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Iskandar Widjaja-Hadar: Flying fingers

  • Julie Shingleton

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 18 2010   /  11:14 am

Courtesy of Iskandar Widjaja-HadarWhen violinist Iskandar Widjaja-Hadar performed for the first time in Indonesia five years ago, spectators flouted classical music etiquette, clapping after every trick, even screaming. They just couldn’t get enough.

The same happened when he played César Franck’s Violin Sonata, at Goethe Haus on Oct 2. The audience simply loved him, applauding when pieces weren’t over yet. Some concertgoers have since sent him love letters and made flowers for him out of paper.

But wait a minute. Iskandar is not a pop phenomenon. The now 24-year-old accomplished soloist, born to Indonesian parents but brought up in Berlin, spends his days with the likes of Vivaldi, Beethoven and Brahms. His instrument is a 1793 F. Geissenhof from Vienna.

So, why the emotional outburst for a violinist’s éclat in this day and age?

His easy-on-the-eye...