Virtuoso Nathan Milstein called Eugène Ysaÿe the “tsar” and was generally known as “The King of the Violin”. Many prominent composers dedicated major works to him and Ysaÿe himself arranged Saint-Saëns’s Étude en forme de valse, which had originally been written for solo piano. Today Iskandar Widjaja performs this piece.

Piece: Caprice d’après L’Etude en Forme de Valse op. 52
No. 6: de C. Saint-Saëns
Composer: Eugène Ysaÿe
Location: Palais Lichtenau
Violin: Iskandar Widjaja
Piano: Mélodie Zhao

Iskandar Widjaja
Iskandar Widjaja is considered one of the most interesting violinists of the younger generation. The “complexity of his style, his musical imagination with the most varied sonic nuances and facets, as well as his flawless technique and great charisma” [Maestro C. Eschenbach] are praised by colleagues and the media alike. His extremely wide-ranging repertoire is especially focused on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. In his second homeland of Indonesia, he is perceived like a “pop” phenomenon; his medial presence already resulted there in a “trending topic” status (most frequently named term) on twitter©. Highlights of the current season are his debuts with some of Germanys top Orchestras: the Konzerthausorchestra Berlin, the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin and recordings for a new album with works by Robert Schumann in collaboration with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach as a pianist and conductor. Read more of Iskandar's biography on https://www.operamusica.com/artist/iskandar-widjaja/#biography.