About

A mother of two, born in Jakarta, 1986 and currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, Marisa completed her Master degree in Composition at Royal Holloway University of London in 2013. She holds a Bachelor and a Professional degree in Pharmacy from University of Indonesia and Master Certificate in Arranging & Orchestration from Berklee College of Music. Being a composer, conductor and pianist, Marisa teaches and manages a music studio for little children named Canzona Music School and co-founded Perempuan Komponis, a platform for Indonesian women composers. As the nation’s first and only composer in residence of an orchestra, a composer residence of Bandung Philharmonic and former composer in residence of Orkestra Simfoni UI Mahawaditra, only at the age of 35 she has initiated and adjudicated 5 Indonesian young composers competitions. She is also fond of playing gamelan degung (Sundanese) and Balinese gamelan.

Awarded Celebrity Online Scholarship in the name of Juan Luis Guerra from Berklee in 2011, Marisa received Royal Holloway’s Travel Award: Dame Felicity Lott’s Bursary to pursuit her conducting experiences in 2013. In 2016 Marisa joined Bandung Philharmonic’s conducting fellowship, receiving guidance and tutorial from conductor Robert Nordling. Marisa became the conductor of Orkestra Simfoni Universitas Indonesia Mahawaditra in 2015-2017 and later composer in residence of the orchestra in 2017-2020 while was also named composer in residence for Bandung Philharmonic since 2018 until today.

Marisa was the winner of Baroque Remixed Project 2012 UK National Postgraduate composer competition held by BBC Concert Orchestra. BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood premiered the piece at The Roundhouse, London, and was live broadcasted on the BBC Radio 3. In collaboration with Wayang Golek puppeteer Prof. Matthew Cohen, she composed and directed music for a puppet theatre performed at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall in Southbank Centre as part of Gamelanathon event in 2013. At the same year, Marisa was appointed as one of London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub’s Phase II associate composers.

She has received commissions and her music has been premiered internationally by notorious ensembles such as London Symphony Orchestra members, Hebrides Ensemble, CHROMA Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Contemporary Consort, CoMA, National Taiwan Philharmonic, Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, The Esoterics Vocal Ensemble, violist Michael Hall, trombonist Philip Brink, Vario Duo -Manu Brazo (saxophone), Prajna Indrawati (piano), Amelia Tionanda (violin) and Ensemble Tiamori, Ronny Gunawan (flute) and strings,  Jakarta Concert Orchestra, Bandung Philharmonic, Jakarta City Philharmonic, Orkes Simfoni Universitas Indonesia Mahawaditra, ACME Strings Ensemble,  ITB Choral Festival 2014, Purwacaraka Music School Children Choir, Seraphim Cantabile Choir, Penabur Choir, D’artbeat Musical Productions and Canzona Music School.

Her music has been heard at prestigious concert halls in London, Oxford, Orkney (Scotland), Brussels, Chicago, Michigan,Seattle, Cincinnati USA, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Bandung, Malang, Depok in international music festival like Asian Composers League in Taiwan, St Magnus International Music Festival in Orkney Scotland, Baroque on Beaver Music Festival in Michigan USA, Australian International Music Festival, Bach in Bali Festival, Salihara International Performing Arts Festival, Singapore International Choral Festival.

Having perfect-pitch ears, her music influences span from Stravinsky, Dvorak, Debussy, John Adams, Arvo Part, jazz music, to Indonesian folklore. Her music flourished under the tuition of Robert Nordling, Denise Ham, Levin Parikian and Budi Utomo Prabowo (conducting), Mark Bowden, Jerry Gates, Ben Newhouse, Haryo Soejoto (composition and orchestration), Iravati M Sudiarso, Aminoto Kosin (piano), I Gusti Kompyang Raka (balinese gamelan), Simon Cook (sundanese gamelan). She also used to played second violin for Pro Arte orchestra under the baton of Adidharma Wijaya in her teen age, and sang in Indonesian Children’s Choir participating for Golden Gate International Choral Festival and Japan International Youth Musicale back in 1997. She was also a runner up for national electone organ competition held by Technics in 1996 and still actively plays pipe organ at the church in Jakarta.

As a pianist she has traveled to all major islands in Indonesia and served throughout the archipelago as an accompanist for many national choral festivals, she has also accompanied singers for concerts and recitals, and accompanied TV talkshows on national TV.

Her music has been described as “extraordinary”, ”captivating”, “magical”, “exquisite”, “atmospheric”, “poetic”, “instinctive ear for colour combined with some genuine contrapuntal invention”, “unmistakable stylistic maturity”, “fascinating sound world” by her fellow composers, musicians and audience members.