STAGE ONE - SELECTION: Prokofiev Sonata No. 6; Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
STAGE TWO - SEMIFINAL: Prelude and fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 870
A native of Jakarta, Indonesia, Martin Kesuma is an award-winning concert pianist. Martin made his debut as a soloist at the age of 17 with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has performed with several orchestras, including the Central Texas Philharmonic, the Round Rock Symphony, the University of Texas University Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Indonesia, and more. Additionally, he has been invited to perform at prestigious venues and festivals including the Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Trianon Theater in San Jose, Texas State International Piano Festival in San Marcos, Piano at Peabody at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and the St. Giacomo Music Festival in Bologna.
Martin has won multiple first and grand prizes in piano competitions, such as the Dickinson Piano Competition at the Texas State International Piano Festival, PianoHouse International Piano Competition, New York International Music Concours, and the ASEAN International Concerto Competition. In addition, he earned second place from the San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition, honorable mention from the San Jose International Piano Competition, special recognition award from the Weatherford College International Piano Competition, and the Ben Gomez award from the Texas State International Piano Festival.
A graduate of Texas State University (classes of Washington Garcia and Jason Kwak), Martin continued to study at the University of Texas at Austin, where he pursued his Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance under Anton Nel. Martin is a student of James Anagnoson in the Artist Diploma Program (ADP) at the Glenn Gould School.