Despite having a huge pool of 'local fans', it always seems impossible for Indonesians to hit a bigger stage than their own country. However, there are a handful of Indonesians that have done the country proud and excelled in their own fields to gain international attention. Here we celebrate those who have caught the eyes (and ears!) of the world, here are 8 famous Indonesians who have broken through to global recognition:
1. Joey Alexander (Jazz Prodigy)
Joey Alexander is an Indonesian jazz pianist and is considered a child prodigy. He released his first album, My Favorite Things, on May 12, 2015, at age 11. Alexander taught himself to play jazz at age six, and has performed for Herbie Hancock, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. In 2014, Wynton Marsalis invited Alexander to play at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014 Gala, which made him an "overnight sensation".
2. Anggun (French Superstar)
Anggun is the Asian artist with the highest album sales outside Asia, with her releases being certified gold and platinum in some European countries. She is the first Indonesian artist to have success in European and American record charts. She has received a number of accolades for her achievements, including the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the Government of France and the World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Indonesian Artist. Aside from her musical career, Anggun has been involved in numerous environmental and humanitarian works. She has been appointed as the global ambassador of the United Nations twice, first for the International Year of Microcredit in 2005 and then for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2009 onwards.
3. Agnes Monica (International Pop Singer)
Agnes Monica Muljoto known by her stage name Agnez Mo started her career in the entertainment industry at the age of six as a child singer. She has recorded three children's albums and became a presenter of several children's television programs. In 2003, Mo released her first adult album entitled And the Story Goes, which catapulted her name back in the Indonesian music industry. Mo's success in her homeland encouraged her to set a target to get a career in the international music scene. On the second album released in 2005, Whaddup A.. '?!, she collaborated with American singer Keith Martin for single "I'll Light a Candle". Mo also took part in two Taiwanese drama series, The Hospital and Romance In The White House.
4. Taufik Hidayat (Ex-Badminton Star)
Taufik Hidayat is a retired Indonesian badminton player. He is a former World and Olympic champion in men's singles. He has also won the Indonesian Open six times (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006). When he was young, he joined the SGS Club, a badminton club in Bandung, where he trained under Lie Sumirat. Hidayat won the men's singles competition in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In August 2005, he won the men's singles competition at the IBF World Championships. He also won the gold medal at the Asian Games twice, at Busan in 2002 and Doha in 2006.
5. Tania Gunadi (Disney Star)
Tania Gunadi (born 29 July 1983) is an American actress best known for her series regular role as Emma Lau on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone (2010), as Miko Nakadai on the Hub series Transformers: Prime (2012) and as Techno on the YouTube Web Series My Music (2012).
6. Pramoedya Ananda Toer (Indonesian Author)
Pramoedya Ananta Toer was an Indonesian author of novels, short stories, essays and histories of his homeland and its people. His works span the colonial period, Indonesia's struggle for independence, its occupation by Japan during the Second World War, as well as the post-colonial authoritarian regimes of Sukarno and Suharto, and are infused with personal and national history.
7. Cinta Laura (Popular Indonesian Actress)
Cinta Laura Kiehl is an Indonesian-German actress, electropop singer and model in Indonesia. Beginning her career in 2007, she has starred in several TV series, movies and endorsed several local and international brands. Since the start of her career, she has won several awards for acting and singing, two of which are from the "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Indonesia" and "SCTV Awards". Her debut single, Oh Baby was from the soundtrack of her film, "Oh Baby".
8. Sehat Sutardja (co-founder of Marvell Technology Group)
Dr. Sehat Sutardja is the co-founder and Director at Marvell Technology Group Board of Directors; formerly chief executive officer. Sutardja's company is involved with industry segments including data storage, mobile and smart TVs.