Able and dynamic performance of Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto ... Wicaksono
kept the dry and percussive quality, reminding us this is not a romantic work, but a modern work about Romanticism. Wicaksono was not
permitted to depart before giving an encore... showed soul in his restrained and lush playing of Wagner's Liebestod, as arranged by
Liszt. - Jakarta Post Concert Review (Nusantara Symphony Orchestra
Concert - Prokofiev 3rd Concerto - October 5th, 2009)
A pianist with “technical prowess, balletic grace, warm tones, and unwavering devotion to the score” - Arizona Daily Star Review (Civic Orchestra of Tucson - Prokofiev 1st Concerto -
February 14th, 2009)
Wicaksono demonstrated a technique that would rival that of the best-known piano soloists, a mastery that is nearly unique.... a
noteworthy concert, a musical triumph of a young man of exceptional talent... - Sierra Vista Herald Review (Sierra Vista / Bisbee Solo
Piano Recital, October 25th, 2008)
Hailed by the SF Examiner after his San Francisco recital debut as a “virtuoso talent, offering an excellent combination of solid technique and sensitive expressiveness,” pianist Aryo Wicaksono has performed as a featured soloist and chamber musician in venues and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe - and was the first Western classical music artist to hold a visiting artist-in-residence position at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Recent highlights include the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto with Indonesia's Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, under Hikotaro Yazaki; Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto with United Arab Emirates Philharmonic Orchestra, under Philipp Maier; Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto, in a sold-out orchestral debut with Russia's St. Petersburg State Symphony; Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto in Tucson with Civic Orchestra of Tucson; Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with QUO Orchestra NYC under Julie Desbordes; Liszt's Totentanz S. 126 for piano and orchestra with Surabaya Symphony Orchestra; and a 10-city tour of the U.S. East Coast with Dance Theatre of Harlem.
He was recently invited on a panel at the World Bank (Washington DC) to speak to emerging leaders, thinkers, and diplomats about the role and relevance of arts-education in the sustainable 21st century society. He served on the jury for the 2nd Thailand Mozart International Piano Competition (June 2012), and 20th Serbia International Competition for Young Pianists (March 2016). As a US State Department Artist Grant Recipient, he performed concerts masterclasses lectures in four cities in Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica, and Sabac), in collaboration with Multikultivator Serbia and various conservatories.
As an educator, his former students have been accepted with full scholarships into prestigious institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory - Johns Hopkins University, Yong-Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and University of British Columbia Vancouver.
A grateful and thankful graduate of the Colburn School and the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and Dance, he recently received the 2016-2017 Honors Excellence in the Arts Award. He is currently the Membership Manager for Chamber Music America, the national network for small ensemble music professionals.