Dr. Johannes S. Nugroho

johanes.jpgTo begin with, his parents are the eternal inspiration for his career in music. Johannes’ early piano study was under the guidance of Mr. Chester/Mrs. Elizabeth Atma and Mrs. Medaningsih Lesmana. Further study was with Mrs. Iravati M. Sudiarso in YPM music school in which he received Award for Outstanding Performance for 3 consecutive years.

Johannes was a 1995 summa cum laude graduate from Towson University, USA, for the undergraduate degree and a 1996 graduate with Award for Distinguished Achievements from the same university for the master’s degree. There, he was a student of Prof. Reynaldo Reyes and Prof. Roman Lebedev. Later on in 2005, he was awarded the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington as a fellowship student, appointed as an Associate Instructor. He was a student of the late Gyorgy Sebok and Prof. Reiko Shigeoka.


He has won numerous piano competitions, among others: first prizes in Peggy Yale Gordon Piano Competition, Peggy Friedmann Piano Competition, Henry Sanborn Piano Competition, Aber D. Unger Piano Competition, and Sarah Stulman Zierler Piano Competition. He received special prize for the 1999 St. Charles International Piano Competition in Chicago. His performing career has brought him to perform at Sydney Opera House, Australia, in 2009 and Berlin Konzerthaus, Germany, in 2012 as one of the soloists with Twilight Orchestra under the baton of Addie M.S.


As a composer, his work “Kelana Jiwa” was premiered during the Gala Concert of UNICEF in Baltimore in 1996. His latest composition, a song cycle “Sekilas Kehidupan” was premiered in Nebraska, University of Omaha in a cultural exchange program.