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Aryo Wicaksono

Hailed by the SF Examiner after his San Francisco recital debut as a pianist with “virtuoso talent, offering an excellent combination of solid technique and sensitive expressiveness,” pianist Aryo Wicaksono has performed in many venues and festivals throughout the United States. Internationally, he has been featured as piano soloist in major cities such as St. Petersburg, Russia; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates; state of Sonora, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and throughout Indonesia. He has performed with the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony, United Arab Emirates Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Tucson, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Wind Ensemble, and Arizona Percussion Ensemble, performing concertos and new works ranging from Liszt, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky to Philip Glass. As a musical director and pianist for the musical “Elegies – Looking Up” by composer William Finn, he won the Arizona Daily Star’s “MAC Award” 2006 for Best Musicals performance in Tucson, and the Tucson Weekly “Best of Awards” Best Musical in Tucson for 2006-2007 season. Recent highlights of his performances are Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto with Nusantara Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Hikotaro Yazaki, Prokofiev 1st Piano Concerto with UAE Philharmonic Orchestra under Philipp Maier, a solo recital debut at the prestigious Embassy Series in Washington D.C., and a sold-out or chestral debut with the St. Petersburg State Symphony in St. Petersburg, Russia, performing Prokofiev 1st Concerto. As the first Western classical music artist to hold a visiting Artist-in-Residence position at the American University of Sharjah, UAE, in November 2009, he presented his UAE Solo Recital debut, master classes, and lectures. Recent tours include Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto in Tucson AZ, Liszt Totentanz in Indonesia, East Coast 10-City Tour with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in the Fall of 2010, and a recital debut and residency at SouthWestern College in San Diego, among others. Upcoming concerts will include a residency / recital tour of Vancouver – Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand in the summer of 2012. As a composer, he has made scores for short independent Japanese film “Dream of an Hour,” and has some of his music set into ballet by Teatro Jaguar Luna, based in San Francisco. He was pianist-composer in residence for the American Academy of Ballet School in July 2011. For more information and press reviews, please visit . As an adjudicator, he was recently invited to be one of the judges for the 2nd Thailand Mozart International Piano Competition, in June 2012. He currently holds the position of Membership Manager for Chamber Music America (, the Artistic Director of Yogyakarta International Music Festival Academy, and lives in New York City.

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