How eating shrimps made me aware of food waste

Till this day, I still can’t understand why some people will only eat half of the shrimp and send the rest of the poor godsend delicacy straight to the trash can. He has paid good money for that, why throw it away? It is such an unnecessary food waste. It was from one guy of…

The Reformation of Indonesian Film

The Indonesian film industry has suffered for many decades due to excessive censorship, lack of funding, and lack of exposure outside the country. However, thanks to a wave of new talent, the country’s films are beginning to arrive on international screens and impress at festivals around the world. The history of Indonesian cinema The first…

A Conversation with Tasmin Waley-Cohen

Described by the Guardian as a performer of “fearless intensity”,  the recipient of 2016-2017 ECHO Rising Stars Awards Tamsin Waley-Cohen joined by pianist Huw Watkins released a new CD exploring folk-inspired Bohemia from before the First World War. It features works by Antonin Dvořák, Josef Suk and Leoš Janáček. Primephonic’s Rina Sitorus had a chance…

An Interview with Liza Ferschtman

Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman, considered as one of the most important violinists of her age, is known for her passionate performances, collaborations with modern dancers and innovative programming as an artistic director. Primephonic’s Rina Sitorus had a chance to talk to Liza about her latest projects and how she crowdfunded her Mendelssohn recording. Your parents…

An interview with Eugene Izotov: instrument envy and perfection

Perfection doesn’t exist, because your idea of perfection is constantly evolving. It is impossible, but you can try to get closer every time.” Eugene Izotov is the first Soviet-born musician in history to hold a principal wind position in any major American symphony orchestra. Appointed by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2014, Izotov is currently the principal oboist…

An interview with Christoph Prégardien: the pressure of surpassing your previous performance

German lyric tenor Christoph Prégardien talks to Primephonic’s Rina Sitorus about the perfect combination of singing, teaching and conducting, alongside his 40-year career and upcoming project(s) with Challenge Records. Prégardien is praised as one of the most distinguished lyric tenors of our time, with extensive repertoire that includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios…

An interview with Tasmin Little: energy and poetry

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. An exclusive recording artist for Chandos Records, Tasmin just recorded two further discs for Chandos. The first, the World Premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons written for Tasmin, coupled with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was…

website copywriting

Came across this today, copywriting I did for http://www.pln.co.id, the Indonesia state-owned electricity company. It’s a collector’s item thing since apparently they put this (the English version) offline some time ago.

An interview with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet: life is not a straight line

primephonic’s Rina Sitorus speaks to the gregarious French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet about his not-your-everyday musical journey in a very engaging and horizon-expanding conversation.   How did your journey start? You chose piano when you already had your diploma from the Paris Conservatoire. Were you not ‘too late’ to make the decision after studying oboe, percussion…

An interview with JoAnn Falletta: the explorer

I guess the fear for me is that there’ll be some great composers who I will never have found! Hailed as a “leading force for the music of our time”, for her work as a conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director…