Thomas Feng is a composer and pianist, propelled by an insatiable musical curiosity and an enthusiasm for collaboration.
His introspective, lyrical compositions have garnered awards and recognition from such institutions as ASCAP (Morton Gould Award), the UCLA School of Music (Hugo Davise Prize), the Pacific Musical Society, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (YoungARTS), and performances by Verdant Vibes, Amalgama, Wild Up, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a pianist, Thomas performs principally works of modern and contemporary literature, including several works of his own, as well as new works by composer colleagues. Notable past engagements include performances with Monday Evening Concerts, Wild Up, and Unheard-of Ensemble, a multimedia collaboration with video artists Patterson + Reckinger, and summer festival performances at New Music on the Point and at the inaugural Yarn/Wire Institute. An avid collaborative and ensemble pianist, he has held the principal keyboard positions of the American Youth Symphony and the UCLA Philharmonia, and performed with countless chamber groups as a core member of Tactus (Manhattan School of Music) and Contempo Flux (UCLA). Most recently, Thomas became a member of the New York-based new music ensemble, Amalgama. Outside of performing and composing, Thomas is active as an accompanist, educator, and music editor.
Thomas graduated from UCLA with a BA in Music Composition, summa cum laude, where his primary teachers included Mark Carlson, Sean Friar, and Gloria Cheng, following formative pre-college studies with David Conte and Claude Monteux. He is currently pursuing an MM in contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Margaret Kampmeier, Christopher Oldfather, and Anthony de Mare.