October 9, 1959 |
|Occupations||Conductor, composer, arranger, producer|
|Years active||c. 1977 – present|
Addie Muljadi Sumaatmadja (born 7 October 1959), better known as Addie MS, is an Indonesian conductor. He currently directs the Twilite Orchestra, which he founded in 1991.
Born in Jakarta to a tile factory owner, Addie became interested in music at an early age. By the age of 12 he was studying to play the piano, and during high school he became involved with several musical projects. After failing to finish his university studies, Addie focused entirely on music. His first forays were into pop music, but in 1991 he abandoned the genre for classical music by dedicating himself entirely to his new orchestra. Since then, he has continued to conduct Twilite Orchestra, although he occasionally ventures into film soundtracks and pop songs.
Early life and pop music 
Addie was born in Jakarta on 7 October 1959 to a tile factory owner and his wife, the third of eight children. His family on his mother's side was musically inclined, with most of his female relatives able to play the piano. As a child and teenager he was rebellious, to the point that he changed middle schools three times in as many years and often went truant. When he was 12 he received a secondhand piano, which he learned to play.
Addie later attended Senior High School 3, Setiabudi, where he assisted several musicians such as Keenan Nasution put on shows. He also participated in the production of the albums Guruh Gipsy and Badai Pasti Berlalu (The Storm Will Surely Pass). After high school, Addie worked as a clerk at his father's factory but quit after a month due to being "unable to balance the books". He attempted to go to university, first at Trisakti University then at Krisdwipayana University, but abandoned his studies when he was asked by composer Titiek Hamzah to conduct a group in a pop song competition in Chile; he won second place at the competition.
In 1981 Addie produced Vina Panduwinata's debut album, Citra Biru (Blue Image). In 1984 he was approached by Chrisye, one of his idols, and asked to produce the singer's next album. Although Addie felt that he was unworthy compared to Chrisye's earlier collaborators Eros Djarot and Jockie Soerjoprajogo, he accepted. The resulting album, Sendiri, which featured harps, oboes, cor anglais, and a string section, went on to win a BASF Award for best selling album. That same year he went to Ohio to take a course on recording engineering.
Twilite Orchestra and other projects 
Addie founded the Jakarta-based Twilite Orchestra in 1991. To focus on the orchestra, he quit his earlier job of writing jingles. He now serves as both conductor and manager. Since 2006 he has also been active with the St. Theresia School Orchestra, which is composed mainly of students of the school. In 1994 he orchestrated three works on Suzanne Ciani's Grammy-nominated album Dream Suite, and the following year he attended a workshop on conducting in Los Angeles.
In 2003, Addie composed the Indonesian Army March and Hymn. That same year he composed the score to Biola Tak Berdawai (The Stringless Violin), directed by his friend Sekar Ayu Asmara. In August of the following year, Addie founded the Twilite Youth Orchestra to spread awareness of classic music amongst Indonesia's youth. The youth orchestra stemmed from an outreach program Twilite had started in 1998. In 2005 he arranged songs for pop singers such as Agnes Monica and Rita Effendi. The following year he prepared the soundtrack for Cinta Pertama (First Love), with vocals by the film's star Bunga Citra Lestari.
Addie brought the Twilite Orchestra to Sydney, Australia, in 2009 to become the first Indonesian orchestra to play at the Sydney Opera House. The concert, which included covers of "Indonesia Pusaka" ("Indonesia, the Heritage") by Ismail Marzuki, "Bengawan Solo" by Gesang Martohartono, and "Tabuh-Tabuhan" by Canadian composer Colin McPhee, served to promote tourism to Indonesia.
In 2011 Addie worked together with music director Andi Rianto to release the book Simfoni Untuk Negeri (Symphony for the Country). That same year, he led Twilite Orchestra in adapting the manga Nodame Cantabile into a concert. The performance, entitled Cantabile 2, made its debut at Aula Simfonia Concert Hall in Kebayoran, Jakarta, on 16 July and featured works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Mikhail Glinka.
Addie has described himself as sometimes overthinking his work. He also often receives input from fans of the Twilite Orchestra through Twitter. As of July 2011[update], he has 79,000 followers.
Personal life 
In a 2011 interview with Indah Setiawati of The Jakarta Post, Addie described himself as a workaholic. Although he enjoys reading and watching orchestral performances, he reportedly has little time for them. Instead, he smokes Cuban cigars and drinks cappuccinos during his off time.
As of 2011[update], Addie lives in Pondok Labu, Cilandak, South Jakarta. He is married to pop and rock singer Memes; together they have two sons. Both children have been taught to play music since early childhood. Addie is Muslim.
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- Hanya Wanita 2006-11-24, Cinta Pertama.
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- Raden 2009, Orchestras tripping the twilite.
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- Nazarudin 2011, Twilite Orchestra revamps.
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