So, 10. Sep 2017 - 19:00 Uhr

Iskandar Widjaja, Violin & Mélodie Zhao, Klavier

Tickets: ab 19 EUR

 

Sergej Rachmaninov
Cellosonate – transcription für Violine und Klavier

Peter Tschaikowski
Valse sentimentale

Fritz Kreisler
Liebesleid

Robert Schumann
Romanze

Cesar Cui
Orientale

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).

 

Mélodie Zhao began studying the piano at age three. She studied first at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, with Jiaquan Chen until age nine. In 2004, she entered the Geneva Conservatory under the instruction of Mayumi Balet-Kameda and at 13 began working toward her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with Pascal Devoyon at the Geneva University of Music. At the age of 14, she gained her bachelor’s degree with highest honours; she also received the François Dumont Prize for the best interpretation of a Beethoven sonata. At age 16, she was awarded a Master Soloist Diploma with distinction, as well as the Georges Filipinetti and Carola Pajonk prizes for the musician with the highest and most refined musical sensitivity. At the same time, Mélodie Zhao was a Soloist with Migros Pour-cent culturel from 2009 to 2011. She continues her studies with Pascal Devoyon at the Berlin University of the Arts.

After a first stage performance at age six in Beijing, Mélodie Zhao gave her first complete solo recital at age ten in Geneva. The same year, she performed as soloist with an orchestra. At 13, she performed as soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra directed by Muhai Tang, as well as with Belgorod Symphonic Orchestra from Russia. At 14, she played Chopin’s Concerto Nr.2 at Victoria Hall with Geneva Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Hervé Klopfenstein, as well as collaborated with Swiss Camerata and Divertimento string orchestra. She performed as well with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, etc…

At the age of 14, after being invited to give a master class, she became Guest Professor at the Music Faculty of the University of Shengli in China.

Mélodie Zhao is also known for her compositions, which are played now and then, especially in China and Switzerland. She wrote a Piano Sonata on the theme of Springs, given for the first time in Jinan… It received a standing ovation when it was premiered in Europe and her achievement has featured on numerous radio and television programmes.

 

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