Originally from Goshen, Indiana, Ethan Setiawan tried out numerous instruments before finding his way to the mandolin. Years later, Setiawan has a command of the instrument far beyond his twenty-five years, and has won both the National Mandolin Championship at Winfield, KS and the Rockygrass Mandolin Championship. After taking lessons with Don Stiernberg through high school, Setiawan attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. On his new album, “Gambit,” Setiawan takes the calculated musical risks of a seasoned player. He moves aptly between stylistic influences, harkening back to the experimental string band music pioneered in the early 80s while presenting entirely original compositions. In addition to his solo projects, Setiawan is an in-demand side man and band member, and can be seen playing with his band Corner House, Darol Anger, and Tony Trischka among others. He has taught the mandolin and assorted classes at Ossipee Valley String Camp, Ashokan Western & Swing Week, Great Lakes Music Camp, 317 Community Music Center, Club Passim School of Music, and TG Music.