B i o g r a p h y

Myrna Setiawan started studying piano in Indonesia at the age of 5 with her very first teacher, Ms. Aylisia Jusuf, and already proved to be a prodigious talent when she debuted in Japan at the Annual Yamaha Junior Concert in 1981 at the age of 11. At the age of 16, she received her first scholarship to the RD Colburn School of Music and Performing Arts in Los Angeles and studied under Dr. Louise Lepley.  Her teachers in the United States have included Patricia Zander at New England Conservatory - Boston, Mack Mc Cray at San Francisco Conservatory of Music - San Francisco, and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff at College Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati for her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctorate of Music & Arts respectively. She was recipients of full merit scholarships from the three universities she attended.

Her repertoire masterfully spans the gamut from early baroque to modern, though she truly excels in music from the romantic & early 21st century era when she lets her passion flow. Her delightful playing and mastery of virtuosity have led to numerous solo recitals, including those for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society, the San Francisco Keyboard Concert Series, Challenging Performance Recital Series in Cincinnati, Bach’s Dancing and Dynamite Society, USC Radio, California Rotary Club’s Benefit Concert where she soloed in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the Noon Time Concert Series in San Francisco and Pacifica Performances, Grand Signature Piano Concert Series - Jakarta, Indonesia, and  Quatro Music Recital Series - Surabaya, Indonesia. She also has been invited to perform & lead master classes in several guest artist recital series at Randolph College – Lynchburg, University of Louisiana - Lafayette LaVeck Concert Series in Oswego - New York, Allegro Music  School and Quatro Music School Master Class Series - Indonesia.

 

Though she now calls Beaverton, Oregon her home, she keeps close ties with Indonesia. Mastering the repertoire of the great composers, Ms. Setiawan had the honor of being invited by the former Indonesian president’s son and performed Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Indonesian Philharmonic Orchestra.  Her other engagements in Indonesia highlighted Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto with Gloriamus Symphony Orchestra and Nusantara Chamber Orchestra. In America, she performed with the Marina Del Rey Westchester Symphony, the Lake Tahoe Festival Orchestra, the Auburn Symphony, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, College Conservatory of Music Concert Orchestra in Cincinnati and with the Sacramento Gold Country Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Setiawan has received the Dr. and Mrs. Leon Belous Award, the Los Angeles Keyboard Concert Series Award, the Joseph M. Shaw Award and the Young Musician Foundation Award in Cincinnati.  She also placed first in several competitions, including the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition as well as in the California Association of Professional Teachers Concerto Competition, and won the Joseph Fisch International Competition, the Bartok Competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory Concerto Competition.

Recently, Ms. Setiawan was commissioned to record a number of piano pieces by composer Gary Llyod Noland who are widely acclaimed as one of the greatest composers of the 21st century. One of the pieces titled Etude, Op 1 No 10 was featured in one of his recent released CD albums called "Entropic Abandon" available for purchase on Amazon Music. Another composition will be featured in his next album, which will be released in the near future.

Please read more about her teaching experience in "Piano Lessons" page 



Myrna Setiawan performed Rachmaninff Piano Concerto No 2 with Nusantar Chamber Orchesta in Jakarta
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Myrna Seiawan performed on FAZIOLI 308 piano at Th Grand Atelier & Culture Center in Jakarta