Pianist Esther Budiardjo has received considerable acclaim from many respected music critics. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe wrote, "One marvels at the subtlety and variety of her touch, and sophisticated virtuosity of her fingers and her musical mind." Harold C. Schonberg of American Record Guide noted, "The performances here are splendid. Budiardjo is a powerful pianist who employs her superb technique with taste."
In addition to winning first prize at the 1996 William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland, she was awarded top prizes at the 1993 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition in Illinois and both the 1998 and the 2000 Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition in Florida.