Edward Van Ness, is a violinist, violist, conductor, writer and teacher who has lived and worked in Indonesia for over thirty years. His undergraduate and graduate studies were completed at Wesleyan University , with violin studies under Anthony Sant Ambrogio. While in Madras India on a Fulbright grant for an unprecedented two and half years, he conducted research on South Indian Classical Music, became a concert performer.
On the Carnatic Vina and established the Madras Chamber Orchestra. He has taught at the Akademi Musik Indonesia , Universitas Sumatera Utara and Universitas HKBP Nommensen where he established the music department in 1986 and Medan International School where he was head of the music department.
He founded Promusika Indonesia during his years in Yogyakarta whose players are now the most prominent orchestra musicians in Indonesia and currently largely reunited in the senior role of the NSO. He has conducted the first full performance of an opera (Bastien und Bastienne by Mozart) in the 1970 s and is listed in the Indonesian Musical Dictionary as the conductor and artistic director of the first entire performance of Handel s Messiah with Ensemble Nommensen and Promusika in 1987 (with original Baroque performance style), as well as a joint concert with the National University of Singapore orchestra two years later. He is active as a string teacher, clinician, conductor and adjudicator both in Indonesia and abroad.