Dr. Hendry Wijaya first attracted attention in 1996 when he won the Artists International’s “Young Artist Piano Award” and made his critically acclaimed New York Recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. “Hendry Wijaya may well be one of the greatest pianists to come out of Indonesia today”, says The Observer newspaper.
Dr. Wijaya began his musical training at the age of two with his mother, Elly Lim. He gave his first public performance at the age of four, which was broadcast on the national public radio of Indonesia. At age six, he was selected to join the Junior Original Concert (J.O.C.); a group of composers for gifted children under the age of fifteen.
At the age of twelve he passed the grade 8 piano exam from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Later, he was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (L.R.S.M.) Diploma in piano performance with highest distinction. He was chosen to play in master classes given by world-renowned artists, such as Lillian Freundlich, Peter Frankl, Charles Rosen, Michael Ponti, Paul Badura-Skoda and Robert Weirich, among others.
In 1992, a scholarship from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music brought him to the United States to further his studies with a renowned pianist, Constance Keene. There, he was awarded Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He has received numerous scholarships including the Dora Zaslavsky Koch piano scholarship, LeBauer scholarship, Manhattan School of Music's Presidential Merit Scholarship and Baldwin Piano Award at the Eastern Music Festival, where he appeared as a soloist with the festival’s orchestra. He was also invited to join the Aspen Music Festival, as a scholarship student of Herbert Stessin, who was the Chairman of the Piano Faculty at Juilliard. His interest in chamber music led to his studying with such outstanding teachers as Jeanne Baxtresser, Sylvia Rosenberg, Frank Morelli, and Linda Chesis.
Dr. Hendry Wijaya is the author of an advice column for Staccato, the first and only monthly music education magazine in Indonesia. He is currently on the Piano Faculty of the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton and the Head of Conservatory Department for the E.L.M.S. Conservatory in Jakarta.