Celinna Angesti Mawar began her piano lessons at the age of 4, studying with Fifini Chandra. In 2010, she moved to Perth, Australia, to begin her high school education at St. Hilda's Anglican School for Girls. During her studies in Perth, she continued to take piano lessons with Gaby Gunders and study Music (theory, composition and history) as a subject for her WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) examination. In 2012, she moved to Melbourne, Australia, to further her studies in Music at the University of Melbourne. She obtained her Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) degree from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2014, studying under the tutelage of Russian pianist Olga Kharitonova. Celinna has performed in venues like the Melba Hall (Melbourne), The Art Gallery of Ballarat (Melbourne), Seil Art Hall (Seoul, South Korea), The Arts House (Singapore), Sentosa Convention Centre (Singapore) and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore).
In 2002, Celinna won her first piano competition, receiving the 2nd prize in Yamaha Piano Competition in Riau, Indonesia. In the following year, she received the 1st prize in the same competition. In 2009, she won the 1st prize in Riau Piano Competition. In 2011, she performed George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with the St. Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls Orchestra in Perth, Australia. In the same year, she also won the St Hilda's Anglican School Music Festival (piano category) and received the "Eugenie Egan Piano Prize" at her high school graduation award ceremony for her achievements and contributions in piano and music. In 2015, she participated in Festival MusicAlp in Tignes (France), studying with French pianist Pascal Rogé. In 2016, she received the Gold Prize at the 2nd Asia Arts Festival held in Singapore and also received the 2nd (Chopin Category) and 4th (Mozart Category) prizes at the Korea-Asia Open Piano Competition held in Seoul, South Korea. In 2017, she received the 3rd prize at Batam International Open Piano Competition (Adult Category).
Apart from competitions and festivals, Celinna has also been involved in charity concerts such as the “Con to Kabul” concert series (The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Melbourne, 2013-2014) to raise funds for the Afghan Youth Orchestra. Recently, she performed at “Piano Marathon @ION Orchard 2017”, a fundraising event organised by Steinway Gallery Singapore for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).
Celinna has had lessons and masterclasses with Professor Ronald Farren-Price (Australia), Professor Max Cooke (Australia), Caroline Almonte (Australia), Christine Utomo (Indonesia), Akiko Iijima (Japan), Kim You Kyung (Korea), Pascal Rogé (France), and Professor Gilbert deGreeve (Belgium).
Celinna is deeply interested in music education and piano pedagogy. She regularly studies about music teaching and updates herself on the latest teaching methods, research and findings. She has also participated in teacher trainings such as the Orff Schulwerk Level 1 course for early childhood music education and Kodály course in piano pedagogy.
When Celinna is not playing the piano or practising for performances, she enjoys listening to music of different genres, particularly Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Korean. Her other interests include singing, interior design, fashion, and reading music books and articles on performing, pedagogy and education.
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