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Born in Indonesia, pianist Martin Kesuma is a graduate of Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Professor Anton Nel at the University of Texas, where he holds the positions of Piano Project Coordinator and Class Piano Teaching Assistant.
Martin’s recent highlights include first prize at the PianoHouse International Piano Competition, the Ben Gomez Award at the Texas State International Piano Festival, Honorable Mention at the San Jose International Piano Competition, Special Recognition Award at the Weatherford College International Piano Competition, and performance of Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments with the Density512 Orchestra. As the recipient of the Ben Gomez Award at the TSIPF, Martin is scheduled to perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Central Texas Philharmonic in Spring 2021. Additionally, his first album “Detours” is currently in the process of publishing under the Centaur Records.
Aside from piano, Martin enjoys playing the Balinese Gamelan and still performs occasionally with the Texas State Gamelan Lipi Awan. As a newfound hobby, Martin likes to write fictions and wishes to publish them one day.