So, 10. Sep 2017 - 19:00 Uhr

Iskandar Widjaja, Violin & Mélodie Zhao, Klavier

Tickets: ab 19 EUR


Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita für Cello Solo in D-Moll

Sergej Rachmaninov
Cellosonate – transcription für Violine und Klavier

Franz Liszt
Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 2

Peter Tschaikowski
Valse sentimentale

Fritz Kreisler

Robert Schumann

Cesar Cui

Eugene Ysaÿe
Reve d'enfant

Li Zili
Fishermen song

Camille Saint-Saens
Danse macabre

Iskandar Widjaja, Violine
Mélodie Zhao, Klavier

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©. He collaborates with the premiere-league of classical artists, such as Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Rolando Villazon and Fazil Say. The current season sees debuts with some of Germanys top Orchestras: the Konzerthausorchestra Berlin, the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin and recordings for a new album with works by Robert Schumann in collaboration with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach as a pianist and conductor. Recital Debuts lead to Hong Kong (City Hall), Manila and Jakarta with his partner Itamar Golan.

Reviews of his recent tour with the Tchaikovsky concerto rave about his "hypnotic intensity and beguiling silky sound... he can create colours which are rarely heard. Iskandar Widjaja – a name to watch."

Highlights of the last season were 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 , 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).


Swiss of Chinese origin, Mélodie Zhao was born in September 1994 in Gruyères into a musical family. She began studying piano at age 3 with Jiaquan Chen, professor at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music of China. At 9, she entered the Geneva Conservatory under the instruction of Mayumi Kameda-Balet and at 13, began studying under Pascal Devoyon at Geneva Music University where she obtained her Bachelor and Soloist Master Degrees with the highest honors. She continues her studies with Pascal Devoyon in Berlin UdK and takes advices from Paul Badura-Skoda. She recorded Chopin’s 24 Etudes at 13 and Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes at 16. Between 17 and 19, she recorded Beethoven’s complete 32 sonatas and in 2013, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – a release that obtained a Diapason 5. She played with orchestras such as Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tchaikovsky Symphony, Zurich Chamber, China National, Shanghai Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber, etc. and conductors such as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Lu Jia, Gustav Kuhn, Max Pommer, Michail Jurowski. Mélodie Zhao develops her composition skills with Jean-Claude Schlaepfer and Nicolas Bacri.


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