The Jakarta Post
The Resonanz children's choir sings at a competition in Venice, Italy, where it won the Children and Youth Choir category and came out as the overall Winner of the Grand Prix. (HON/dok The Resonanz)
Indonesia’s Resonanz children's choir came out as the overall winner, or Winner of the Grand Prix, at the Claudio Monteverdi Choral Festival and Competition held in Venice, Italy.
The Resonanz beat other child choirs from countries like Romania and Slovakia in the event held from July 7 to July 10.
Led by conductor Devi Fransisca, the 42 children of The Resonanz won the competition after performing traditional Papuan song Yamko Rambe Yamko, rearranged by Agustinus Bambang Jusana, with dynamic and lively choreography in the final round.
At the same occasion, they also sang Táncnóta, a song by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály.
“The Resonanz amazed the jury and audience in the Santa Margherita auditorium. That could be seen from the standing ovation they gave the choir," said The Resonanz project manager Dani Dumadi in a press release on Sunday.
Aside from coming out as the overall winner, the choir was also named the first winner of the Children and Youth category in the competition with 94.5 points.
The competition is part of the choir’s concerts and competition tour dubbed the Musical Journey 2016. Prior to the contest, the choir held a concerts at Balai Resital Kertanegara in April as well as in Hannover and Berlin, Germany.
The Jakarta-based choir is under The Resonanz Music Studio led by Avip Priatna, one of Indonesia’s outstanding conductors. It was not the first international achievement for the troupe, which also won the 2015 Golden Gate International Choral Festival in San Fransisco, California, as well as international competitions in Hungary and Hong Kong. (rin)
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