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  • Donna Weng Friedman


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    Donna Weng Friedman


    Pianist DONNA WENG FRIEDMAN enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and app developer. Ms. Weng Friedman has appeared as recitalist at Caramoor, the Flagler Museum, the 92nd St. Y, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. She has collaborated with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Carter Brey, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Elizabeth Mann and Paul Neubauer, and has performed as soloist with the Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, to mention a few. Ms. Weng Friedman has conducted master classes at the conservatories of Shanghai and Beijing and is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. As the creator of the MusicBee Club interactive classical music apps for children, Ms. Weng Friedman has inspired children throughout NYC’s private, charter, and inner city public schools, giving special workshops and music presentations for students and teachers alike. Ms. Weng Friedman is the curator of the Donna Weng Friedman ’80 Master Class Series at Princeton University, where she received  her Bachelor of Arts degree as a University Scholar.  Ms. Weng Friedman is currently a member of the Music Department's Advisory Council at Princeton University.  She received a Masters of Music Degree from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the prestigious Gina Bachauer Award as well as the William Petschek Full Scholarship Award.  Ms. Weng Friedman is the co-creator of a new series  HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY that shines the light on women composers past and present.

    Degrees Held

    B.A. Princeton University

    M.M. The Juilliard School

    Professional Affiliation

    Princeton University:  Director of the Donna Weng Friedman '80 Masterclass Series, Music Department

                                       Advisory Council Member, Princeton University Music Department

    Mannes College of Music: Prep Division, Piano Faculty

    Recent Publications

    musicbeeclub.com  apps for childrem

    The Flight of the Bumble Bee

    The Swan

    HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY commission The Clara Cycle, music by Kim d. Sherman, poems by Royce Flippin

    Performances and Appearances

    2018-2019  fall/spring season

    HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY launched at Princeton University She Roars: celebrating women at Princeton , 10/6 at the Lewis Center for the Arts

    Preformances at Merkin Hall, with Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violinist and Allison Charney, soprano 10/22

    Recital with violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, 11/18, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University

    H/M;H/S  lunchtime tutorial, Mannes Prep, 1/12 

    Preformance with Carter Brey, principal cellist of the NY Philharmonic, 2/11

    Steinway Hall, H/M;H/S 3/2

    HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY, presented by the New School and the New Historia, Tishman Auditorium, 3/8

    Recital with Carter Brey, 4/14, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University

    HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY with Artists Collective, Full Moon Art Center, summer 2019, dates TBA


    Research Interests

    Teaching children how to understand and connect with the inherent narrative in classical music.

    Shining a light on under appreciated and over looked women composers, past and present, sharing their stories as well as their music.

    Awards And Honors

    Princeton University:  University Scholar 1976-1980

    Juilliard School:  Gina Bachauer Piano competition,  William Petschek Full Scholarship Award


    Current Courses

    Lesson 1 hour

    Lesson 1/2 hour

    Lesson 3/4 hour

    Preparatory Instruction

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