May March be a time of celebration for decent Jakartans. Hopefully, the following recommended concerts need not be any form of consolation.

Violin Concerto
Singaporean violinist Jun Hong Loh has won numerous awards, including most notably 1st Prize at Gisborne International Music Competition as well as 1st Prize and Audience award at the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in Boston. Other achievements include 1st Prize at the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition (Senior), 3rd Prize at the 13th Andrea Postacchini International Competition held in Fermo, Italy, 5th prize at the Canetti International Violin Competition held in Turkey, and the best Singaporean Award at the Singaporean International Violin Competition.

He received his Bachelor of Music (1st class honors) from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, where he studied with Head of Strings, Prof Qian Zhou. He currently holds a Masters of Music from the prestigious Julliard School, under the tutelage of Prof. Glenn Dicterow, Joseph Lin and Sylvia Rosenberg.

As an alumnus of the Verbier Festival, Switzerland, he led the festival orchestra for numerous concerts as concertmaster and associate concertmaster under the baton of world renowned Charles Dutoit, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda.

Highlights of his performance career include concerts at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, solo recitals in Washington for the WETA radio station, to tours in UK, France, and USA, as well as premieres of the violin transcriptions of Scarlatti’s Piano Sonata in Berlin by publishing company Ries & Erler.

Intent on developing the music scene in his home country and giving back to the community, he became the co-Artistic Director of the Singapore International Festival of Music, where he curated the programme themed “War & Peace” for the Festival’s inaugural year in 2015. He is also the co-founder of “More than Music”, a concert series dedicated to presenting engaging and intimate concerts for audiences.He performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at Kioi Hall, Tokyo, in a charity fundraiser concert for the disabled. Besides performing for various charity groups in Singapore, he also gives back to the community through education. Jun Hong has held numerous workshops and masterclasses for the younger generation in schools and youth orchestras.

This concert will also feature the Jakarta Conservatory Chamber and Junior Orchestras conducted by Iswargia Sudarno. The programme consists of Mozart’s Violin Concerto KV 219, Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony, as well as various chamber music works by Beethoven. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a fine 1780 Mantegazza violin performed by this fine violinist.

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 4pm
GoetheHaus Auditorium
Contact: +62-21 2782 8144, 2782 8143

Piano Recital
If you prefer appreciating fine local artists in a more intimate setting, you might consider a piano recital by young and talented Indonesian pianist Lavinia Wibisono at the Recital Studio of the Jakarta Conservatory of Music.

After completing her ABRSM Grade 8 certificate in performance, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China under the guidance of Prof. Xie Huazhen and Mr. Guan Changxin. She was a member of the Foreign Student Ensemble of China Conservatory of Music and participated in many activities such as the Olympic Hymn Concert (2008). She was also invited as soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta conducted by Per Brevig.

She continues to refine her skills through participating in masterclasses by internationally renowned artists such as Ananda Sukarlan, Iswargia Sudarno, Levi Gunardi, Anna Kijanowska, Michael Lewin, Prof. Ling Yuan, Dr. Julie Jordan, Prof. Henri-Paul Sicsic, Ms Elena Peres (Chamber) and Prof. Larrisa Dedova.

Lavinia will perform Handel’s fifth suite in E major, Beethoven’s Sonata Op.109, Ravel’s Menuet Antique, and Schumann’s Sonata no.2 in G minor.

Sunday 19 March 2017, 4pm
Konservatorium Musik Jakarta,
Kompleks Ruko Golden Plaza Blok E/18 J
I. R.S. Fatmawati No.15 (Lotte Mart Fatmawati)
Contact: +62-21 2782 8144, 2782 8143

John Paul

John Paul

John Paul studied music in Germany and Italy. He founded an annual charity concert in 2011, helping over 200 children stay in and or return to school.