Welcome to Asia Region Suzuki Conference 2016

Welcome to the 6th Asia Region Suzuki Conference in Bali!. 

The Suzuki Music Association of Indonesia in honored to host this extraordinary event. It is our privilege to work together with other counties in the Asia region to bring Suzuki Method children, families and teachers together to celebrate learning and friendship through music in the unique cultural environment of Bali Indonesia. Although coming from many different countries, languages and cultures, we share the common language of music and the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believing that every child can learn and grow to become a fine noble human being who with others can create a better world. 

We look forward to a uniquely Asian experience while hailing the great repertoire of Classical Western music found in the Suzuki Method and beyond. The culture and arts of Indonesia will be highlights in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and in the children’s enrichment activities planned over the five day conference. We are gathering a faculty of skilled and experienced teachers from around the world to teach group lessons, master class lessons, rehearse orchestras and chamber groups as well as present workshops for teachers and parents. 

We hope that you will see this conference as a matchless opportunity for parents and children to enjoy time together as a family filled with meaningful educational and artistic experiences along with their teachers. Teachers come share your ideas, observe great teachers work with your students and network with others who love the Suzuki Method! 

See you June 2016 in Bali Indonesia!

-6th Asia Region Suzuki Conference Committee-

Evening Concert Series

~ Supporting Faculty ~

Herrick Ortiz
Herrick Ortiz is a member of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO). He first studied cello under his aunt Remedios Isleta, then with Eduardo Pasamba and Herminia Ilano.
He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Music under Prof. Wilfredo Pasamba and Eduardo Pasamba. As a student, he was a member of the Philippine Research for Developing Instrumental Soloists (PREDIS) and the Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO). Also, he won honorable mention at the 1999 National Music Competition for Young Artists. 

In 2004, he attended the Asia Suzuki Conference in Taiwan and studied under renowned Suzuki teacher trainers from Korea Prof. Hyun Minja and Professor Lee Si Ok. Currently, Herrick teaches Suzuki Cello at Green hills Music Studio and Philippine Suzuki Association (PSA) and already finished his Suzuki training under the supervision of ASA (Asia Suzuki Association)

Narwastu Art Community

The Narwastu Art Community is a loosely organized multiethnic group of musicians and dancers, painters, photographers, film makers, etc. in Bali who seek to build a participatory arts community. Short and long-term art projects become the locus for relationships to form as creativity, imagination and skill meet the requirements and inspiration of performances, workshops and directed study. This connectedness extends beyond the concert hall and studio to include all aspects of life as bonds of trust and friendship develop. Art events and initiatives act as a kind of glue or mortar in the community, reminding everyone of the potential of our unity, that we depend on each other to live and grow, even as the music, for example, depends on numerous people or components in order to be realized. A significant part of the artistic work is centered in a set of traditional Balinese instruments called gamelan. The Balinese gamelan and the dances that it accompanies is strongly supported within the Balinese community but also attracts people from around the globe who come to Bali for periods of months to years to study this unique and complex music. In addition to traditional Balinese music and dance involvement, Narwastu also is a place for the traditional music of other cultures to be explored and also for new music and contemporary dance to take shape. Narwastu has facilitated a number of small ensembles to form for short and long-term development. Like the gamelan, these ensembles bring together people for many different religious and cultural backgrounds. Narwastu initiatives are facilitated by Jonathan and Tina Bailey, Bali residents since 1996.

Rama Chobhe 

Rama was the pioneer Suzuki violin teacher in India and the founder of the Suzuki school of violin, Pune, started in July 2001.

Rama started playing violin in Hindustani(Indian) classical style at the age of five. Since 1994 she has been studying under the renowned violinist Mrs. Vidya Dengle from Delhi Gharana in the Guru-Shishya tradition. Rama was awarded a Gold medal for the Masters degree in Music from the Centre of Performing Arts, Pune University, where she is also working as a visiting faculty. Rama is the first Indian certified teacher from Suzuki Association of Americas.

Rama loves to present Hindustani violin performances and lecture demonstrations to the international audiences at the various suzuki conferences and also is training some students in this style in India.

Stieneke Voorhoeve-Poot

“Juffie Stieneke”, as children all over the world call her, is an experienced Dutch piano- and Suzuki violin/viola teacher, who graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She taught hundreds of children during the last 3 decades. 70 of her pupils are established price winning musicians on (their way to) the international concert stages or enjoy being/becoming a violin teacher themselves.

After graduating from the Classical Grammar school she earned a scholarship to Salem College in the USA. After her Music Education diploma in The Hague she studied Viola at Indiana University in Bloomington with Mimi Zweig who suggested Stieneke to become a Suzuki teacher.

In Holland she also graduated as a music therapist. Before her 3 children were born she taught singing, conducting and music theory in the Eurythmy Academy in The Hague, and recorders and general music in the Waldorf School. As a viola player she played Baroque viola under the baton of Sigiswald Kuyken and recently toured with the North Sea Symphony Orchestra in China and with The Haagse Beek in Greece.

Stieneke participated in many international Suzuki workshops and conventions with Dr Suzuki himself: Belgium (1983), Berlin (1987), Sweden (1988), St Andrews, England (1990) where she witnessed the honorary Promovation of Dr. Suzuki), Denmark (1992), Ireland (1995), Turin (2006), Japan (2013) and Davos (2015). Almost everywhere she was asked to be a piano accompanist.

During the last few years she taught Gypsy Music (arrangements by Herr Schaefer) in Holland, New York (Brooklyn College and School for Strings), Bloomington, townships and orphanages in Capetown and Pretoria (South Africa), and at the Indonesian Suzuki Institute.

WLID Seminar

An Introduction to Suzuki Method 

What is WLID?
Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) was a Japanese violin teacher who discovered an approach to learning music called the ‘Mother Tongue’ Method. Suzuki demonstrated that children as young as 3 years old can learn to play the violin in the same manner as learning language: with the care and love of the family, an environment of listening, encouragement and support, and step by step practice, performance and review of a repertoire of fine classical music. 

The ‘Where Love is Deep’ course is offered throughout the Asia region as an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. It is designed for parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, who would like to get an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. 

In addition to exploring the elements of the Suzuki approach and its far-reaching goals, it includes an introduction to learning styles, history of the development of Suzuki education, the role of parents, the importance of Suzuki pedagogical training, and an overview of the ARSO role in supporting teachers and parents. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program ‘Where Love is Deep’ includes video materials and provides each participant with useful reference materials and ideas for later study. For teachers, WLID serves as the first course in the Asia Region Suzuki Organization Teacher Development Program. 

Qualification to participate
High school graduation completed or within 6 months of graduation, plus age 17 or older. There are no instrument proficiency requirements. (No audition is required.) Participants will receive a certificate of participation and have be registered with SMAI and ARSO once successfully completed. 

When is the Seminar?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 starts at 09-00 - 16.00 at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC) The Westin Nusa Dua Bali

Who is the Speaker?
The Speaker is Ms. Bai Chi Chen, an ARSO Certified Cello Teacher Trainer. 

How about the cost?
Course Fee Rp. 500,000,-

Frequently Asked Questions

Asia Region Suzuki Conference 2016 

Is the Asia Region Suzuki Conference open only for Asian Participants? 
No. Asia Suzuki Conference 2016 opens for all teachers, parents and students from around the world learning with the Suzuki Method. Anyone is welcome to attend. 

What time does the Conference start exactly on the first day (Sunday, June 26, 2016)?
The conference starts officially with the Opening Ceremony on Monday June 27, 2016. At 09.00 the children need to preparation for the opening Ceremony. Registration and welcoming events are scheduled on Sunday June 26, 2016 and the schedule is flexible.
You can see our general schedule here:

What is the benefit for the parent in attending the conference?
(1) Thought provoking. 
Parent talks lead by guest faculty and experienced Suzuki teachers
“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.” Shinichi Suzuki
(2) Relationships. 
Quality time with your child/ family- shared learning experience
“When love is deep, much can be accomplished” Shinichi Suzuk
(3) Educational. 
Learning from other parents and teachers; informal sharing
“It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit”-Shinichi Suzuki
(4) Inspirational. 
Attending recitals and concerts by world class performers and young artists
“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty”- Shinichi Suzuki

Can I submit the Accommodations Form while waiting for my Group Registration?
Yes. You may submit the accommodations form to us at any time to reserve your rooms. Once we received your completed registration (individual or group registration), we will inform the total fees to be paid.

Is it compulsory that a child should be accompanied by an adult?
All children under 12 years old need to be under the supervision of an adult in order to attend. The conference committee is not responsible for the safety and supervision of the participants. 

What is ‘Current Piece’?
The current piece that you register is the one that your child is currently learning. You will have the opportunity to UPDATE the current piece 6 weeks before the conference. We understand that this will change. 

What would the typical schedule be like for my child?

There are THREE classes daily which all students would attend:
(1) Musicianship Class (All Student Participants in Twinklers / Book 1), Orchestra (Strings Students Book 2 and up) or Gamelan Class (Piano Students Book 2 and up).
(2) Group Lesson (For Strings Students) by current piece - in this group of 10-20 children. Students will refine their technique, posture and musicianship through the study of recent Suzuki repertoire. For Piano Students, this will be a Master Class Lesson Group.
(3) Group Repertoire Lesson - these will be large groups of combined levels, taught by several teachers to refine musicianship and prepare for the Closing Ceremony concerts. Teachers use games and group activities to keep the songs fresh and interesting.  

-- Master Class
-- Recitals - Morning & Lunch Time (Free)
-- Enrichment Classes - (Gamelan, Gypsy Music and Musicianship). 
   Parents may drop off kids and attend a workshop or SECE.
-- Concerts - Evening Concerts
-- Parent Workshops

Example of a typical day of a violin / viola / cello student if participating in ALL activities!
08:30 - 09:15 Watch a morning recital
09:30 - 11:00 Orchestra, Musicianship Class, Gamelan.
11:00 - 12:00 Repertoire Group Class

12:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Watch a lunch time recital
14:00 - 15:30 Group Lesson
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Enrichment Classes, Master Classes (Parent may attend a lecture)
17:00 - 19:00 Dinner Break
19:00 - 20:30 Attend an Evening Concert

Do we need to bring our own cellos?
We have a limited number of cello rentals - please inform us if you are interested and the size of the cello you would need. 

Do I need to bring music stand? 
All participants need to bring music stands as we have limited stock in Bali. 

Will you have a Music shop during the conference?

Please bring an extra set of strings, rosin and other accessories. 

Wonder if my child is learning 2 instruments with the Suzuki Method and wishes to attend the Conference? Should I choose one only? 
Yes, you need to decide on one instrument. 

Do I need to buy Lunch outside?
Lunch is included in the tuition fee for each participant (including accompanying adults and teachers) for 4 days (June 27, 28 ,29 and 30) 

What about dietary requirements? 
We offer the following lunch menus: Asian, Western and Vegetarian

Does the Tuition Fee per Participant cover everything?
The Tuition Fee per Participant covers all activities, classes and recitals on the schedule and Lunch four days. 
The Tuition Fee does NOT cover: Master Classes, Welcoming Banquet, Evening Concert Tickets, Transportation and accommodations. 

Do I need to purchase the Evening Concert Tickets separately?
Yes. Morning & Lunch recitals are free.

What is included in the Evening Concert Series? 
CONCERT #1: Artists Concert
Performances by our world class performing guest faculty including Brian Lewis, Amy Barston and Edith Widayani.
CONCERT #2: Young Artists Concert
Performances by selected best of the best Suzuki Method Students from the Asia region.
CONCERT #3: Chamber Music Concert
Performances by the Bangkok Quartet and selected chamber groups from the Asia Region who have been coached during the conference.

If I have a younger sibling who will do Suzuki Early Childhood Education, which child can I leave unattended?
Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes will be scheduled at the end of the day.
Parents will be able to drop off the older child at an enrichment class or leave with a family member so that they may participate in the SECE class with their child

If my child is age 12 and up can someone else supervise him/ her?
(Only for Indonesia Resident) Yes, the committee allows children 12 and up to be supervised by another responsible attending adult besides the parent. You and the other adult who has agreed to supervise your child, will need to sign a statement.
The committee then will know who is legally responsible for the child.

I have 1 year old kid. Does he need to buy concert ticket?
You do not need to buy a ticket for a 1 year old child since he will be only sitting on his parent's lap, however please note that you need to be prepared to exit the concert hall if the child becomes restless. Please be noted: 1 Ticket for 1 Seat. 

Can I buy the concert tickets at the venue?
Yes, but we cannot guarantee that tickets will still be available. 

What is the best suggested accommodation for my family? I don’t want to walk too far with my little kids and violins. 
Taxi service is also not too expensive and easily accessible between the hotels in Nusa Dua.

Can I just send the registration form and pay when I arrive in Bali?
All payments should be fully paid by the scheduled deadlines before the conference starts. 

Can I join as a volunteer in this conference? 
There are opportunities for SMAI teacher members to volunteer to join the conference. Please contact suzuki.indonesia@gmail.com if you would like to register by Nov 8, 2015.

What email address can I contact for additional questions? 
You can email us at: camp.smai@gmail.com
Follow our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/6thAsiaRegionSuzukiConference and Twitter Page:

If there is any special dress code I should prepare before arriving?
You will be informed of the dress codes in an information notice before the conference. 
The current plan is for children to use the traditional dress of their country for the Opening Ceremony, the Conference T-Shirt at the Closing Ceremony and for recitals: 
Boys: White shirt and black trousers. 
Girls: White dresses or white blouse/ black skirt or pants.

Do I need to speak Bahasa Indonesia?
We will use English as the official language at the Asia Region Suzuki Conference 2016.

How can my business be a sponsor for this event?
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Repertoire List


• Book 1 •
All in Book 1

• Book 2 •
Bach Minuet No. 1
Weber Hunters' Chorus
Bach Mussette
Paganini Witches Dance
Gossec Gavotte

• Book 3 •
Schubert Berceuse
Boccherini Minuet
L. van Beethoven Minuet in G
La Cinquantaine

• Book 4 
Breval Sonata 2nd Mov.
Marcello Allegro
Bach Minuets

• Book 5 •
Vivaldi Sonata 2nd Mov.
Vivaldi Sonata 4th Mov.
Squire Dance Rustique
Goltermann Rondo

• Book 6 •
Vivaldi Allegro from Concerto in D Major
Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Cellos (Cello 1)

• Book 7 •
Bach Bourrées
Popper Gavotte

• Book 8 •
Allegro Appassionato
van Goens Scherzo

• Book 9 •
Haydn Concerto 1st Mov.

• Book 10 
Boccherini Concerto, 1st Mov.



• Book 1 
All in Book 1

• Book 2 
All in Book 2

• Book 3 
Clementi Sonatina Op. 36, No. 1, 3rd Mov.
Kuhlau Sonatina in C Major, 1st Mov.
Schumann The Wild Rider
Beethoven Écossaise

• Book 4 
Mozart Rondo from Divertimento in D Major
Burgmüller By the Limpid Stream
Tcherepnin Bagatelle Op. 5 No. 9
Bach Minuet 1 & 2

• Book 5 •
Bach Invention No. 1 in C Major
Haydn Sonata in C Major, 1st mov.
Daquin The Cuckoo

• Book 6 •
Mozart Sonata in C Major, K.545, 1st Mov.
Bach Invention No. 8 in F Major
Villa Lobos

• Book 7 •
Chopin Nocturne in c sharp minor
Handel The Harmonious Blacksmith
Debussy The Girl with the Flaxen Hair



Book 1
Variations and Twinkle
French Folk Song
Long, long ago
Perpetual Motion
Bohemian Folk Song
Bach Minuet 2

 • Book 2 •
Chorus Judas Maccabaeus 
Hunter's Chorus
Händel Bourée
Paganini, Witches' Dance
Lully Gavotte

 • Book 3 •
Bach Gavotte in G-Minor
Mozart Minuet

 • Book 4 •
Seitz Concerto No. 2, 3rd Mov.
Telemann Concerto in G Major (I, II)
Telemann Concerto in G Major for Two Violas (III, VI)

 • Book 5 •
Pergolesi, Nina
Bach Suite I (Prelude, Courante, Gigue)
Bohm, Moto Perpetuo
Marais, French Dances: L'Agreable & La Provençal

 • Book 6 •
Bach Suite I, Allemande, Minuet I & II
Beethoven, Country Dances

 • Book 7 •
Kreisler, Andantino
Fauré, Après un Reve
Handel / Casadesus Concerto in B Minor

 • Book 8 •
Song without Words, Mendelssohn
Fantasie, Hummel
Toccata, G. Frescobaldi / G. Cassado / D. Preucil



 • Book 1 •
Song No. 1-9
Minuet 1
Happy Farmer
Gossec Gavotte

 • Book 2 •
Chorus Judas Maccabaeus 
2 Grenadiers
Lully Gavotte
Minuet in G

 • Book 3 •
Gavotte in G Minor
Gavotte in D Major

 • Book 4 •
Seitz Concerto 2, 3rd Mov.
Vivaldi Concerto A Minor, 1st Mov.
Bach Double Concerto Violin 2

 • Book 5 •
Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, 2nd Mov.
Veracini Gigue
Bach Double Concerto, 1st Violin
(NB: Children are required to prepare BOTH parts when they are in Book 5)

 • Book 6 •
Handel Sonata F Major 1st and 2nd Mov.
Fiocco Allegro

 • Book 7 •
Mozart Minuet
Bach Concerto in A Minor 1st Mov.

 • Book 8 •
J.S. Bach Largo
Gretry Tambourine

 • Book 9 and beyond •
Bela Bartok Rumanian Dances

Guest Artists

Our Performing Artists

Bangkok String Quartet

Bangkok String Quartet (BSQ) was founded in 2001 by a group of close musician friends who share a passion for chamber music playing: Tasana Nagavajara and Siripong Tiptan: violins, Omporn Kowintha: viola, and Apichai Leamthong: cello. All of the members at that time were the principal members of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra when Tasana and Siripong sharing the concert master position. 

BSQ has since then become the most active string quartet in Thailand. The group has performed a wide variety of repertoire including works by the great masters to the living composers of today such as Robert Walker, Apisit Wongchoti, Narongrit Dhammabutra, Polwit Opapant, and Denny Euprasert whose work “Jazz Portraits” was recorded by BSQ in 2007. BSQ has also worked with many renowned artists such as Luigi Piovano, Grazia Raimondi, and Roland Baldini. BSQ has been invited to perform in many important events such as the Thailand Road Show to Berlin in 2006 and the Royal Funeral Ceremony of Princess Galayani Vadhana in 2008. Princess Galayani Vadhana was very fond of classical music when she was still alive and often invited BSQ to give private concerts at her palace. 

BSQ often participated in the Silpakorn Summer Music School and was the quartet in residence from 2004-2007 where they performed and coached chamber music for young Thai students. In 2015 the quartet welcomed its new member Miti Wisuthumporn, a young violist who is one of the rising stars in the Thailand’s classical music scene. 

The current members of the Bangkok String Quartet are Siripong Tiptan: 1st violin, Omporn Kowintha: 2nd violin, Miti Wisuthumporn: Viola, and Apichai Leamthong: Cello. All of the members are also certified Suzuki teachers and have been very active with Suzuki activities in Thailand.

Our Performing Artists

Edith Widayani

Hailed as one of the most promising young pianists in her home country of Indonesia, Edith Widayani has performed around the world, with recent performances in Colombia, China, USA, Costa Rica, as well as in various cities in Indonesia. Being raised in Indonesia gives her a unique take on the way that she looks at music, and her repertoires ranges from western pieces all the way to Chinese and Indonesian piano music. 

Her education started when she was three, back in Jakarta, Indonesia, as an extra activity that her parents wanted her to do. Her talent in music, however, soon grew, and she graduated the youngest from Yayasan Pendidikan Musik School of Music as a pre-conservatory level at age 15. She continues her study with Dr. Johannes S. Nugroho, former Dean of the Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music, before decided to seriously pursue music. 

She continued her study in Beijing, China, where she studied with Prof. Ling Yuan in the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, until she graduated high school in 2008, before going to the western side to further her understanding of classical music. A recipient of full-tuition scholarship from Texas Christian University School of Music, including the Langdon Music Scholarship and Happy-Bell Keyboard Scholarship, she did her undergraduate degree under the guidance of Dr. Tamas Ungar, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2012. During her residency in Texas Christian University School of Music, she is also awarded the Judith Solomon Award in Chamber Music as well as the TCU Faculty and Friends Chamber Music Award, which gives her an opportunity to perform in a chamber music recital with the faculties of the school.

Edith has recently named 1st prize winner in the 2014 Koscziusko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in New York City, October 2014. Claiming the 1st prize winner of Ananda Sukarlan Award for Best Indonesian Pianist 2010, as well as the 1st prize winner of 2013 Jakarta International Open Piano Competition, she has also received an Award of Achievement in International Forum from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. 

On top of her recent performances, she has also performed in Europe, such as Italy, Germany, as well as Hungary in the past years, as well as performing Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto with the Jakarta Concert Orchestra under the baton of Avip Priatna in September 2013. As a young pedagogue, she was invited as one of the guest artists in Bogota International Piano Festival in Colombia, where she performed and taught in August 2013. She also served as one of the judges for Ananda Sukarlan Award-Bandung International Music Academy International Piano Competition in Bandung, Indonesia in 2012, on top of giving masterclasses in Jakarta during her summer trips over the years. 

Besides her passion in piano, Edith also enjoys playing Chinese gu-zheng and Indonesian gamelan. During her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, as well as watching movies and doing some chamber music sight-reading with her friends. She has graduated in May 2014 with a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Prof. Barry Snyder, and currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Eastman School of Music as well.

Our Performing Artists

Iskandar Widjaja

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," C. Eschenbach--  are praised by colleagues and the media alike. His extremely wide-ranging repertoire is especially focused on J. S. 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. The current season sees his debuts with some of Germanys top orchestras such as the Konzerthaus Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, as well as a CD project with works by Robert Schumann in cooperation with Christoph Eschenbach as a conductor and pianist. 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 have been his debut under Zubin Mehta with the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Firenze at the Tonhalle in Zurich, his debut with the Munich Philharmonics under Christoph Eschenbach at the festival Kissingen Summer and the Munich Gasteig, as well as solo recitals at the Munich Gasteig and the Rheingau Music Festival. 

Iskandar won the LOTTO promotional prize 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. I.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” 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”.  In 2013 he was accepted into the soloist advancement programme “Orpheum Foundation” by recommendation of Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach. 

Iskandar’s activities as a soloist have taken him to five continents. Engagements lead to perform with ensembles such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Munich Philharmonic, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Symphonieorchestra Berlin, the Maggio Musicale Firenze, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Oslo Camerata, the Berliner Camerata, the Jakarta Philharmonic Orchestra and others, at venues like the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen, Konzerthalle Bamberg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Aula Simfonia Jakarta, Hong Kong City Hall, Guangzhou Opera House or the Tel Aviv Opera House. 

He has concertized repeatedly at such renowned festivals as the “Kissinger Summer”, Dresdener Musikfestspiele, Moritzburg Festival, Rheingau Festival, Usedom Festival, Movimentos, AUDI Summer Concerts (DE), styriarte Graz (AT), Valdres Sommersymfoni (NO), Festival de St. Prex, LUNA Classics (CH), Music Festival Phnom Penh (KH), Interlochen Arts Festival (US) and Keshet Eilon (IL) and was invited to tour South-East Asia by the Goethe Institute. 

David Foster invited Iskandar to perform with him in Jakarta in 2012. Iskandar opened the APEC Summit (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 2013. Among the invited guests of the opening ceremony were President Obama, President Yudhoyono and other asian leaders. At the opening of the ITB 2013 (international tourism fair) with Chancellor Merkel and President Yudhoyono, he was invited to musically represent the official partner country Indonesia. 

In September 2014 Iskandar opened the Davis Cup in Geneva with a performance of his single "Burn" to a live audience of 18.500 people in the Palexpo Hall Geneva. The performances was broadcasted live in 101 territories by 29 broadcasters to 110 million viewers. In 2015 Iskandar represented Indonesia on the EXPO in Milano and performed at Paris fashion week. 

Furthermore, Iskandar Widjaja is musically committed to charitable organisations such as the WWF and Live Music Now e.V. His exclusive charity concert in Bali for the UNICEF supported educational opportunities for children in the Asia-Pacific region. Another charity event, "Musik yang Membebaskan" in collaboration with KOMPAS Gramedia, indonesias premier newspaper, sponsored musical instruments and instructions for streetchildren. 

Iskandar Widjaja received valuable artistic impulses from Dora Schwarzberg, Christian Tetzlaff, Shlomo Mintz, Midori, Ana Chumachenko and Ida Haendel. He has also conducted master classes at the colleges and festivals of Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Valdres/Norway. 

Born in Berlin, Iskandar began playing violin at the age of four, at first with the Suzuki method under Susan Mann. At eleven, he was accepted as an extraordinary student at the College of Music in Berlin, where he studied with Ursula Scholz and Joachim Hantzschk. Furthermore he studied at the Julius Stern Institute Berlin– the pre-college division for the highly musically gifted. After completing secondary school, he studied violin at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Prof. Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Prof. Ilan Gronich, which he completed in 2010. 

His Debut CD “Bach ‘n’ Blues” was released worldwide by OehmsClassics in 2011 to great critical acclaim by press and recommendation by bavarian-, hesse-, and northgerman broadcast. His second album "Precious Refuge“, with works by J. S. Bach, recorded with the Berliner Camerata, was released in April 2014 with notable reviews and recommendations by FonoForum, NDR, BR Klassik, Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Strad, pizzicato magazine and was selected "CD of the month" by the renowned German Rondo magazine. 

Additionally, Iskandar plays Tango with his Trio CAYAO. Their debut album was released in October 2014. He has been the face for Indonesias high end coffee brand 'JJ Royal' as a brand ambassador and TV commercial model. Currently, he has started a close cooperation with the Volkswagen Group. His concert wardrobes are officially sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. Iskandar has been featured, amongst others, on the covers of the 'High End' magazine, the fashion-tv magazine and the Jakarta post. Photoshootings for cosmopolitan, inStyle, mens folio or the Volkswagen magazine round out his profile of a modern classical violinist. 

Iskandar Widjaja plays a Franciscus Geissenhof violin from 1793 and a Stradivarius from 1734, kindly on loan by Florian Leonhard.

Note: The performers are subject to change without prior notice.

Teacher Conference Topics

The 6th Asia Region Suzuki Conference
June 26 - 30, 2016

A. Teacher Conference Program
:: Sunday June 26, 2016 (Time: 09:00 - 17:30)


Opening Symposium:
Moving forward with the Suzuki Method in the 21st Century

Breakout Sessions
(Specific for Violin, Piano, Cello Teachers)

Amy Barston
Perpetual Motion Olympics: Using Dr. Suzuki’s gem to teach 101 techniques, from bow distribution in Book 2 to balanced octaves in Rococo.

Carmencita Arambulo
Developing Phrasing and Articulation from the early to advanced levels.

Marzena Jasinska
Piano Group Lesson Ideas

Sheila Warby
Dr Suzuki's Philosophy and Incremental Learning

Antonella Aloigi
Motivating Violin Students: use of supplementary repertoire and violin group games.

Ariel Arambulo
Using Technology in Suzuki Teaching.

Brian Lewis
Kreutzer Etudes for Suzuki Students and Teachers: Development of a Fluid and Expressive Bow Arm

Kathleen Spring
Guiding the whole child: Nurturing Character, Excellence and Achievement.

Lan Ku Chen
Strategies to improve your left hand techniques'

Martin Ruttiman
Developing Musicianship in the Early Books 1-5

Timothy Durbin
The Serious Business Of Having Fun During Learning: how to add fun and motivation while achieving increased technical proficiency, focus and other goals.

B. Teacher’s Program 
:: June 27 - 30, 2016

I. Opening Ceremony

II. Observations of all classes and groups

III. Presentation: Introduction to Suzuki Early Childhood Method

IV. All recitals and concerts (Evening Concerts by purchasing tickets)

V. Workshops and Sharing Sessions: Guest Faculty and Suzuki Teachers

VI. Gamelan Exploration Workshop for Teachers

VII. Closing Ceremony

* Updated on June 11, 2016