Ananda Sukarlan

anandaCritics have proclaimed Ananda Sukarlan as “One of the world’s leading pianists who has been at the forefront of championing new piano music” (Sydney Morning Herald), and as “One of the greatest interpreters of music of today” (ABC, Spain) for this composer & pianist  (b. June 10, 1968) who is now enjoying a solid career with concerts and recordings that could be heard all over the world.

Born in Jakarta, he 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 of Berlin, Rotterdam, nearly all symphony orchestras in Spain, Paris, Wellington 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 the beginning of 2010 he has recorded 14 CDs, which include the complete piano works of Santiago Lanchares, David del Puerto, Jesus Rueda, Toru Takemitsu as well as works by Peter Sculthorpe, Amir Pasaribu, Trisutji Kamal, Theo Loevendie and of course himself.

As an equally successful composer,  his works have been commissioned and performed by the  Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, Indonesian Opera Society,  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) was just 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 80 songs for voice and piano, choral works, 2 operas, 2 cantatas ("Ars Amatoria" and "LIBERTAS") 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 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 37 easy piano pieces compiled as "Alicia's piano book") and multiple pianos. Projects in 2010 include his third opera, "KALAH DAN MENANG" (Losing and Winning) based on a novel by celebrated Indonesian author Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana commissioned by Bimasena, and a modern ballet based on the legend "Joko Tarub", a collaboration with Chendra Panatan. He is also working on a series of musical works written for disabled musicians, on a commission by Fundacion Musica Abierta of Spain.

His works have been the object of studies for many doctoral thesis and other musical researches by many students, professionals, musicians and musicologists in the U.S, Europe and Australia.

Ananda is a founding member of  the Jakarta Conservatory of Music as well as of the MUSICA PRESENTE, “The Dream Team of Spanish Music”. A book about these 10 most influential Spanish-based composers & musicians was published in 2007.

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