Fourteen-year-old Raymond Feng, winner of the 2016 Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Concerto Competition, started studying piano at age 4 and has been a pupil of Elier Suárez since age 5. Since making his orchestral debut with the Ashdod Symphony in Perugia, Italy at age 11, he has soloed with several orchestras such as Rochester Philharmonic, Genesee Symphony, Greater Buffalo Youth Symphony, and Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was featured on NPR’s From the Top—recorded live at Eastman Kodak Hall—and recently was selected as one of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s Young Scholars of 2016—2018, serving as an ambassador for promoting classical music and music education.
Raymond has been a prizewinner of international and national competitions since age 9. He claimed first prizes in the Thousand Islands Chopin International, AADGT’s Passion of Music Festival, Duquesne National Young Artist, Ithaca College, and MTNA Eastern Division Junior Piano Competitions, among others. Raymond has participated in prestigious music festivals including the Morningside Music Bridge Festival in Canada, the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, and the Cooper Piano Festival. He enjoyed his appearances in major concert venues such as Eastman Kodak Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. He will make his Chicago début at the Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion in summer 2016.
Raymond’s love of music expands to chamber music and violin as well. He is the pianist of the Hochstein Scholarship Capriccio Piano Trio and Concertmaster of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. Enthusiastic about sharing music with his community, Raymond initiated the “Music for Love” project and regularly gives outreach performances at nursing homes, cancer centers and organizes fund raising concerts. In 2014, Genesee Valley Parent Magazine named Raymond as one of its “20 under 20” honorees, the only classical musician to make the list. Beyond music, Raymond is an accomplished “Mathlete” who competes regularly in national math competitions. Improvisation and tennis are among his other interests.
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