Welcome the Winners of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition!

About our newest CAG Artists:

Brandon Ridenour, trumpet; In Mo Yang, violin; Fei-Fei Dong, piano

Brandon Ridenour, trumpet; In Mo Yang, violin (First Prize); Fei-Fei Dong, piano

In Mo Yang, violin (First Prize)

Born in Seoul in 1995, In Mo Yang started his violin studies at the age of five. He won second prize in the senior division of the 2014 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists and fourth prize at the 2012 Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover in Germany at the age of seventeen. He currently studies with Miriam Fried at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree as a recipient of the Laurence Lessor Presidential Scholarship.

Brandon Ridenour, trumpet

As a virtuoso trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator, Brandon Ridenour has been recognized as one of the most multi-talented artists of his generation. Through his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician, combined with his passion for composing, Brandon enjoys performing and recording a unique array of repertoire that includes many of his own arrangements and compositions. In 2006, at the age of 20, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the prestigious Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. Brandon is a graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of The Academy, a two-year fellowship program with Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Music Institute.

Fei-Fei Dong, piano

Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong is quickly building a reputation for her poetic interpretations, 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 been featured multiple times on New York’s WQXR radio. 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 orchestras of Fort Worth, Hudson Valley, and Corpus Christi.