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Artistic Impression

Indonesia has produced an impressive international assemblage of instrumentalists and composers over the past 50 years such as Slamet Abdul Sjukur, Ananda Sukarlan, Balawan, Aksan Sjuman, Gardika Gigih and Nursalim Yadi Anugerah. Continuing this colorful musical heritage, Alfian Emir Adytia, who is currently living in The Netherlands is actively performing cello and composing both classical and non-classical music.

His wide range of influences from western classical music to rock, fusion, gamelan and keroncong music led him to mark several artistic achievements such as The Best Performance Prize in the Zhang Jia Jie International Country Music Week 2013 (China), 1st prize at Composition Competition 50 Years of Blessings Avip Priatna 2016 (Jakarta), 2nd prize/Publikprijs in Asten Classic Award 2018 (Netherlands), 1st prize/Juriprijs in Willem Twee Chamber Music Competition 2018 (Netherlands), Artist-in-Residence for International Cello Festival Zutphen 2021.

As a cellist, Alfian has been collaborating with orchestras and groups such as Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra, Jakarta City Philharmonic, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, New European Ensemble, Dordrechts Kamerorkest, ASKO Schönberg, Portal Musik, Duo Achterom and Trio Treswara. He has been performing in festivals and venues such as Amsterdam Cello Biennale, International Cello Festival Zutphen, Jazz in de Gracht, Tong Tong Fair, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Opera Forward Festival, Minimal Music Festival, Bachfestival Dordrecht, Het National Opera en Ballet, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, NPO Radio 4 and Tivoli Vredenburg. Alfian is currently playing on a 1870 cello by Angelo Radrizzani, played before by Jeroen Bool, owned by Luc Bool. 

Besides of composing for the sake of music, Alfian has been commissioned by several institutions and individuals such as Jakarta City Philharmonic, Jakarta Concert Orchestra, Kompas Gramedia, Orkes Mahasiswa ISI Yogyakarta, CelloWercken Zutphen, Bagaskoro Byar Sumirat (oboist) and Angelica Liviana (pianist). His works have been widely played in Southeast Asia, East Asia, The Netherlands, France and in the US. Throughout 2016-2021, Alfian released 3 discographical albums - Nachtmusik (2016), Animinimal (2019) and Death Of Beauty (2021). 

Academic Impression

Alfian's first interest in music was guitar in 2001 (age 9) when his older cousin showed him his guitar strummings. His interest grew and began first his music theory and composition studies with his father, Yoesbar Djaelani in around 2002 (age 10). Three years later, he started to learn the cello with his father. 

In 2008, Alfian entered the High School of Music in Yogyakarta, Indonesia where he continued his cello studies with Brigida Berta. In 2011, Alfian pursuing bachelor study in Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta and study under Budi Ngurah and Asep Hidayat. His cellistic growth developed during this period thanks to many external teachers and masteclasses with Caroline Kang, Marcin Szawelski, Stefanie Waegner and Matthias Diener. During this period, Alfian was being awarded a study scholarship by Tembi Rumah Budaya. 

In 2017, Alfian went further to study for masters degree in Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, The Netherlands. Studying with his main teacher, Larissa Groeneveld, his growth expanded thanks to many other inputs from lessons and masterclasses by Maarten Mostert, Jeroen Den Herder, Roger Regter, Tim Kliphuis, Gavriel Lipkind, Ran Varon, Li-Wei Qin and composition mentoring by Martijn Padding.

During his masters study times, Alfian was being awarded Holland Scholarship for his first year and Funds for Excellence of the Royal Conservatoire for his second year. His research on hybridal keroncong cello received a warm feedbacks and academic final result. Alfian is now continuing this research on finding the footsteps of keroncong cello development and searching for any influence from The Netherlands that might bypassed during the Dutch colonial era in Dutch East Indies.

Alfian also has been invited several times to give lectures and sharing sessions by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universitas Negeri Padang, ISI Padangpanjang, ISI Yogyakarta and PERPROMI. He is currently also appointed as external master research supervisor in the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.