2016 US New Star Etude Competition Adjudicators

We’re honored to have Dr. David Sutanto and Dr. Liang-Yun You adjudicate our etude competition this year. Their bios follow.

Dr. David Sutanto

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, Indonesian-born 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 (for the highest scholastic achievement) or Alfred E. Lee Memorial Scholarship award (for the excellence in piano playing) in Boston, and 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 duo-piano with wife Shao-Shan Chen. He has performed throughout the United States, at the Aspen Music Festival; the International Foundation for Art and Musical Excellence (FAME) in New Jersey; the Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine; the Bach-Annalia concert, the Grandin Music Festival, the Music 2000 Festival, the Cincinnati Flute Symposium, and the International Women’s Brass Conference in Cincinnati; and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; among others. His performances in the South Texas community include solo and chamber music recitals at the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas, Rockport Country Club, Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association meeting, Frank C. Smith Recital Hall at TAMU-Kingsville, Performing Arts Center at TAMU-CC, Coastal Bend Flute Club, and Thursday Music Club, among others. Dr. Sutanto has also performed benefit recitals and concerts for the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings, the Corpus Christi’s Philippine Society for the Performing Arts, as well as at churches in Corpus Christi—St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Orchestral appearances include soloist with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonia Orchestra, Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra, and Del Mar College Concert Band. His performance of Rhapsody in Blue (with DMC Concert Band) during the 2009 Concert Tribute to the Honorable Judge Carl Lewis raised over $15,000 for scholarships.

His playing was also broadcast at the WAIF-FM in Cincinnati (Asian American Hour), KEDT-FM in Corpus Christi, and at the KIII-TV station in Corpus Christi. Overseas performances include recitals and concerts as well as master classes in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

As collaborative pianist, he has worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Julius Baker, Erick Friedman, Anthony Gigliotti, and Dorothy DeLay.

In addition to teaching and performing, he has served as an adjudicator at the 5th Singapore Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition, a member of the Piano Screening Committee for the Corpus Christi International Competition, and an adjudicator for the Parrie James Festival in Corpus Christi and the Beth Snow Festival in Harlingen. He also serves as church pianist and organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Dr. Sutanto received his bachelor of music degree from The Boston Conservatory (summa cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda), his master of music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and his doctorate at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He has studied with Frank Weinstock, Dr. Donn-Alexandre Feder, Jung-Ja Kim, Martin Canin, Gabriel Chodos, and Karminia Bungsu.


Dr. Liang-Yun You

Dr. Liang-Yun You was born in Shanghai, China. She came to the United States in 1991 to study with Mrs. Sedmara Rutstein at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music in 1995 and an Artist Diploma in 1997. She continued her studies with Mr. Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School where she earned her Master of Music in 1999. Ms. You earned her DMA in Piano Performance while studying with Mrs. Nancy Weems for five years at the Moores School of Music.

During her years studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ms. You was the winner of the Arthur Dann Competition as well as the Concerto Competition. She was the Second-Prize winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. While she was studying at the University of Houston, Dr. You was the First-Prize winner of the 2000 TMTA Collegiate Solo Competition and the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition, 2000. As an internationally known artist, she has performed as the feature soloist with the Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Symphony North, the Clear Lake Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Civic Orchestra, the Lorain County Community Orchestra, and the Chihuahua State Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico.

As an active soloist in the Houston area she has performed many concerts including the “West Side Piano Series” at Houston Community College, the “Up Close” recital series at Lee College, “Meet the Artist” with the Clear Lake Symphony Society, the Texas Music Festival Piano Institute, the Forum Music Teachers Association, the Young Artist Showcase, as well as various faculty recitals at the Moores School of Music. Ms. You also gives so recitals regularly in the bay area. She was invited as a regular guest artist for the Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California annual fundraising concerts.

As an experienced teacher, Dr. You was an Affiliated Artist at Moores School of Music where she taught the graduate level of the Piano Pedagogy Course. She held the position of Piano faculty as well as the program coordinator of the Preparatory and Continuing Studies at Moores School of Music. Her students won top prizes in numerous competitions. All of her students have received Distinction marks at The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music every year. Some of her students were accepted as piano majors at universities such as University of Houston, University of Texas-Austin, Southern Methodist University, Berklee College of Music, and New York University. She was also the Vice President at the Forum Music Teachers Association, Houston, Texas. She is currently a member of Music Teachers Association of California. Dr. You is invited annually to the Xing Hai Conservatory of Music to give lectures and masterclasses. Dr. You is also invited as a judge for many competitions in the Bay Area, such as the New Star Internet Piano Competition and Chinese Music Teacher’s Association of Northern California. In 2010, she was invited as a faculty member for the Steinway Society Mid-Summer Youth Music Camp. In 2007, she was also featured in the South Bay News of the World Journal (Chinese Newspaper). She is happily living with her cat, Lilly, in San Francisco. She enjoys nature, hiking, and salsa dancing.