Iskandar Widjaya, the internationally-renowned violin virtuoso, has made it to the final round of the WorldVision Music Contest after prevailing in the first three rounds by competing with the world’s best young artists performing on violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, and harp.
The final competitive recital was held on 09 April 2022 in Vienna at the Konzerthaus Wien. The judge and the public will have until 23 May 2022 to cast their votes and decide who will receive the Grand Prize of €100,000 + 3 concerts appearances at the Philharmonie Berlin (Berlin), Carnegie Hall (New York), and Zaryadye Hall (Moscow).
Fjodor Elesin, Artistic Director of the WorldVision Music Contest, describes the contest as a means of supporting young musicians during a period in which many concert halls and clubs have closed, leaving the up-and-coming generation of young performers not only without income but also without the all-important feedback from a live audience.
The WorldVision competition provides invaluable stage experience to musicians at the beginning of their careers. Because of the global pandemic and the absence of performance opportunities, the ranks of young musicians building professional music careers have been thinned.
The International Worldvision Music Contest creates a space for young performers to interact worldwide with music lovers. Over an extended period covering four rounds, hundreds of classical artists are nurtured and mentored by leading musicians by participating in master classes, competing for the right to compete in the all-important final round.
Vote for Iskandar Widjaja
Iskandar Widjaja, who performed at a sold-out concert at The Padma Legian on 05 January 2022, needs your help to win the WorldVision Music Contest. You can view his performance before the jury and cast a vote via the WorldVision Link. In his final submission to the jury, Iskandar performed Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto Number 1 in F sharp minor (3rd movement).
Iskandar is an artist who consistently fills performance halls worldwide. The 35-year-old German-born virtuoso is a recording star who has performed as a soloist with, among others, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Warsaw Symphony, the Munich Symphony, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.
Widjaja has a distinguished musical pedigree with extensive Indonesian links. Born in Berlin to Indonesian parents, he is the grandson of Udin Widjaja who conducted the National Palace Choir during the Soekarno-era. Iskandar is also the nephew of the internationally-renowned orchestra conductor Noorman Widjaja.
Iskandar Widjaja has released six well-received albums under the following labels: Oehms, Neue Meister/Edel, and Sony Classical.
Refusing to be limited to any specific musical genre, Iskandar’s video on YouTube covers the gamut from classical concerts to recitals to ultra-slick videos in which Iskandar displays his artistic versatility as a musician, dancer, and singer.
In his long journey to become a finalist in the International WorldVision Music Contest, Iskandar has competed against an initial field of 3,000 participants to emerge as one of only 4 senior artists competing in the Finals. Your vote for Iskandar will help him reach his well-deserved goal of winning the Euro 100,000 cash prize and a booking to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philarmonic, and Zaryadye.
Iskandar performs with a “Stephens” 1690 Stradivari and an 1875 JB Vuillaume.