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Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in Bali

‘Bach in Bali’ with Bandung Philharmonic and Project Artitude (Singapore) Chamber Music Festival at Padma Legian Resort, May 1-5, 2019 with Performances on May 4 & 5, 2019

For the first time in Bali, the Bandung’s Philharmonic and Singapore’s Arts Incubator and social enterprise, Project Artitude, will come together in a 5-day program of Chamber Music from Johann Sebastian Bach and others set in the paradise island of Bali.  In what promises to be a convergence of musical excellence and culture, Western Classical music and traditional Balinese musical forms musicals will experience a meeting of the minds that integrates spirit, man, and nature in a harmonious way – known locally as Tri Hita Karana – the delicate balance of Nature, Man, and Spirituality.

During 5 days in May, Bach in Bali brings musical master classes, seminars, and two exciting concerts - Bachanalia and Bach and the Boys.  The first public concert on Saturday, May 4th will present the western classical world’s most famous “B-Listers” – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. This includes the epic and heavenly Goldberg Variations by Bach to the playful Serenade Trio by Beethoven, followed by the youthful and the passionate Piano Quartet by Brahms. The closing concert Bachanalia on Sunday, May 5th promises to be a special treat combining fascinating sounds of western strings with the dynamic Balinese gamelan in a historically magnificent ending to the collaboration between master musicians and their bright young students.


Nicole Jeong - Violinist

Some of the best musicians from Indonesia and Singapore will be highlighted at this festival including multi-award winning solo violinist Nicole Jeong, born in Korea and now residing in Jakarta.

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 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.


Wayan Sudirana – Gamelan

Wayan Sudirana was born in Ubud, Bali. Sudirana is one of Bali’s most well-known composers, teaching and performing across Bali and internationally. He is a leading professor at the Indonesia Institute for the arts (ISI) in Denpasar. After graduating from ISI, he studied at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he received his MA and Ph.D in Ethnomusicology. He was commissioned by the Canadian government to compose a piece combining Balinese gamelan, Taiko Japan and Bagpipes to be performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. He collaborated with worldwide companies, such as Jack Morton Production New York for the Hundred Percent Club (HPC) of IBM in May 2017 and May 2018; and Five Current Company for the opening ceremony of Asian Games held in Jakarta August 2018. He has also collaborated with many famous composers Michael Tenzer (2003 - 2013), Andrew Clay McGraw (2006 - 2010), Peter Michael Steele and Joseph Sandino (2007), Gamelan X, and performed at Carnegie Hall, New York. He has just published a book about the future of the Balinese sacred ensemble (2019).

Leslie Tan - Cello

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.

Lionel  Tan - Cello

Lionel Tan, who, in addition to being Leslie’s brother, is 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.

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.


Hazim Suhadi- Piano

An Indonesian pianist, Hazim Suhadi first studied 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 Bachelor in Music in Piano Performance at Lawrence University, Wisconsin, where he studied with Catherine Kautsky, Luba Poliak, Dmitri Novgorodsky, and Vadim Serebryany. He then continued to pursue Piano Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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.

His accomplishments include his winning performance at the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, UW-Madison Beethoven Piano Competition, twice honorable mentions at the UW-Madison Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition, and winner of the Wisconsin Public Radio’s Young Artists’ Competition with Poulenc’s “Concerto for Two Pianos”, which was then broadcast on the radio. 

He is now the Head of Department of Music Theory and History in the Jakarta Conservatory of Music.


Mervin Wong – Sonic Alchemist

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.

Michael Hall - Viola

Michael Hall lives in Chicago and has performed and taught across Europe, Asia and the United States. Described by the New Music Connoisseur as “utterly masterful,” and Chamber Music Today as having “superb technique,” he recently made his Chicago Orchestra Hall solo debut performing the world premiere of Kim Diehnelt’s “Montegar,” and concluded a recital tour to Vienna, Austria and Udine and Tolmezzo, Italy. Hall has been a featured performer at the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangkok, the Positano Chamber Music Festival in Italy, the Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Composer’s Concordance Series in New York City. 

In January 2018, Hall gave the world premiere of Stacy Garrop’s Viola Concerto - “Krakatoa,” with the Bandung Philharmonic in Indonesia.




Bach in Bali

Tri Hita Karana

Padma Legian Resort

Saturday, May 4, 2019

6.30 pm

Performance by Nicole Jeong- violin, Michael Hall- viola, Leslie Tan- cello, and Halim Suhadi- piano

J.S.Bach- Sitkovetsky


Goldberg Variations

Aria and Variations



L.V Beethoven


Serenade String Trio Op. 8



Allegretto alla Polacca

Theme and Variations – Andante quasi Allegretto

Finale: Marcia




J. Brahms


Piano Quartet in G minor, op. 25




Rondo alla Zingarese



Sunday, May 5, 2019

Padma Legian Resort

6.30 pm


Performed by Festival Student Artistes and Gamelan ensemble led by Wayan Sudirana. Featuring

Leslie Tan and Lionel tan with Sonic Artiste Mervin Wong


Be entertained by the student groups following a week of intensive master classes with the faculty.

Led by Lionel Tan and Mervin Wong, the evening ends with the fascinating sounds of western strings and Balinese gamelan in a magnificent collaborative performance that features Bali’s master of the gamelan, Wayan Sudirana.

Tickets and Prices

Ticket for one night performance

Rp. 300,000 net one day

Ticket for two nights performance

500,000 two days pass

  • 30% discount for BCA credit card and debit cardholders
  • 30% discount for in-house guests
  • 50% for musical students + parents + 1 kid = to a maximum of 4 persons in  one family of student/performers
  • 50% for musical students (non-performers)
  • Parents for non-performers musical students 30%


Admission Include canapés and refreshments

Reservation by Email

WA number : +6281237074172