FARMAN PURNAMA

Farman Purnama is an Indonesian tenor, was born in Jakarta.
He received his first vocal training from Mr. N. Simanungkalit at the age of 11. Soon after Farman won first prize in the Bina Vokalia vocal competition in 1988, he obtained a scholarship to study vocal with Mr. Pranadjaja. At the same time he also received training from a Belgian teacher, Annett Frambach.
Farman continued his formal education at Bandung Institute of Technology ( ITB ) majoring in Architecture and graduated in year 2002.

In 1999 Farman became a member of an International level choir in Indonesia named Batavia Madrigal Singers, where he met the conductor of the choir, Mr. Avip Priatna Mag.Art, from whom Farman received vocal training until the present-day. With this group Farman competed in an International choir competition Florilege Vocal de Tours , France in 2001. Later on he always joined the International events whenever the group was invited.

Farman also participated in several masterclasses presented by world class tutors such as Sonja Van Lier, Rudolf Jansen and Christa Pfeiler from Nederlands. In January 2006, he joined the masterclass camp for advanced classical singers in Thailand hosted by Ms. Loh Siew Tuan.

He decided to chase his musical career more professionaly by studying classical vocal performing art at Utrecht Conservatory (Hogeschool voor de kunsten Utrecht) under direction of Henny Diemer, one of the world’s most renowned teachers, since August 2009.

Concerts And Recitals

He has often appeared as a soloist for Batavia Madrigal Singers and for The Jakarta Chamber Orchestra which both are under direction of Mr. Avip Priatna Mag.Art. Some of the concerts that he had performed together with these groups are Handell’s Messiah (2002), Rachmaninoff ‘s Vespers (2003) and JS. Bach’s Magnificat in a concert entitled Glorious Baroque In May 2004. In July 2004, he performed in a concert of Broadway highlights entitled Broadway Night.

Farman actively performed in vocal recitals such as Malam Seriosa Indonesia with Christopher Abimanyu (2001) and also in recitals organized by The Art Songs Series which some of them were Schubertiade (2001), Liederabend (2001), and The Art of Folksongs (2003). In 2004, organized by Yasmina Zulkarnaen and him self, he made his own duo recital entitled Beau Soir. He performed with Indonesian soprano Fitri Muliati, both presented various artsongs composed by French composers.
In August 2004, Farman had the honour of being invited to perform in a concert for the MARA Institute of Technology in Malaysia. One of the dignitary audiences was the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahatir Mohammad.
In November 2005 with Rangkaian Tembang Puitik ( The Art Songs Series ) he presented Schumann’s Dichterliebe in a concert entitled Schumanniana accompanied by a prominent Indonesian pianist Iswargia Renardi Sudarno.

In October 2006 he got the chance to become a soloist of Coronation Mass by Mozart in Singapore and at Macau International Music Festival in Macau, accompanied by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa from Japan. For this oppotunity Farman performed with Rao Lan, world class soprano from China. With the Orchestra, in June 2007 he performed the solo part of Carl Maria Von Weber’s Mass in e flat major, in the town where the Orchestra dwells, Kanazawa Japan. For this occation, the performance was recorded and published by Warner Classic Japan.

Opening the year 2007, Farman was asked to premiere the song of “Spider’s Ballad”, and to sing another song entitled “Kama”, in Ananda Sukarlan’s New Year Concert. Both songs are based on Ilham Malayu’s poem and composed by Ananda Sukarlan. Ananda Sukarlan has been recognized as one of world prominent pianists from Indonesia. For this occasion, Ananda played astonishingly beautiful the accompaniments himself.

Opera

His opera debut was in Dido and Aeneas in 2004, where he played the title role of Aeneas.

In March/April 2005 and August 2005 he performed the second role of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. This was organized in conjunction with the Parahyangan University Choir and Jakarta Chamber Orchestra under the sponsorship of ProXL.

His third opera was Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns in July 2006. In this Opera, again he was honoured to play the title role, Samson.

Others

He also sings popular song. He sings ‘ Tak Kembali ‘ in the recording album Iscagni. This was organized in conjunction with the Parahyangan University Choir and Jakarta Chamber Orchestra under the sponsorship of ProXL.

His third opera was Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns in July 2006. In this Opera, again he was honoured to play the title role, Samson.

Othersnterlude dari Hati by Andi Rianto, an Indonesian composer and arranger.

Sumber: Farman Purnama blog

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