Addie MS & Twilite Orchestra Feat. Lea Simanjuntak and Bob James
Addie MS’ learning process as a composer and conductor has been achieved by means of self-taught and informal studies, such as conducting masterclass by Jorge Mester in Los Angeles in 1984, recording workshop in Ohio in 1995, and other related workshops.
Addie started his music career in pops music during the 80s when he achieved a number of awards, to name, 3 Golden Trophy BASF Awards as Best Music Arranger, 2 Golden Records for Vina Panduwinata album, and 2 Silver Records for Chrisye album.
In 1991, together with Indra U. Bakrie and Oddie Agam, Addie founded the Twilite Orchetra. Since then Addie has produced numerous works and symphonic concerts, in addition to educational concerts in schools and campuses through the Musicademia program.
Addie’s nationalism is expressed in the album he produced with Youk Tanzil titled Simfoni Negeriku, in which he re-recorded the Indonesian anthem, “Indonesia Raya”, and orchestrated Indonesian national songs of which are widely used in national events or occasions. Supported by Garuda Indonesia, he has also orchestrated and recorded Indonesian folk songs which are compiled in the album “The Sounds of Indonesia”.
As a composer, Addie has written various illustration music for films and theme songs for corporates and institutions, among which are Mars dan Himne TNI (March and Hymn of the Indonesian Armed Forces); theme songs of Garuda Indonesia, Bank Indonesia, Summarecon, BCA; and illustration music for films “Biola Tak Berdawai” (Stringless Violin), “Dealova”, “Cinta Pertama” (First Love), and many others.
With the Twilite Orchestra, Addie collaborated with David Foster, Natalie Cole, Maksim, Il Divo, Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, and made and orchestration in Suzanne Ciani’s Dream Suite album which was nominated as The Best New Age Album in the 38th Grammy Awards.
In 1995 and 2004 Addie founded the Twilite Chorus and the Twilite Youth Orchestra to further improve choral and symphonic music appreciation among Indonesian youths.
In association with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the respective Indonesian Consulate and Embassies, Addie and the Twilite Orchestra performed in Hanoi and Sydney Opera House in 2009, and followed by performances in Berlin and Bratislava in 2012. Those performances were the firsts ever by an Indonesian conductor and orchestra, and which were full house performances with standing ovations. Then in 2015, Addie was invited by the Indonesian Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan, as a guest conductor to conduct the Orchestra of the Kazakh National University of Arts; and as guest conductor to the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in September 2017 in an event held by the Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate the Indonesian Independence Day.
Awards achieved by Addie MS, to name are:
‘Musik Film Terpuji’ Festival Film Bandung 2004, for film music ‘Biola Tak Berdawai”
‘Prize of Elegance Award’ from Longines
‘Golden Conductor Award’ from Yayasan Pendidikan Musik
‘Diamond Achievement Award’ from De Beers
‘The Scent of Success’ from The Peak & BOSS
‘Metronome Award’ from PAPPRI
‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Indosat Awards
‘Karya Bakti Musik Indonesia 2014’ from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy
‘Artpreneur Award’ 2015 from Trilogy University
‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Indonesian Choice Award 2015, NET TV