In partnership with the Yogyakarta Special Region, the Australia-Indonesia Centre is proud to bring musicians from the world-renowned Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to Indonesia to educate promising young players and conduct a historic performance at the ancient Prambanan Temple.
This cultural exchange was cemented with a Memorandum of Understanding between the groups, signed by the Sultan of Yogyakarta, His Excellency Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, and the Chairman of the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Mr Harold Mitchell AC in November 2015.
In October 2016, a seven member team from the MSO, including five string musicians, the Managing Director and the Operations Director, visited Yogyakarta to host a five-day music camp. Forty talented Indonesian music students engaged in workshops and rehearsals, culminating in a collaborative performance. The concert was attended by over 300 guests, including His Excellency, Hamengku Buwono X, the Sultan of Yogyakarta together with his family.
This educational visit is a step towards the landmark event planned for March 2017, when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform at the World Heritage-listed Prambanan Temple.
November 2015: Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Australia-Indonesia Centre and the Yogyakarta Special Region
October 2016: MSO musicians visit Yogyakarta to conduct a five-day music camp with Indonesian students and a collaborative concert
March 2017: MSO performs for the Sultan of Yogyakarta at the Prambanan Temple
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Yogyakarta Special Region, November 2015
“The Government of Yogyakarta Special Region would like to convey its gratitude and thanks to the AIC for its active contribution and believes that AIC can play an essential role to promote a better relationship that will give mutual benefits for the people of both countries.”
– His Excellency Hamengku Buwono X, Sultan of Yogyakarta
“This collaboration is exciting. Great friendships can be built through cultural diplomacy.”
– Harold Mitchell, AC
“International engagement is part of the DNA of the orchestra. Our musicians enjoy sharing skills, mentoring students and, of course, performing to new audiences. Given the close and important trading and diplomatic relationship between Indonesia and Australia we are very hopeful of securing the necessary support to bring this exciting partnership to fruition.”
– Mr Michael Ullmer, MSO Chairman
“We wish to express our appreciation to the team at the MSO for their international vision. Music, like fashion and food, brings people together, it makes me smile, and it reminds us that, no matter what the nationality, we have much in common and much to celebrate.”
– Paul Ramadge, Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre