Special Concert Hall Announcement to Proceed Performance
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (September 14, 2018) — World-renowned Chinese pianist, Fei-Fei, is performing Mozart, Schumann, Liebermann, Rachmaninoff and Chopin on the Whitney’s recently acquired Yamaha CFX grand piano, this coming Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Whitney Center for the Arts concert hall at Sheridan College. From Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, she has been praised for her “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News) and “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer). Deeply committed to sharing her joy for music and connecting with communities and students, Fei-Fei is providing private lessons to a Sheridan College piano major and presenting to the convocation class for all music majors Friday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.
“Fei-Fei is both an established virtuoso and a rising international star,” said Erin Hanke, Whitney Center for the Arts director. “Our concert hall was built for performers like Fei-Fei. This will be a deeply moving performance, demonstrating how our concert hall’s world-class acoustics transform the audience experience.”
This season, she is playing with American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Denver Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, and a return engagement with California’s Pacific Symphony for a special performance celebrating the Chinese New Year. Fei-Fei will also perform in recital in 10 states across the United States as well as 19 cities in China.
Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In fact, she was featured as a Cliburn finalist in the documentary film, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn Competition, which premiered on PBS in August 2015.
Additional career concerto highlights in the US include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian American Museum, Fort Worth Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Austin Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, and the Juilliard Orchestra. Internationally, she has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany’s Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, and in China with the Shanxi and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestras. In December 2016, she performed the world premiere of Shaosheng Li’s piano concerto Behind the Clouds with the China National Symphony at Beijing Concert Hall. She has worked with such prominent conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Jeffrey Kahane, Carl St. Clair, Leon Botstein, Randall Craig Fleisher, John Giordano, Yongyan Hu, and En Shao.
She is a member of the Aletheia Piano Trio, which debuted at the Kennedy Center in February 2014 as part of its Conservatory Project, and performs across the US and in Asia. Born in Shenzhen, China, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of 5. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.