P R O F I L E 

It is particularly their strong curiosity about the new creation and the desire to deepen the knowledge about the repertoire of the 20th century that led Alfian Emir Adytia and Kanako Abe to found this duo cello & piano. Javanese & Japanese musicians, both members are also composers, this duo born from their meeting in Indonesia in 2013 is focused on the creative side, seeking all the potential of the new sound that can be drawn from this combination of 2 instruments, without neglecting their Asian roots.  In addition to 20th century masterpieces such as Debussy, Shostakovich, Piazzolla and Pärt, their repertoire is spontaneously relegated to any kind of "novelty" without the genre boundary or aesthetic. Classical, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Ethnic etc. Very passionate in the defense of musical creation, and always in close collaboration with the composers, Portal Musik is ready to assure the world premieres, to introduce the works written in 20th century which are unknown by the public. Also, both members make arrangements of the different works in order to renew the colour of the cello-piano combination. The duo gave concerts in Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Paris, Nancy (France) and Zutphen (NL). Among the upcoming concerts, the Festival de Musique aux Mirabelles in Hattonchatel in September 2018 (Lorraine, France).

Hongerige nieuwsgierigheid naar de nieuwe creaties en de wens om meer te verdiepen in het repertoire van de 20ste eeuw dat Alfian Emir Adytia en Kanako Abe ertoe leidde dit duo van cello en piano op te richten. 

Een Javaanse en Japanse musicus, beide zijn ook componisten, geboren uit hun ontmoeting in Indonesië in 2013 is zijn zij vooral gericht op de creatieve kant, op zoek naar alle mogelijkheden van het nieuwe geluid dat mogelijk is binnen deze combinatie van 2 instrumenten en hun Aziatische erfgoed. Naast meesterwerken uit de 20e eeuw, zoals Debussy, Shostakovich, Piazzolla en Pärt, gaan zij op zoek naar elke vorm van "nieuwigheid" zonder de grens van het genre of de esthetiek. Klassiek, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Etnisch etc. Zeer gepassioneerd in de creatie van muziek, en altijd in nauwe samenwerking met de componisten, is Portal Musik klaar om de wereldpremières te verzekeren, en composities uit de 20ste eeuw te introduceren die weinig bekend zijn onder het publiek. Ook maken beide leden bewerkingen van de verschillende werken om de kleur van de cello-piano-combinatie te vernieuwen.  Het duo gaf concerten in Yogyakarta (Indonesië), Parijs, Nancy (Frankrijk) en Zutphen (NL). Onder de aankomende concerten, het "Festival de Musique aux Mirabelles" in Hattonchatel in September 2018 (Lorraine, Frankrijk).

 Kanako Abe 

Japanese conductor and pianist born in Osaka, Kanako studied Piano from the age of 2. After her graduation at Tokyo University of Arts and  Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), she started her career first as a pianist. Her CD for Takemitsu solo piano works released in 2000 was highly appreciated by the critic. In 2005 she founded a chamber orchestra for contemporary music “Ensemble Multilatérale” and became its music director / permanent conductor (until 2014).

Her repertoire covers from baroque to contemporary music. Especially, as her background shows, contemporary music is her specialty. She premiered more than 90 compositions and made lot of radio & CD recording in close collaboration with several composers including Martin Matalon, Michaël Lévinas, Michael Jarrell.

She also conducted operas, such as “La Traviata”, “Macbeth” and “Die Zauberflöte” at Zürich Opera House, Opéra national Montpellier Occicitanie and Rhin National Opera.

In 2013 Fabio Luisi asked her to be his assistant conductor at the Festival della Valle d'Itria.

As for social contribution, she organized and conducted in 2011 and 2012 at UNESCO, the charity concert for the victims of Earthquake and Tsunami in Tôhoku, sponsored by the Embassy of Japan.

She also has a strong passion on education, she founded in 2014 with Alfian Emir Adytia the Indonesian Youth Symphony Orchestra and became its Music Director. She works for educational concerts for young pupils to enhance the interests on contemporary music in Paris.

Kanako Abe is currently the president of The Association Franco Japonaise de la Musique Contemporaine, Artistic Director of Musica Universalis and Music Partner of Tokyo Ensemnable Factory.

 Alfian Emir Adytia 

Indonesian cellist and composer, Alfian started to study cello in 2005 (13 years old) with his father. Soon after he began to play in the orchestra such as National Youth Symphony Orchestra (Kuala Lumpur), Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble (Bangkok) and Nusantara Symphony Orchestra (Jakarta).

While he continued his cello study at Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakartafrom 2011 to 2016, Alfian won the best performance prize in the Zhang Jia Jie International Country Music Week 2013 (China) and the 1st prize at Composition Competition 50 Years of Blessings Avip Priatna 2016 (Jakarta).

As a young prominent soloist, Alfian performed many concertos with orchestra such as Haydn, Elgar, Dvorak. He also took part in Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival.

His curiosity and versatile taste brought him to perform not only the classical repertoire but also pop, jazz, improvisation etc. In 2017, he released his first monographic CD ‘Nachtmusik’ for cello quartet, performed by himself by multi-track.

Highly interested in the music education of younger generations in Indonesia, he found with Kanako Abe the Indonesian Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2014 where he has been Asistant Music Director and conductor until 2016.

In The Netherlands, Alfian studied cello with Maarten Mostert in Amsterdam and Jeroen Den Herder in Cello Academy Zutphen. Currently Alfian is studying for masters cello in Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with his main teacher, Larissa Groeneveld. Specialized for the contemporary music program in the conservatorium, Alfian is one of student/member of Ensemble Academy which is coached by many prominent contemporary ensembles in Netherlands and Europe such as ASKO Schoenberg, Slagwerk Den Haag, New European Ensemble and many more. Alfian also studied jazz practices with Tim Kliphuis.