Ken Lila Ashanti

Violin • Individual lessons, chamber music lessons, orchestra lessons • Independent teacher, Arca Musica school, Art d'Essence school • Lausanne, Etoy, at home area Lausanne – Morges




For me, learning to play the violin is above all a search for oneself. I therefore offer violin lessons with an approach adapted to each student. My goal is to guide my students to understand the movements in order to better transmit its expressions through the violin. This allows them to learn music while having fun.


Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ken Lila Ashanti studied piano from the age of 3. Inspired by her grandfather who was a violinist, she started playing the violin at the age of 13. In her fourth year of violin apprenticeship, she was selected as the first concertmaster of the youth orchestra in Jakarta. At the same time, she was selected as the sole representative of Indonesia to participate in the South East Asia Youth Orchestra in Thailand and she is a member of professional orchestras in Jakarta.

Her orchestral experiences brought her to Europe, first in Paris and then in Switzerland. During these years she worked with eminent musicians such as Ivry Gitlis, Dong Suk Kang, Pierre Amoyal, Mauricio Fuks, Christian Altenburger, Roland Daugareil, Marianne Piketty, György Pauk, Itzhak Raskovsky, Atsuko Watanabe, Valery Gradow, Gunars Larsens, Monika Urbaniak, Mayumi Seiler, Benjamin Schmid and Amandine Beyer. She obtained her Master's degree in Performance at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne and her Master's degree in Pedagogy at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern with distinction Excellent.

She has won numerous prizes such as first prize at the Leopold Bellan International Music Competition (Paris) and the International Music Competition in Cortemilia (Italy).

She has taken part in numerous orchestral projects and festivals such as the Progetto Martha Argerich festival and the Cully Classique festival. She conducts the EPFL Chamber Orchestra (as first violin and conductor).

During her studies, she researches the imaginary folklore which allows her to deepen her interpretation and the mental image in the practice of the violin which is the centre of her pedagogical approach.

She divides her career between solo concerts, chamber music concerts and teaching.