* 2019 Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund recipient
Janice Carissa, from Surabaya, Indonesia, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013 and studies piano with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full tuition scholarships, and Ms. Carissa is the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellow.
A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ms. Carissa was recently awarded the 2018 Career Grant Winner of Charlotte White’s Salon De Virtuosi. She will perform at WQXR’s Greene Space in New York in November. In Summer 2018, Ms. Carissa participated at Ravinia Steans Music Institute Summer Festival and premiered the Timo Andres Piano Trio, which she would play in Ravinia’s 2019 Tour along with Miriam Fried and her colleagues. Following her success at Ravinia, Ms. Carissa was also invited to collaborate with players of Berlin Philharmoniker’s Scharoun Ensemble in Poland at Penderecki Center, performing works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Bach. Her other upcoming 2019 engagements include a recital tour series with cellist Zlatomir Fung.
Ms. Carissa was a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s International Music Foundation; the runner-up in the 2014 piano competition at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival and School; Star Performance Award Winner of the 2012 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition in New York; the runner-up in Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition in 2011; and the Top Prize Winner of the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 International Piano Competition.
Ms. Carissa has been featured on television and radio, including Indonesia Mencari Bakat, Inspirasi Pagi, Sang Juara, Global TV, RCTI, Trans TV, BC TV, Metro TV, TV One, Voice of America, WHYY-TV, WXQR’s Greene Space, and National Public Radio’s From the Top.
Recent career highlights include her debut with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart Piano Concerto and a solo recital tour in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Long Island, and New York. She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea; Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra; Symphony in C; the Eastern Wind Symphony; Bay Atlantic Symphony; and appears regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Concert Series. She also has performed at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris for the Auditorium opening in 2016. Other notable venues include The Sydney Opera House, Stern and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Miller Theater in Columbia University, the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, the Kimmel Center, United Nations in New York, Oxford University’s St. Hilda’s College, Chicago’s Jay Priztker Pavilion, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Sydney Opera House, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music’s Concert Hall in Warsaw, Theatre Hall of the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and performances in Rimini, Ragusa, and Cesena in Italy.
In 2011, Ms. Carissa performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Bogor and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali.