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Jakarta Post

Iskandar Widjaja celebrates each note with ‘Mercy’

  • Marcel Thee


Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  03:30 am
Iskandar Widjaja (Courtesy of Iskandar Widjaja)

Iskandar Widjaja is one of Indonesia’s most successful musical exports and on his new album Mercy, the 32-year-old violinist continues on a path that will certainly introduce even more listeners to his music.Though he was born and lives in Berlin, Iskandar has deep roots in Indonesian music. His grandfather is Udin Widjaja, a highly respected musician who made a name for himself during the reign of first Indonesian president Sukarno. Udin passed away in 2004.Iskandar has won multiple awards for his violin playing, including taking home a gold medal at the first International Hindemith Violin Competition. He has also toured the world, with performances in countries such as Germany, naturally — but also Austria, Australia, Hong Kong and Indonesia.Mercy showcases Iskandar’s blend of classical and modern music. It features his interpretation of some of his favorite compositions, improv...