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Ananda Sukarlan cements role in Spanish classical music

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 6 2020   /  02:30 am
Ananda Sukarlan (JP/Donny Fernando)(JP/Donny Fernando)

Ananda Sukarlan (JP/Donny Fernando)The first leg of the Rapsodia Nusantara concert tour in Makassar, South Sulawesi, had just come to an end early last month when pianist and composer Ananda Sukarlan got a phone call with a request he could not
decline.He had to return to his second home in Spain to chair a jury panel for the Reina Sofia Award for Music Composition, the biggest classical music award in Europe named after the Queen Mother Sofia.Ananda said he wouldn’t mind postponing a tour covering Surabaya in East Java, Bali and Jakarta to honor the Queen Mother Sofia, who had supported his music and Spanish classical music in general.“Her Majesty came to my concerts before she abdicated. We had some discussions and she had great new ideas of how music could serve the disabled and also as a form of diplomacy and communication,” the maestro, who lives with Asperger syndrome, to...