Indonesian baritone and conductor, Dody Soetanto finished his study in Classical Singing Performance with Henny Diemer and Conducting with Rob Vermeulen at The Utrecht Conservatory, The Netherlands. He has worked with some of the finest teachers and performers in the Netherlands including Rudolf Jansen, Vincent de Kort, Richard Egarr and Ed Spanjaard.
During his stay in the Netherlands, Dody has been invited regularly to sing some concerts (St.Matthew Passion and Messiah) and several roles such as Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Alcindoro (La Bohéme) with De Nationale Reisopera in Resident Artist Program in England, Smirnov (The Bear) and Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Dutch National Opera Academy, Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro) with STUDIO 32 Utrecht in Grachten Festival – Amsterdam, Crown (Porgy and Bess) with Philips Symphony Orchestra. Dody also sings as soloist and chorister with several professional choirs such as Ribattuta Musica and SWARA vocal ensemble.
As a conductor, Dody has been working and giving regular performances with several choirs and ensembles in The Netherlands. He conducted Groot Omroepkoor in their education projects (2013) performing Russian choral works. In Indonesia (2004-2009), Dody conducted and coached several known choirs that have won International Choir Competitions in Asia and Europe.
Besides being a guest conductor, he is director and artistic leader of Vocaal Ensemble Photonen in Amsterdam, the Midsummer Voices project choir and orchestra, and the Ensemble Hermes that was set up in 2010 with trained amateurs and young professionals to focus on old music. He has been directing the Utrechts Vocaal Ensemble since autumn 2012, and became director of the Leids Kamerkoor in March 2016.