Thomas Feng is a pianist and composer, working toward an integration of classically-trained sensitivity and an adventurous DIY spirit.
He performs principally works of modern and contemporary literature, including new works by living composers and several works of his own. Notable engagements include collaborations with composers Eve Beglarian, Reiko Füting, Nicky Sohn, and Salina Fisher, as well as ensemble performances with Monday Evening Concerts and Wild Up. He was the principal keyboardist for a season with the acclaimed American Youth Symphony, and is currently the pianist of the New York-based septet, Amalgama.
His own compositions represent an experimental approach toward expressive intimacy and warmth, and have garnered awards and recognition from such institutions as ASCAP (Morton Gould Award), UCLA School of Music (Hugo Davise Prize), and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (YoungARTS), and performances by Verdant Vibes, Amalgama, Wild Up, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. An album of original solo piano music is forthcoming.
Outside of performing and composing, Thomas is active as a rehearsal pianist, music teacher, engraver, and music editor. He is currently on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music (Precollege Division) and Hoff-Barthelson Music School, teaching music theory, ear training, and composition.
Thomas holds an MM in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a BA in Music Composition, summa cum laude, from UCLA. His teachers include Margaret Kampmeier, Christopher Oldfather, Anthony de Mare, Mark Carlson, Sean Friar, Gloria Cheng, David Conte and Claude Monteux.
"There is no need either for music to make people think! ... It would be enough if it could make people listen..." – Claude Debussy
"What matters now is that people want to use our music. For that, as I see it is our job. To be useful to the living." – Benjamin Britten