Shenzhen native pianist Fei Fei Dong named winner in prestigious New York competition
The 2014 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition culminated last night, Thursday evening, October 16, 2014 with the announcement of three winners of the annual international CAG Competition: Korean violinist In Mo Yang (First Prize); Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, and American trumpeter Brandon Ridenour. All three join the CAG artist roster and receive two-year management contracts.
At the end of a concert at The Greene Space featuring the winners, Concert Artists Guild President Richard Weinert announced to a large crowd of CAG supporters and music professionals that the jury had awarded First Prize to violinist In Mo Yang, which carries with it The Victor and Sono Elmaleh Award of $5,000. Shenzen native pianist Fei-Fei Dong received the Victor Elmaleh Piano Prize.
Pianist Fei-Fei Dong is quickly building a reputation for her poetic interpretations, and for charming audiences with her “natural beauty of tone” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News). Deeply committed to sharing her joy for music and connecting with communities, she engages students and audiences through school and outreach concerts and master classes. Ms. Dong has appeared with the Aspen Music Festival, Hong Kong, Juilliard, Shanxi, Shenzhen, and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras; at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall and the Louvre Auditorium; and has been featured multiple times on New York’s WQXR radio station. Current highlights include her solo recital debut at Alice Tully Hall; her trio debut at the Kennedy Center as part of its Conservatory Project; recitals at the Kravis Center and Salk Institute; and appearances with the orchestra of Fort Worth, Hudson Valley, and Corpus Christi.
Born in Shenzhen, Ms. Dong began piano lessons at the age of 5. She moved to New York to study at The
Juilliard School, earning both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved
Concert Artists Guild provides support to a roster of talented artists during the critical and formative time between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. Artists are selected through a rigorous multi-round annual competition open to traditional and non-traditional instrumentalists, ensembles and singers. CAG offers comprehensive management services including concert bookings and tour management, commissioning and recording opportunities and marketing and publicity support. Competition winners are also presented on the Concerts in New York at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
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