Behind the Music
Lifia Teguh is a pianist, composer, and arranger is to make music that touches hearts and changes lives through her unique blend of Indonesian-fusion music. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Linfield University and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Collaborative Piano at Portland State University.
As a classically trained pianist, she has performed in the USA, Europe, and Asia both as a soloist and as part of the renowned summer festival Music Fest Perugia, G. Lettimi Conservatory International Master Classes, and Warsaw Piano Workshop. Lifia is also a recipient of the Monday Musical Club Scholarship in Portland, a grand-finalist of Petri Scholarship Competition, and has received awards in regional and national piano competitions in her country, Indonesia. Her piano quartet score, Liber Dangdut, was recently selected to be performed in College Music Society & American Musicological Society Pacific NW Conference. Ms. Teguh recently won PSU Concerto Competition with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and will perform her own piano concerto with the PSU Orchestra in 2022. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2018 and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano.
Ms. Teguh’s concert venues range from the traditional concert halls to yacht clubs. Her creative and distinct approach to traditional music breathes fresh air to traditional Indonesian music, combining Indonesian folk tunes and songs with other genres like blues, classical, and pop. Her arrangement for prepared piano Rek Ayo Rek, which transformed the sound of the piano into sasando and kendhang (both Indonesian instruments), “successfully swayed the audience on their seats according to the rhythm of the music” (goodnewsfromindonesia.org).
In summer 2016, she created INDspire – Inspiration for Indonesia, a campaign for equal rights in performing arts education, especially for impoverished classes. Her dream is to found arts and entertainment companies as well as schools of performing arts which provides full scholarships for underprivileged children and teenagers all over the world. She also teaches at Play It Forward, a non-profit organization that gives free piano lessons to underserved communities.
INDspire: Inspiration from Indonesia, her Indonesian-fusion debut album, is now available for download and on all streaming platforms. For more information and to listen to her music, follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifiateguh/, YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/lifiateguh, and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifiateguhmusic.
Aside from the piano, she has been invited to lecture-demonstrate angklung, the Indonesian percussion instrument, in various places in Portland such as Lan Su Chinese Garden, Mirabella Retirement Community, and various K-12 schools..