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Lifia Teguh

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Lifia Teguh
Adjunct Professor of Piano

Vivian Bull Music Center 102


Lifia Teguh is an Indonesian-born pianist, composer, and arranger whose passion is to make music that touches hearts and changes lives. She serves as a piano faculty member at Linfield University, while she also nurtures creativity in her private studio.

As a classically trained pianist, she has performed in the USA, Europe and Asia. Ms. Teguh’s concert venues range from the traditional concert halls to yacht clubs. Her creative and distinct approach to traditional Indonesian music breathes fresh air to it, combining folk music with other Western 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), according to Good News From Indonesia, “successfully swayed the audience on their seats according to the rhythm of the music.”

Given her successful musical career, Ms. Teguh aspires to provide equity in performing arts education. She teaches at Play It Forward, a nonprofit organization that gives free piano lessons to underserved communities. In the summer of 2016, she created INDspire—Inspiration for Indonesia—a campaign for equal rights in performing arts education to benefit the impoverished classes. Her dream is to found arts and entertainment companies as well as schools of performing arts that provide full scholarships for underprivileged children and teenagers all over the world.


  • Bachelor of Music in piano performance
  • Master of Music in piano performance
  • Master of Music in collaborative piano

Awards and Recognition

  • Ms. Teguh 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
  • Recipient of the Monday Musical Club Scholarship in Portland
  • Grand-finalist of Petri Scholarship Competition
  • Received numerous awards in regional and national piano competitions in her home country of Indonesia
  • Her piano quartet composition, Liber Dangdut, was performed in College Music Society & American Musicological Society Pacific NW Conference and at College Music Society National Conference in New York

Performances and Recordings

She has performed 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.

  • 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, Facebook and YouTube