Wieniawski and Ernst

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


www.doerken-stiftung.de

9. February 2015

Munich

Private event

28. March 2015

Lausanne

Beau rivage,
private event

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

Munich

Private event

16. May 2015

Movimento Festival

Wolfsburg

with Ben KIm ,PIano
Kreisler, Händel,Tartini

20. June 2015

Valdres Sommersymfoni

Festival, June 20-28th

Teaching, concerts, chamber music

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

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