Jakarta Concert Orchestra (JCO) was founded in 2002 by Avip Priatna Mag. Art and Prof. DR Toeti Heraty Roosseno. It was known as Jakarta Chamber Orchestra. The purpose of Jakarta Concert Orchestra is to be the standard orchestra in Jakarta, as well as to be its great asset and representative. The musicians in the orchestra are professional ones from various cities in Indonesia. Jakarta Concert Orchestra has held many concerts performing the works of great composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Miaskovsky, Shostakovich, Prokovief, and Haydn. Besides the symphonic works, Jakarta Concert Orchestra has also performed vocal symphonic works with Batavia Madrigal Singers. Conducted by Avip Priatna, Jakarta Concert Orchestra has held operas performed in full: Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Menotti’s The Telephone, and the musical Sang Kuriang with libretto by Utuy T. Sontani, one of Indonesia’s prominent poets and music by Dian H.P.
Jakarta Concert Orchestra routinely holds concert series and performs in many occasions collaborating with other parties, among others are Bimasena, Yayasan Kebun Raya Indonesia, the Italian Embassy, the Russian Embassy, P.T. PLN, Yayasan Rumah Kita, CIMB Niaga, Lingkar Budaya Indonesia, PUKAT (Indonesia’s Association of Catholic Entrepreneurs), Bank MANDIRI, The Ministry of Transportation, Istana Presiden, etc. Those events were An Enchanting Evening of Music and Harmony, A Romantic Evening, Konser Kemerdekaan, From Russia with Love, Souvenir from Vienna, Opera Gala Concert, Broadway Night, Simfoni Untuk Bangsa concert series, Imagine 2013 (The Beatles songs), A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, An American Rhapsody, The Beatles Forever and many events of the seasons.
Collaborating with distinguished and notable musicians, both from Indonesia and abroad, has been another thing that Jakarta Concert Orchestra is very proud of. Among those musicians are Aning Katamsi Asmoro, Ananda Sukarlan, Bernadetta Astari, Binu Sukaman, Christopher Abimanyu, Farman Purnama, Isyana Sarasvati, Bams (Samson), Judika, Lea Simanjuntak, Mike (idol), Regina (idol), Teza Sumendra (idol), Enrico Lancia, Miwako Fukushi, Maria di Benedetto, Pavel Sedov, Vitaly Yunitsky, Esther Apituley, Lavinia Meijer, Adam Gyorgi, Bettina Jensen, Gerard Schneider, Suzanne Shakespeare, and Alexey Botvinov.
Jakarta Concert Orchestra has been giving its effort to provide quality music for the people, and give them more exposure to classical music so that they could have higher level of appreciation towards it. Jakarta Concert Orchestra also supports the quality development of musicians by being the medium for them, and with the concert series of Classic for Young People, it helps classical music be more popular among the young, and provides the media for young talented musicians to perform in the orchestra with the professionals. With its regular programs, Jakarta Concert Orchestra expects is in Jakarta’s agenda of arts and culture.
“ The quality of the orchestra and vocalists are very much difficult to find their shortcomings….”
(Kompas 26 March 2014, Ninok Leksono)
“The performance of Jakarta Chamber Orchestra was equally amazing. Edvard Gried’s Holberg Suite for String Orchestra was grand and gracefully presented, and so were the works of Karl Jenkins, Palladio Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra. The notes of the first violins under Michelle Siswanto beautifully reached the highest and touching point. The composition which has some repetitive notes was very far from boring.”
(Majalah Tempo, May 24-30, 2010 edition)