Rinaldi is an Indonesian pianist who earned his Master of Music in Piano Performance degree from Kansas State University under the tutelage of Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski and Dr. Agustin Muriago and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from St. Scholastica’s College Manila under the guidance of Prof. Mariel Ilusorio. In 2020-2021, he received further guidance from Dr. Peter Amstutz at West Virginia University.
He had participated in masterclasses given by notable pianists, including Jon Nakamatsu, Dr. Neal Larrabee, Prof. Rolf-Dieter Arens, Dr. Scott McBride Smith, Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, and others. In 2019, he participated in a well-known summer piano school at the Adamant School of Music in Adamant, Vermont, USA, where he had the chance to learn from Elaine Greenfield, Dr. Matthew Manwarren, Dr. Jessica Yam, and Dr. Elias-Axel Pettersson.
As an educator, he had benefited from pedagogy seminars given by known figures in piano pedagogy such as Dr. E. L. Lancaster (Alfred Music), Dr. Barbara Fast, Dr. Jacqueline Smith, Katherine Fischer (Piano Safari), and others. In 2019, he was honored to give a piano pedagogy seminar, entitled “Applying Mirror Practicing in Learning Selected Chopin Etudes” at the Manhattan Area Music Teacher Association.
As a soloist, he had appeared with the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Aries Caces and the Adventist University of the Philippines String Ensemble under the conducting of Cedric Lachenal.
He has received numerous awards, including prizes at the 1st Henrietta S. Tayengco-Limjoco Piano Competition, Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines Competition, Kansas Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, and others. He was also honored to be given graduate teaching assistant roles at Kansas State University (2018-2020) and West Virginia University (2020-2021). In 2020, he was elected to be a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society for his academic and musical achievements.