Chamber Music FestivalPadma Resort Legian, 1 - 5 May 2019
The Bach In Bali Festival is the inaugural collaboration between the Bandung Philharmonic and ProjectArtitude. It is born out of a desire to share great music across the vast archipelago of Indonesia, and South-east Asia.
Bali, known for its ancient culture and warm hospitality, as well as unspolit nature and iconic religious sites, is a melting pot of cultures.
It is also where the principles of Tri Hita Karana, a traditional philosophy of life that integrates the realms of the spirit, human world and nature, comes alive.
The spirit of Tri Hita Karana is mirrored in the ideals of western classical music; even before J.S. Bach, composers have embraced humanity and nature and looked to the Heavens for inspiration
The Bach In Bali Festival aspires to showcase the spirit of Tri Hita Karana with numerous masterclasses and seminars and 2 exciting concerts "Bachanalia" and "Tri Hita Karana: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms".
PROJECT ARTITUDE is an arts/ideas incubator and social enterprise founded to extend the joy of music to a bigger, diverse audience in Asia. It aims to engage and empower communities with the dynamism and magic of the arts.
Since its founding in 2016, the Bandung Philharmonic has become one of Indonesia's top orchestras. With its mission of celebrating global diversity, uniting musical traditions, fostering cultural exchange, it now hopes to share the joy and artistry of chamber music to audiences across Indonesia with the Bach In Bali festival.
Leslie Tan, has performed to critical acclaim in major venues and festivals worldwide. These include the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals in the USA; the Melbourne and Port Fairy Festivals in Australia; the New Zealand Festival; the Hong Kong Arts Festival; and the Prague-Vienna-Budapest Sommerakademie and the Edinburgh Festival in Europe
A graduate of the Trinity College of Music in London, Tchaikovsky-Moscow Conservatory of Music and the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, his career spans orchestral to chamber and solo concerts; and contemporary, as well as cross - disciplinary works to historically informed performances.
Leslie is a champion of outreach activities and music education in the ASEAN region, teaching in different festivals and projects in Thailand, and in Myanmar, co - directing the Philharmonic Society of Myanmar.In Indonesia he works frequently with young musicians from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya.
Converting at age 14 from the violin to the viola under the tutelage of Jiři Hegér, he went to London’s Royal College of Music two years later to study with Margaret Major and Christopher Wellington, whilst taking his summers in Czechoslovakia with renown violist of the Smetana Quartet Milan Skampa.
Whilst in Rice University in Houston, USA for the university’s inaugural Master in Quartet Performance program, he was in the studio of Martha Katz and Karen Ritscher.
As an educator, Lionel has continued in the legacy of his teacher Jiři Hegér to grow the pool of Singapore violist for the future. He is also a faculty at The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Eschewing all boundaries, Lionel continues to respect tradition and embrace new ideas.
Mervin Wong is a sonic alchemist who creates music and sculpts sound, producing & composing bespoke music for film, media, installations, as well as collaborations with performing and visual artists. 2018 marked the debut of his solo project Theemptybluesky with the full length album: Aphelion. Mervin also has a hand in a wide range of multidisciplinary collaborations that allow him to venture and explore beyond the realm of sound into film, multimedia-visuals, installations, projection mapping, and bespoke production design.www.theemptybluesky.com
Michael Hall, viola, lives in Chicago and is an internationally recognized soloist, teacher, and thought leader. Described by the New Music Connoisseur as "utterly masterful," and Chamber Music Today as having "superb technique," he has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning composers and has over 50 compositions written and dedicated to him.
Michael has given the world and US premieres of viola concertos by Kim Diehnelt, Alfred Schnittke, Stacy Garrop, and Chen Yi’s "Xian Shi"– the first viola concerto written by a Chinese composer. As a soloist, Michael has appeared in Vienna, Jakarta, Reykjavik, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Bali, New York City, Singapore, Boston, Sorrento and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.
Festivals include the New Music Gathering, Primrose International Festival, Thailand International Composition Festival, Ear Taxi Festival, Constellation’s Frequency Series, multi-Grammy nominated pianist’s Shpachenko and Friends Chamber Music Festival, and the American Viola Festival in Oberlin. Michael has performed live on NPR, WFMT, and Thailand PBS-TV, and his recordings can be found on the Centaur, Delos, Vienna Modern Masters, Acoma, Albany and Parma labels.
Michael is a board member of the American Viola Society and Artistic Director/Director of Education of the Bandung Philharmonic. He has taught at the University of Chicago, VanderCook College of Music, and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Michael received his Doctorate and Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, his Bachelors and Alumni Achievement Award from Ball State University, and his Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Scott Rawls, Michelle LaCourse, Peter Kamnitzer, and the Tokyo and LaSalle string quartets.michaelhallviola.com
Violinist Nicole Jeong has appeared in performances throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Dr. Jeong’s versatility in solo, orchestral, and chamber music has taken her to internationally recognized venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, KKL Luzern, Tokyo City Opera Concert Hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Centre Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Seoul Arts Center; she has played under the baton of James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jeff Milarsky, among others.
As a winner of several competitions, Dr. Jeong has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras. She also won the Ackerman Chamber Music Prize awarded by world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. She is a former member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, and of the Lucerne Festival Academy where she worked with the late Pierre Boulez and Ensemble InterContemporain.
Dr. Jeong earned master’s degree from The Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship and served as a Teaching Assistant and later Substitute Teacher in the Violin Department as well as a Mentor of their Mentoring Program. She has completed her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook as a full-scholarship student, under the tutelage of Philip Setzer from Emerson String Quartet. Her chamber coaches have included members of Emerson, Takacs, Cleveland, Orion String Quartet, David Finckel, Wu Han, Ida Kavafian, Laurence Lesser, Jorja Fleezanis, Colin Carr, Gil Kalish, Julian Martin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Zvi Zeitlin. She recently moved to Jakarta with her husband after living in New York for 11 years and has served as a Visiting Artist for the Juilliard Global. She is currently serving as a faculty member at Conservatory of Music of Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta.
Hazim Suhadi began his piano lessons at Yayasan Musik Jakarta (YMJ) with Yola Mathilde and with the late Soetarno Soetikno. He received his B.A in French and Francophone Studies and B.M in Piano Performance at Lawrence University (LU), Wisconsin, where he studied with Catherine Kautsky, Luba Poliak, Dmitri Novgorodsky, and Vadim Serebryany. He then continued to pursue his M.M. in Piano Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) with full scholarship and a stipend, where he studied with Christopher Taylor, Jessica Johnson, and Martha Fisher.
He previously served as a board member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter at UW-Madison to promote wellness and artistic development in the local community. He also served as a board member of Classical Revolution Madison Cooperative (CRM-C) to promote live classical music in non-traditional venues, such as cafés, pubs, and restaurants.
After having returned from Indonesia, he has served as an opera accompanist and diction coach for the opera production Carmen with the Batavia Madrigal Singers in 2016. He also formed a multiple-hand piano group under the name Pianomaly in 2016 as an outreach program to introduce the audience to compositions for piano ensembles. He has also recently served as an adjudicator at several piano competitions in Indonesia and Taiwan.