Born to Indonesian-Chinese parents in California and then moving to Gulangyu, Xiamen, China, Aileen Gozali (20) began her piano studies at the age of 5. Also a resident in Singapore, Gozali recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied under the tutelage of Mr. Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and was awarded "The Dr. Joseph and Bess Scharff Leven Prize in Piano" by the Institute. She will be continuing her graduate studies at The Juilliard School with Mr. Robert Mcdonald. Gozali’s previous teachers include Benjamin Loh, Xiaoqi Li, Runyu Hou and Fang Guo. She has also taken masterclasses from Aldo Ciccolini, John Perry, Chengzong Yin, Zhaoyi Dan, Alexander Korsantia, Eduardo Delgado, Adam Gyorgy, Steven Spooner, Zhe Tang, Logan Skelton, James Giles, Iswargia Sudarno, Gyorgy Nador, Balaz Reti, Ichiro Kato, Jin Zhang, Julian Martin, Kirill Gerstein, Kuei Pin Yeo, Andrew Ma and Nicholas Ong, among many others.
Gozali made her concerto debut at the age of 10 in Xiamen, China. At age 11, she was invited to perform for Lien Chan, then the Chairman of the Kuomintang, and gave her solo debut at the age of 12 at the Gulangyu Concert Hall in Gulangyu, Xiamen, China, to a full-house audience. In December 2008, she was invited to the “Asian On the Edge” Festival and gave a solo recital at the Art House in Singapore. She performed a joint concert in Bangkok, Thailand in May 2009 at the Goethe Institute. In June 2010, Gozali played a solo recital at Esplanade as part of the “On the Waterfront” Concert Series in Singapore. A frequent guest performer at the Messiah Cathedral, Gozali gave a solo recital at Aula Simfonia Jakarta in January 2014. She performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with the University of Alcante Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Uri Segal, at Music Fest Perugia in Perugia, Italy in August 2014. Recently, she gave two back-to-back performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra conducted by Dr. Stephen Tong at Aula Simfonia Jakarta on December 21st, 2014. On April 8th 2015, she performed Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kimbo Ishii. She most recently performed Mozart's Concerto No. 23 in A Major with the Napolinova Youth Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Mariano Patti, in Todi, Italy.
In addition to performing in concerts, Gozali has received prizes in several international competitions. She most recently won the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition with her performance of the 2nd piano concerto by Frederic Chopin in 2014. Her past prizes include first prize in the open category of the Young Pianist Competition in 2008 (Singapore), encouragement award in the 8th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (Japan), silver prize in the 3rd ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition (Junior High School Category) in Kuala Lumpur, gold prize in the 2009 Asia International Piano Academy & Festival Competition (Korea), third prize in the 2010 IIYM International Piano Competition (Kansas, U.S.) and second prize in the first ASEAN International Concerto Competition in 2005 (Indonesia). Gozali is also an active participant in many festivals around the world, including the 2012 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Amalfi Coast Musical Festival in Italy (2011-2012), the Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy in Pomaz, Hungary (2009-2011, 2013), Internationaler Klaviersommer in Cochem, Germany (2013-2014), and Music Fest Perugia in Perugia, Italy (2014).
As an active chamber musician, Gozali was a part of the Advanced Piano Trio Program at CIM. The trio was regularly coached by Sharon Robinson, Kathryn Brown, Anita Pontremoli, and had performed in masterclasses for Leon Fleisher, Gil Kalish, Joel Smirnoff, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Merry Peckham, Stephen Rose, and Jamie Lorado.
Aside from music, Gozali is passionate about community service. She is currently a Child Life volunteer at the Rainbow Children Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and a tutor volunteer at the Saturday Tutoring Program at the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio. In the past, she volunteered at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in California, Chao Yang Special School in Singapore, and the Singapore National University Hospital. She has also performed in various Medical centers and public spaces such as the Cleveland Clinic and the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.