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Renowned violinist Idris Sardi dies at 75

The Jakarta Post/ANN | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014

Critics and fellow musicians acknowledged his virtuosity in playing different genres on the violin.

INDONESIA - Indonesian virtuoso violinist Idris Sardi died on Monday, leaving a legacy of important compositions and notable protégés. He was 75.

He died in a hospital after a prolonged struggle with liver disease and ulcers, his family said.

Idris composed around 1,900 songs, four of which won Piala Citra awards for Best Film Score in the 1970s and 1980s.

Critics and fellow musicians acknowledged his virtuosity in playing different genres on the violin.

"If I can describe him in three words, [Uncle] Idris was disciplined, firm and fervent," Armand Maulana, the vocalist and front man of rock band GIGI, was quoted as saying by Antara news agency.

He recalled a story in which Idris became outraged when a group of musicians were only given rice boxes at an event while guests sat down to a meal at the table.

"[Idris] said if you invite [musicians], it means you need [them]."

Idris' love for music began early, and his lifetime as a musician was marked by highs and lows.

Idris was born in Jakarta on June 7, 1938, to M. Sardi, a violinist of the legendary Studio RRI Jakarta orchestra, and Hadidjah, an actress.

He learned to play the violin before the age of 6, and when his father died, Idris took his position as concertmaster in the orchestra. He was only 16.

In the 1960s, he began playing popular music and became the resident musician at Hotel Indonesia, the showcase of a budding economy at that time.

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