Vocal Ensemble of Indonesia

Batavia Madrigal Singers

Batavia Madrigal Singers (BMS) is one of the leading vocal ensembles in Indonesia. In 2001 BMS won three awards from the distinctive international choir competition. At the Florilege Vocal de Tours, France, they were awarded: First Prize for the “Free Program“Category, Third Place in “Vocal Ensemble”, and a special award from the Minister of Culture of France for “The Best Interpretation of a French Composition”

Founded by the alumni of Paduan Suara Universitas Katholik Parahyangan (Parahyangan Catholic University Choir), BMS is now open for singers who share the passion in performing choral music literature. Currently BMS has about 40 active singers, professionals and skilled amateurs, who were selected by a competitive audition. With its wide ranging repertoires, from Renaissance to Contemporary, BMS was honoured to perform the newest compositions of Slamet Abdul Sjukur and Tony Prabowo, Indonesia eminent composers.

Avip Priatna has been the conductor and music director since its establishment in 1997. BMS debut performance was in February 1997, held by Yayasan Musik Internasional (International Music Foundation, Indonesia) commemorating the bicentenary of Schubert’s birth and the centenary of Brahms’ demise. Following that, in 1999 BMS held a concert at the Yamaha Music Centre, Jakarta, performing various French compositions. Since then, BMS has continuously illustrated the music scene locally whilst gearing up its competence and along the way claiming the reputation to be one of the best choirs in Jakarta as confirmed by the positive responses from classical music enthusiasts, critics, and media. In the same year, BMS was invited to perform for the opening concert of Asian Composers’s League at the Sultanate in Yogyakarta.

In 2004 BMS was invited to take part in the 6th International Choir Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. In that particular occasion, BMS was requested especially to sing in the opening ceremony. A year after (2005), BMS was trusted to collaborate and perform “Doa Persembunyian” (Prayer in Hiding), a masterpiece of Tony Prabowo, as well as to premiere his “Opera Kali” (River Opera) in Indonesia. Following the positive responses, in 2006 BMS staged the opera “Samson et Delila” by Saint-Saens, at the newly built Nusa Indah Auditorium in Jakarta.

In October 2006, BMS was invited to do series of performance which started in Singapore, performing at the University Cultural Centre of the National University of Singapore with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, a multicultural orchestra from the Kanawaza Prefecture, Japan. This was followed by another performance with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa at the Macau International Music Festival then followed. In that Festival, BMS also did a concert with the highlight of various Indonesian Folksongs.

The journey in the second half of the year continued with BMS direct departure to Polyfollia, a worldwide festival and arts mart for choral singing in Normandy, in which BMS was requested to take part in the Polyfollia Opening Concert. Having performed with numerous choirs there, BMS embarked France to take part at the Tolosa European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Spain and took part in 2 categories.

AVIP PRIATNA, Conductor

Avip Priatna is acclaimed to be one of the most accomplished Indonesian conductor in the field of Western Classical music now. He started his musical education by taking the piano lessons by the age of 10 in his hometown, Bogor, West Java. He has also been tutored by some of Indonesias 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, he decided to pursue his musical education further to the Hochschule for Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien ( Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Vienna), where he was accepted under a join 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 (Ausgezeichtung), and following that he was appointed the 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.

At current, Mr. Priatna is the music director, as well as 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 “The 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.

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.