Avip Priatna is acclaimed to be one of the most accomplished Indonesian conductors in the field of Western Classical music. He started his musical education when he was 110 years old by taking piano lessons in his hometown Bogor, West Java. He has also been tutored by some of Indonesia’s most respected musical figures: Rosaline Tambunan, Oerip Santoso, and Trisutji Kamal.
Upon completion of his undergraduate studies at the Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung where he majored in architecture, Avip Priatna decided to pursue his further musical education at the Hochschule for Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Vienna), where he was accepted under a joint scholarship from the Austrian Government and the Rotary Club. He studied choir conducting with the renowned conductor Gunther Theuring and orchestral conducting with Leopold Hager.
In 1995 Mr. Priatna graduated with distinction (Auszeichnung), and was appointed Assistant of the Wiener Jeunesse Chor and later on became a member of the Wiener Singverein and the Wiener Hochschule Kammerchor. In 1998 he completed his Magister Artium in choir conducting under the guidance of Gunther Theuring with a scholarship from Parahyangan Catholic University.
Currently, Mr. Priatna is the music director and conductor of the Parahyangan Catholic University Choir (PSM UnPar), Batavia Madrigal Singers (BMS) and Jakarta Chamber Orchestra (JCO). The latter was initially performed as the Parahyangan Chamber Orchestra, but in 2002 it was transformed into Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, whom BMS has performed many vocal symphony works with. JCO also presents its own orchestral symphony concert regularly in Jakarta and Bandung.
Mr. Priatna has led the Parahyangan Catholic University Choir in winning numerous pretigious international choir competition, such as: Arnhem/The Netherlands (1995), Arrezzo/Italy (1997), Choir Olympics in Linz/Austria (2000). 2003 was indeed a memorable year for Mr. Priatna as he led the university choir to win the “First Prize of Achievement Level 1” and “Gustave Chalier Preis” for “Best Interpretation of Sacred Choral Works” for the Gloria by the Korean composer Woo Hyo Wan at the 8th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf/Germany.
In October 2006, Mr. Priatna and his ensemble, the Batavia Madrigal Singers were invited to perform together with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa at the Macau International Music Festival, as well as a debut concert at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for the Arts, again with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. 2006 also saw Mr. Priatna’s conducting the Batavia Madrigal Singers at the Polyfolia Festival in France.
In June 2007, Mr. Priatna and his Batavia Madrigal Singers was invited to Japan by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa to be a guest conductor in one of their subscription concert, presenting the works or Weber, such as the Clarinet Concerto with the clarinettist Fumie Endo, Missa Sancta NO. 1 in E Flat Major, as well as Der Freischutz, Ouverture, of which a CD recording has also been released.
Under his baton, the three ensembles: the Batavia Madrigal Singers, the Parahyangan Catholic University Choir and the Jakarta Chamber Orchestra perform their annual concerts, performing various repertoires from renaissance era to 20th century music, and always striving to be a step closer in realising the vision of bring orchestral and vocal symphony works closer to the heart of the public.