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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, September 2014

If Widjaja has been received in his Indonesian homeland, as the booklet states, as a sort of pop star, then he’s succeeded on perhaps an even higher level in bringing rich musical values to the marketplace than have, say, Nigel Kennedy and David Garrett. However that may be, his versions of Bach sound like no others. And he’s accomplished everything without the “benefit” of a 15-million-dollar violin; in fact, he’s incorporated his instrument (many orders of magnitude less valuable objectively) in his personality, as he weds strong timbral individuality to comprehensive technical command and deep musical insight. Urgently recommended as a deeply personal testament from a young violinist, synthesizing much of value from the past with much of value from the present. Even those who don’t favor an approach like his should find it intensely interesting—and riveting. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2014

Iskandar Widjaja’s Bach is gorgeous, from the very intimately and thoughtful played sonatas to the jubilant luminosity of the Concertos. © 2014 Pizzicato





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