Described as “possesses the utmost in technique, mature musicianship, and intellect” by the New York Concert Review and “simply incredible” by Corpus Christi’s Caller-Times, pianist David Sutanto gained his international recognition when he won the 1997 Artists International Audition in New York, which resulted in his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1998. Other awards include winner of the 1996 Chopin Foundation Piano Competition in NY, recipient of the Arthur B. Whitney Award in Boston, top prize winner of the National Yamaha Piano Competition in Indonesia, among others.
Dr. Sutanto is an active performer as piano soloist and chamber musician including performing a duo-piano with his wife, Dr. Shao-Shan Chen. He has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Dominican Republic. His performance was also broadcast at WAIF-FM in Cincinnati (Asian American Hour), KEDT-FM and KIII-TV stations in Corpus Christi. As piano collaborator, Dr. Sutanto has worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Julius Baker, Anthony Gigliotti, and Erick Friedman. In addition to performing and teaching, he has served as an adjudicator at the Gloriamus Piano Competition in Indonesia, South Texas Music Competition, 5th Singapore Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition, and US New Star Piano Competition, among others. He has received his education from The Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and University of Cincinnati. Dr. Sutanto currently serves as Professor of Piano at Del Mar College.