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    Donna Weng Friedman

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    Award winning pianist Donna Weng Friedman enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, curator and app developer.   Her new EP Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, featuring exclusively AAPI/BIPOC artists, aims to promote understanding and tolerance and combat racism, with all proceeds donated to supporting the AAPI community. This season, Donna  is thrilled to be collaborating with Ariel Rivka Dance to share her story of heritage and harmony through dance and music.

    In collaboration with WQXR, Ms. Weng Friedman created and produced Heritage and Harmony, a virtual concert video series in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.  She is the co-creator and co-host of HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY, a mini-series on WQXR as well as a concert series that shines a light on women composers, past and present.  She was the guest speaker on TEDx Santa Barbara’s series Making Waves: Conversations with Influencers and Disruptors.

    In January and April 2021, Donna was the featured guest artist on the National Women’s History Museum’s series NWHM Presents: Sundays@Home, honoring women whose activism and talents serve to inspire others.  In collaboration with the National Women’s History Museum, Ms. Weng Friedman is  creating two new education programs in 2022 featuring leading female BIPOC role models in the arts, dedicated to inspire and empower school age girls of color.

    Ms. Weng Friedman has performed in concert halls worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the 92nd St. Y and appeared as soloist with major symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Philadelphia and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Carter Brey, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Elizabeth Mann, Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Anthony McGill. Ms. Weng Friedman has conducted master classes at the Shanghai and Beijing conservatories and is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music.

    The curator of the Donna Weng Friedman '80 Master Class Series at Princeton University, she is also a member of Princeton University Music Department’s Advisory Council as well as the board of directors of Friends of Thirteen and WNET.  Ms. Weng Friedman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University where she was a University Scholar and a Masters of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Adele Marcus, where she was awarded the prestigious Gina Bachauer Award as well as the William Petschek Full Scholarship. She has had the privilege of working with the great composer/teacher Nadia Boulanger as well as pianist Radu Lupu.

    She was the music supervisor and recording artist for the award-winning film documentary “Frames of Life” as well as for the documentaries “Living Liberty” and “Morris Engle: The Independent”.  Ms. Weng Friedman created “The Music Bee Club” interactive classical music app series for children ages 2-8 featuring world class musicians, such as cellist Carter Brey and flutist Elizabeth Mann, produced by nineteen-time Grammy Award winner David Frost.

     

    https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/donnawengfriedman/heritage-and-harmony-silver-linings

    https://www.wqxr.org/story/heritage-harmony/

    https://www.wqxr.org/shows/her-music-her-story/

     


    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
    • WNET/Friends of THIRTEEN Board of Directors

    Recent Publications


    Performances and Appearances

    Link to my new album Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, featuring AAPI/BIPOC artists in support of our AAPI community https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/donnawengfriedman/heritage-and-harmony-silver-linings   A recent Artist's Portrait, where I share stories of  the AAPI artists featured on my album Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings: https://vimeo.com/541094937   My family story: WNET, Asian Americans of NY and NJ   My appearance on TEDx program Making Waves: https://tedxsantabarbara.com/2020/donna-weng-friedman-pandemic-empowerment-finding-resilience-in-music-and-stories/   wqxr.org - Heritage Harmony - my video series featuring stories and music os leading AAPI musicians

    wqxr.org - Her Music Her Story. my radio mini series on WQXR that shines a light on the stories and music of women composers, past and present

    New releases on Spotify: Daisies, by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Carter Brey, principal cellist of the NY Philharmonic, Donna Weng Friedman, pianist

    The Swan, by Camille Saint-Saens, Carter Brey, principal cellist of the NY Philharmonic, Donna Weng Friedman, pianist - produced by David Frost, 19 time Grammy Award winning producer: https://open.spotify.com/album/1FNzrbdU5PG2xYc1vyEmtU


    Research Interests


    Awards And Honors

    • Princeton University:  University Scholar 1976-1980, Sachs Scholarship Award
    • Juilliard School:  Gina Bachauer Piano competition,  William Petschek Full Scholarship Award

                                      


    Portfolio

    wqxr.org - Heritage Harmony

    wqxr.org - Her Music Her Story

    WNET, Asian Americans of NY and NJ

    Princeton University Masterclass Series

    NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM


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