Iskandar Widjaja

Violin

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»Iskandar Widjaja with his furious violin, animated with urgency and fire and highly sensitive lyricism. It is very unique playing with splinters and disruptions, with intangible and crackling sounds. It’s his complexity of style, which is remarkable.«

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Biography

Labeled both as “Worldclass-Violinist” (Stuttgarter Zeitung) and “Rockstar” (The Jakarta Post), Iskandar Widjaja connects worlds. The son of Arabic-Dutch and Chinese-Indonesian parents grew up with high-caliber classical music and has performed as a soloist with internationally most renowned ensembles such as the Deutsches Symphonieorchester and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Munich, Warsaw and Shanghai Philharmonics, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna or the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Simultaneously, he has developed a parallel showbiz career in east Asia, with regular TV appearances, commercial endorsement contracts, brand-ambassador duties and “trending topic” status (most mentioned term) on Twitter.

He entered the Berlin “Hanns Eisler” conservatoire as an extraordinary student at the age of eleven. Awarded many international prizes even as a teenager and while studying, he now collaborates with the great names of classical music such as Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Rolando Villazón, David Foster, Itamar Golan and Fazil Say. He is also often to be seen at mass-media events like Miss World or Miss Earth, the Davis Cup, EXPO in Milan, the Fashion Week in Paris or the world premiere in Vienna’s Konzerthaus of the suite for violin and orchestra “Across the Stars” from Star Wars.

In addition to the traditional repertoire, he created the concept-concert “Bach&ZEN” in collaboration with a ZEN-Master and also works as a composer and songwriter. His compositions cannot be narrowed down to one genre, but combine influences of film music, baroque, pop and hiphop.

Iskandar is strongly committed to educational projects for children in the Asian Pacific region, typically in collaboration with UNICEF or the WWF. Supported by KOMPAS Gramedia, Indonesia’s biggest media group, and the “besharp foundation” he organizes charity events to finance musical instruments and instruction for orphans, street-, and schoolchildren.

His personality and energy are aptly summed up by the string players’ house magazine The Strad, in the following words: “Iskandar Widjaja, a true force of nature.”

He plays the “Stephens” 1690 Stradivari and an 1875 JB Vuillaume.

Videos

News

'Mercy' in Papenburg

Iskandar Widjaja gave a concert performance with his band at the Statdhalle Papenburg in October.
The Ems newspaper reports:
Iskandar Widjaja is thrilling. The violinist with cosmopolitan roots [...] knows how to overcome barriers, also in music. Widjaja's playing is fluid, [...] of remarkable energy and with a strong instinct for the overarching. His meditative reflection on the essentials of art is bouncy and moving forward [...].
Widjaja and band give their all, always mastering the sometimes highly virtuosic demands of the different scores. They ignite a colorful violin lightning, sometimes sounding jazzy and grooving, sometimes rocky and pounding, or even deeply absorbed. Widjaja's own creations prove to be effective treasures, reminding sometimes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and sometimes of Astor Piazzolla. Widjaja begins to sing and thus reaches the last hearts in the hall. An evening full of emphasis, great feelings and the most diverse interpretations of classical and popular music.

Hip Hop Symphony

Iskandar Widjaja has just released his latest single "Hip Hop Symphony". Within the first week, the song has been streamed over a quarter of a million times on YouTube.
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