Wilson Leywantono (b. 1995 in Medan, Indonesia) is currently pursuing his Master in Composition in Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatoire of The Hague). Wilson obtained his Bachelor of Music in Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, the United Kingdom in July 2017. As part of his studies in Birmingham, Wilson is also selected as part of Erasmus Exchange programme to Zeneakadémia in Budapest, Hungary in 2015.
His tutors are composers from many different practices such as Andrew Hamilton, Michael Wolters, Fumiko Miyachi, Silvia Borzelli, Jan van de Putte, Fekete Gyula, Balázs Horváth, Richard Leigh Harris, Ed Bennett, Howard Skempton, Andrew Toovey, Edwin Roxburgh.
Some of the highlights in 2017 for him was in April 2017 in which his collaborative piece My Heavenly Jewel (audio here) was part of Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust installation in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK; Later in October 2017 his orchestral piece piece for 2×18 musicians (audio here) was premiered by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Alternative Orchestra at the new Conservatoire building Bradshaw Hall.
In February 2018, his work for saxophone and piano piece for saxophone and left-hand piano 1 (audio here) was selected by Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble as part of their concert series “Asia Corridor”. To date, his largest work as a composer was a six-movement work titled Mademoiselle Pogany for which he and ten fellow students from Birmingham Conservatoire, under the name POTRET ensemble, which premiered on the 6th of March 2017. Wilson also has worked with many professional ensemble and performers such as Decibel, Le Page Ensemble, the Schubert Ensemble, Thallein Plus Ensemble, Fumiko Miyachi, Mary Wiegold, Rowland Sutherland, Miriam Kitchener, etc.
photo credit to Jagoda Pluta.