2017 US New Star Piano Competition Adjudicators

We are more than pleased to have Drs. David Sutanto and Chih-Long Hu judging our competition this year!

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. Chih-Long Hu

A native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu‘s performance career was launched after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Concurs International De Piano D’Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and San Jose International Piano Competition in California.

An active performer, Hu performs extensively in Asia, Europe, and America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His recent performance highlights include concerto performances of Rachamninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, solo and chamber recitals in China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and throughout the U.S. Hu’s performances have been broadcast in “Performance Today” through NPR stations across the country and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His CD albums “Formosa Caprices”, “Complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux”, and “Trifecta Trio” have received critical acclaim. His recording of Bach Goldberg Variations will be released soon.

Named “Teacher of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, Dr. Hu is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge international and national competitions. Hu is the Artistic Director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International (New Brunswick), as well as the New York International Piano Festival.

Hu holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His piano teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Dr. Hu has served on the faculty at East Tennessee State University, and was recently appointed as Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano at The University of Tennessee starting in fall 2016.