Tuesday, 1 September 2009

In Memoriam: Peter Ferdinandus

Peter FerdinandusI just got a news from my dad, that my long-time music teacher, Peter Ferdinandus (born 6 October 1942), passed away on 15 August 2009 at the age of 67.

I was under his tutelage from early 1990s for about a decade. Initially, I saw him as merely a piano teacher. However, he was capable of more than that. He wasn’t merely a piano teacher. He was a music teacher.

For living, he also worked as an archaeologist. He was an authoritative figure in the field, and his passion for music was also obvious in his music archaeology research. Actually, re-thinking what I wrote in the previous paragraph, he was more than a music teacher. He encouraged me to be confident and to dare to face obstacles in my various fields of endeavour.

He taught me playing classical music and he supported my delving into contemporary jazz by training me with the necessary skills. His musical influence to me has been undoubtedly big. While he mentioned that techniques were important for high accuracy, he also said that expressions were important to shape musicality.

He has returned to God and he will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.

[Photo courtesy of Kadam Choeling Bandung, used with their permission.]