Biography

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), pianist Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News), both in the US and internationally, including her native China.

Fei-Fei’s 2019-2020 concert season will take her across the globe in concerto performances, recitals and chamber music collaborations alike. Highlights include performances with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic touring in Germany, a tour of Spain with the New York Youth Symphony, as well as concerto engagements with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Big Springs Symphony and Symphony in C. This season also brings a new special project titled The Inner Voices with violist Dana Kelley and clarinetist Yoonah Kim, featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann and Brahms.

Additional career highlights include performances with the Fort Worth Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Austin Symphony, Denver Philharmonic, Anchorage Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, and the Juilliard Orchestra. Internationally, she has performed with Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic, Germany’s Rostock and Baden-Baden philharmonic orchestras, and in China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, China National, and Shenzhen Symphony orchestras.

Fei-Fei was showcased prominently as a Cliburn finalist in the documentary film, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn Competition, which premiered on PBS in August 2015. She is currently based in New York City.

Audio

Debussy: Danse

Chopin: Rondo in E-Flat Major, Op. 16

Clementi: Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 (Excerpt)

Lowell Liebernmann: Gargoyles, Op. 29

Schumann: Novelletten, Op. 21 - No. 8 in F-Sharp minor

Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor, K. 466

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576, Allegro

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (Excerpt)

Volodos: Concert Paraphrase on Mozart's Turkish March

Video

  • See video Denver Philharmonic

    Denver Philharmonic

  • See video  2013 Van Cliburn Semifinal Recital

    2013 Van Cliburn Semifinal Recital

  • See video  Schumann Kinderszenen, Op.15

    Schumann Kinderszenen, Op.15 "Scenes from Childhood"

  • See video  Chopin Andante Spianato et Grand Polonaise

    Chopin Andante Spianato et Grand Polonaise

Press

  • Quotes

    “She has tremendous technical facility, a laudable ability to bring out a work’s narrative arc, and a great deal of coloristic resource… you got the distinct impression that this is an artist who is honest, responds with spontaneity to the music as it’s happening, and who is unafraid to take risks to get her musical thoughts across.”
    –Palm Beach Arts Paper

    “In her mid-20s, she is one of the most engaging and promising rising stars in the musical firmament.”
    –Times Herald-Record

    “In this performance, Dong extracted every last ounce of energy where needed and gentle nuance when required. The audience held its breath in rapt attention to this amazing musical experience.”
    –Palm Beach Daily News

    “The evening’s highlight, an excellent performance of the popular Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, featured the young and remarkably talented Fei-Fei as soloist.”

    “…performed by Dong with steely precision and poised expression. She showed great rhythmic control and played her solo passages masterfully…”
    –Cleveland Classical

    “Fei-Fei Dong is already marketable as an accomplished pianist, well trained, with generally good musical instincts and a winning stage presence.”
    –Dallas Morning News

    “She displayed a natural musicality and beauty of tone; I enjoyed her fluid technique and her presence at the piano.”
    –Cincinnati Enquirer

    “The 22-year-old Chinese pianist played with exceptional control of dynamics and articulation, and she gauged the second movement’s conflict with the strings to striking effect. Given Dong’s bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches, it should be intriguing to hear how she approaches the Beethoven fourth – and other works – in a decade or so.”
    –The Plain Dealer

    “Fei-Fei Dong teamed up with the Brentano in a Brahms Piano Quintet that made most of the right gestures, if not always in the right degrees. There was passion, piquancy and tenderness, and every one of the five musicians lent eloquent nuances.”
    –Dallas Morning News

    “Dong’s unforgettable Beethoven Fourth stretched the dimensions of the music’s time and space with risk-taking rapture… It was illuminating, poetic Beethoven…”
    -Huffington Post

  • Reviews

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    Beethoven Concerto No.1, Op.15
    Concerto No. 2, Op.19
    Concerto No. 3, Op.37
    Concerto No. 4, Op.58

    Brahms Concerto No.1, Op.15

    Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op.11
    Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
    Fantasy on Polish Airs in A Major, Op. 13

    Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue

    Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op.16

    Liszt Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major, S. 124
    Mendelssohn Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 25

    Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
    Concerto no. 23 in A Major, K. 488
    Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467

    Prokofiev
    Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

    Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
    Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op. 30
    Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43

    Ravel Piano Concerto in G minor

    Clara Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.7 (1834)
    Konzertsatz in F minor (1847)

    Robert Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

    Shaosheng Li The Song Behind the Clouds (premiered by Fei-Fei in China)

    Shostakovich Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op. 35

    Tchaikovsky Concerto in B-flat minor, Op. 23

    Xian Xinghai Yellow River Concerto

    Xiaogang Ye The Scent of Green Mango