Ananda Sukarlan

Born in Jakarta on June 10th, 1968, Ananda Sukarlan studied piano at the age of 5 with his own sister, Martani Widjajanti. He then went to Europe when he was 17, graduated with summa cum laude in 1993 from the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag under the guidance of Naum Grubert and was a prize winner of many international competitions, such as the Nadia Boulanger Award of Orleans. He has performed in many overseas festivals with symphony orchestras and ensembles as well as appearances in radios and TVs throughout Europe. He was the first Indonesian artist who established the cultural relationship between Portugal and Indonesia by performing as a soloist with the Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra in 2000, right after the re-opening of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries. He is the only Indonesian listed in the book '2000 outstanding musicians of the 20th century' and 'The International Who's Who in Music' published by Cambridge. Until 2017 he has recorded 16 CDs, which include the complete piano works of Santiago Lanchares (awarded Best Recording of the Year 2008 in Spain by the magazine Compact Disc), David del Puerto, Jesus Rueda, Toru Takemitsu as well as works by Peter Sculthorpe, Theo Loevendie and Indonesian composers Amir Pasaribu & Trisutji Kamal, and his own works. As an equally successful composer, his works have been commissioned and performed by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, Indonesian Opera Society, Mozart 250 years anniversary in Mexico, International Chamber Music Competition of Arnuero (Spain), Changwon Chamber Music Festival in Korea among others. His collaboration with prominent choreographer Chendra Panatan has given birth to many works for ballet, performed both in Europe and Indonesia. His groundbreaking opera written for one soprano only, based on a monologue by Seno Gumira Ajidarma, 'IBU -- yang anaknya diculik itu' (Mother, whose son had been kidnapped) premiered in June 2009 in Jakarta. Until now he has written works for orchestra and instruments, but it is his production for voices, such as his more than 150 songs for voice and piano, choral works, 5 operas, 2 cantatas ('Ars Amatoria' based on poems by Sapardi Djoko Damono and 'LIBERTAS' based on poems by Chairil Anwar, Walt Whitman, W.S. Rendra & Hasan Aspahani) and theatre works that consolidated his high reputation as a composer by being frequently performed all around the world. Other celebrated chamber / solo works include the string quartet 'Lontano' for Midori Goto and her quartet, a series of woodwind pieces for the musicians of Boston Symphony Orchestra, a guitar solo piece for Miguel Trapaga, many works for piano solo (a series of Rapsodia Nusantara based on Indonesia folk melodies, a series of virtuosic Etudes, and hundreds of easy piano pieces compiled as 'Alicia's piano book') and multiple pianos. He just premiered 'The Voyage to Marege' ', his orchestral work on the relationship between Makassar sailors and the Aborigines in North Australia, a joint production by the Darwin International Festival and the Australian Embassy in Indonesia. In 2017 alone 12 new works are given World Premieres, among others: 'Trilogia Mitologica' for flute & piano at the Andalusian International Flute Convention 'Flautissima' (May 7th), 'The Forms of Things Unknown' (based on a section of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream) for 3 pianos in Jakarta (on commission by The Grand Pianos Atelier) on May 18th and 'Communication Breakdown' for flute, bassoon & piano on a commission by UOB Bank Painting of the Year. He has also composed a series of musical works written for disabled musicians, on a commission by Fundacion Musica Abierta of Spain. In Indonesia, Ananda was awarded the highest national award for culture, 'Anugerah Kebudayaan' by the Ministry of Education & Culture in 2015. He was also a recipient of the Indonesian 'Diaspora Award', as well as 'Sri Raja Pujangga Nusantara' (His Highness, the Nation's Writer) from the Kingdom of Kutai Mulawarman of Borneo. Ananda is a bearer of Asperger's Syndrome and now is actively campaigning on this syndrome to raise awareness and to help fellow 'Aspies' to understand and integrate better in society.

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