Trio CAYAO consists of the violinist Iskandar Widjaja, the bass Ander Perrino and the pianist and founder of the trio, Jarkko Riihimäki – a young and unconventional trio from the German capital representing the lively and fresh scene from Berlin.
Together, they carry the listener into the world of Tango full of jazzy rhythm and sentimental melodies. They play fine new arrangements of classic tunes from Argentina, but mainly new works composed by Jarkko Riihimäki and rarely heard tunes from Poland and Finland.
Based in Berlin, the Finnish pianist, composer and arranger Jarkko Riihimäki studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He toured Europe, Asia and South America and played in festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.
Riihimäki is a very versatile musician, performing in a wide range of styles from classical, jazz and musical. He also accompanies opera singers such as Rolando Villazon. Riihimäki also performs in various other ensembles and projects, such as the Finn akkordeon player Veli Kujala and the Bolivar Soloists.
He arranged and wrote scores for prestigious orchestras such as the DSO Berlin, the Faure quartet, the soprano Simone Kermes, the David Orlowsky trio, the clarinet player Matthias Schorn from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and for the string quartet of the Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, Riihimäki founded the Trio CAYAO with his friends Iskandar Widjaja and Ander Perrino. He now teaches at the Music University in Berlin.
Born in Berlin, Iskandar Widjaja began to play the violin at the age of 4, first with the Suzuki method under Susan Mann. At the age of 11 he continued his studies at the Music University in Berlin and the Julius Stern Institut. Widjaja received various first prizes at competitions such as the International Hindemith Violin Competition and scholarships from the German Foundation Music Life. In 2013, he was invited to take part in a special programme of the Orpheum Foundation, having been recommended by Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach and won the Lotto-Prize of the Rheingau Music Festival.
His debut recording “Bach ‘n Blues” was released in 2011 at OehmsClassics and received high acclaim by the critics. His second album “Precious Refuge” was released in 2014. Besides his classical career, he is also a popstar in his second home country Indonesia, where he is famous for his TV shows and publicity campaigns.
Iskandar Widjaja made his debuts with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, at the Kissinger Summer, in the Tonhalle Zurich under Zubin Mehta and at the Gewandhaus Leipzig. He has also performed in prestigious concert halls like the Berlin Philharmonie, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Philharmonie Essen and the Tel Aviv Opera House. Widjaja performed in festivals such as the styriarte Graz or the Moritzburg Festival and was touring South Asia.
Widjaja plays a Franciscus Geissenhof from 1793.
Born in 1986 in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Ander Perrino started to play the double bass at the Music Academy of his home town, before he started his studies at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia. He continued his studies at the Berlin Hanns Eisler Music University. In 2010, he was accepted to the Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and received lessons from the orchestra’s solo double bassists. Perrino has been honoured with various prizes and scholarships.
Ander Perrino has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls like the Philharmonie Berlin, the Musikverein Vienna, in the Sydney Opera House and the Bunkamura Hall Tokyo. He worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink and with soloists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and Janine Jansen.
Ander Perrino played with the Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin (DSO) and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In 2013, Perrino became a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. From 2015 Perrino will held the Principal Double Bass position at the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (DSO).