“Music is a wonderful gift. I am grateful for the music access I have had through years of learning piano and violin, making music with friends in ensembles and orchestras, going to concerts, and performing for people. All these experiences have helped me be more confident, communicative, creative, and caring for the people around me. I believe that everybody should have access to music, but there is still much work to be done before it becomes a reality for all people and people can enjoy and appreciate classical music.
The Lang Lang Foundation is one of the few organizations that is actively engaged in advocating for classical music and promoting music education, and I am thrilled and honored to join this family. As a Young Scholar, I feel empowered to give back to my community by sharing my passion for classical music and inspiring others to begin their own musical journeys. I am also really looking forward to studying with great pianist Lang Lang and meeting other musicians like me. Music has such a unifying power, and through music, we can all come together and make this world a better place.”
Fourteen-year-old Raymond Feng began playing piano at age 4 and has been a pupil of Elier Suárez since age 5. He had his orchestral debut with the Ashdod Symphony in Perugia, Italy at the age of 11 and has been a featured pianist with the Rochester Philharmonic, Genesee Symphony, Greater Buffalo Youth and Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Raymond made his appearance on NPR’s From the Top, performing the 3rd movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at a live taping concert in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater. Raymond recently received a great honor, being selected as one of the Young Scholars of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Raymond has been a prizewinner of international and national competitions since age 9, claiming first prizes in the Thousand Islands Chopin International, AADGT’s Passion of Music Festival, Duquesne National Young Artist, Ithaca College, and MTNA Eastern Division Junior Piano Competitions, among others.
Raymond is a frequent participant of prestigious summer music festivals such as Music Fest Perugia, Cooper Piano Festival where he won the 1st place of the festival competition, and Morningside Music Bridge where he received a full scholarship plus winning 2nd place in the chamber competition and the Stuart Holland Memorial Award. Raymond has performed at major concert venues including Eastman Kodak Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. Raymond’s love of music expands to chamber music and violin as well. He studies violin with Nancy Hunt, and he is the pianist of the Hochstein Capriccio Scholarship Piano Trio, concertmaster of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, and co-concertmaster of his school orchestra as well as a frequent member of the NYSSMA All County and Area All-State Honor Orchestras. Raymond has had masterclasses with renowned artists such as John Perry, Krzysztof Jabłonski, Ilana Vered, Peter Takács, Eduardo Delgado, Alvin Chow, and the Ying Quartet.
Outside of traditional concert halls, Raymond is deeply engaged in sharing his passion for music with the community, giving outreach performances at schools, retirement homes and other public places throughout the Greater Rochester area. Raymond believes that the power of music can enrich human life in a positive way, and everyone should have the privilege to have access to great music. In 2014, Genesee Valley Parent Magazine named Raymond as one of its “20 under 20” honorees, the only classical musician to make the list.
Aside from music, Raymond is an accomplished “mathlete”. He is the First Place winner of the 2012 Mathnasium National TriMathlon and the New York State Champion of the MathCounts Competitions in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has been on his school Science Olympiad team for the past 4 years winning medals at New York state competitions. Improvising at the piano and tennis are among his other interests.