The Fredericksburg Music Club is pleased to present Fei-Fei Dong, pianist, in concert on Sunday, September 15th at 3:00. The concert will be held at the Fredericksburg Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano, in Fredericksburg. A goodwill offering will be accepted for this concert. Seating will begin at 2:30 and is on a first come, first seated basis. For more information on the Fredericksburg Music Club or ways to become a member of the Club, please go to www.fredericksburgmusicclub.com for more information.
Ms Dong is a finalist from the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition in Ft. Worth. Dong was excited about “exploring lots in Texas” on her first-ever visit which was for the Van Cliburn Competition. She enjoys playing a variety of music, but her all-time favorite has always been Chopin. (Her name is pronounced “fee-fee.”) This 22 year old feels emotionally very connected to his musical language. “It feels very intimate to me. When I play or listen to Chopin’s music, it moves me to tears. It reaches down to the softest place in my heart and soul.”
Fei-Fei Dong was born in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, a port city and financial center just north of Hong Kong. She gave her first recital at age 10, followed three years later by a debut with the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. She swept up first-place awards in a number of competitions in China, including the Schumann International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, and the Asia-Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition. In 2010, she was a semifinalist in the International Chopin Piano Competition. And though she’s certainly been on the piano fast track since she was very young, she says “my parents were never forceful or coercive to me about practicing. My memories of playing the piano are all very happy.”
Since 2008, she has been a student at The Juilliard School, where she is pursuing her Master of Music—and she’s won first prize both at The Juilliard School Piano Competition (2011) and in the school’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (2012).
Most recently, Dong took a jazz class at Juilliard and says she “found it very intriguing. Jazz is not about following what is written on the score. It is so different from what I practice every day. The score is only a lead sheet that guides you and gives a general harmonic picture of the song. But there is a lot of freedom to improvise, and to express emotions in a totally distinct way.” She says she’s always enjoyed listening to jazz, and would like to “learn to improvise” like the classic jazz musicians.
“I always feel really happy and excited to play, no matter if it is a concert or a competition. The occasions might change, but the joy of making good music and sharing it with people is the same.”