Iskandar connects worlds. The son of Arabic-Dutch and Chinese-Indonesian parents grew up with high-caliber classical music and has already performed with internationally renowned ensembles such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Munich, Warsaw and Shanghai Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, RSO Vienna and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Simultaneously, he has developed a parallel showbiz career in east Asia, with regular TV appearances, commercial endorsement contracts, brand-ambassador duties and "trending topic" status (most mentioned term) on Twitter.
Iskandar is strongly committed to educational projects for children in the Asian Pacific region, typically in collaboration with UNICEF or the WWF. Supported by KOMPAS Gramedia, Indonesia's biggest media group, he has organized charity events to finance musical instruments and instruction for street children.
His personality and energy are aptly summed up by the string players' house magazine The Strad, in the following words: "Iskandar Widjaja, a true force of nature."