October, 19, 2019
Janice Carissa, piano

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 named a 2018 Career Grant winner by Charlotte White’s Salon De Virtuosi, and performs at WQXR’s Greene Space in November 2018. She was also 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; and the top prize-winner of the IBLA Foundation's 2006 International Piano Competition. where she performed winner recitals in Ragusa, Rimini, and Cesena, Italy.

In 2018 Ms. Carissa attended Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, where she premiered Timo Andres’s Piano Trio. She performs this trio in a 2019 tour with Miriam Fried and colleagues from Ravinia.

Ms. Carissa has been featured on television and radio, including Indonesia Mencari Bakat, Ispirasi Pagi, Sang Juara, Global TV, RCTI, Trans TV, BC TV, Metro TV, TV One, Voice of America, WHYY-TV (Philadelphia), WXQR’s Greene Space, and National Public Radio’s From the Top.

Recent career highlights include her solo debut with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; a recital tour to New Mexico, Arizona, California, and New York; and a collaboration with members of Scharoun Ensemble Berlin at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music. 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 the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Concert Series. She has also performed at the opening of the Auditorium at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the United Nations in New York, at Oxford University's St. Hilda's College, at Chicago's Jay Priztker Pavilion, Steinway Hall in New York, and Rutgers Center in Camden New Jersey. Other notable venues include the Sydney Opera House, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music's Concert Hall in Warsaw, and the Theatre Hall of the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. She has performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Bogor and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali.

Ms. Carissa has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Oxford Philomusica in England, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine.