Feng Bian started playing piano at age 6, and has participated in many competitions within his native country-China, including receiving a YAMAHA scholarship. Recent awards include the first prize of Parness Young Artist Concerto Competition(2011), first prize of the California division of MTNA competition(2011), encouragement prize of the 10th Sydney International Piano Competition(2012), and the Bronze Medal of Cincinnati World Piano Competition (2014). He was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Award for dis- tinguished pianist at Yale school of music in 2015. He was nominated for the American Pianist award in 2015. His recording on Liszt’s Berlioz transcriptions with the Naxos label has been released in 2017.
He has performed in China, the United States and Europe. His chamber music collaborators including prestigious musicians such as Ron McCardy on the Lin Jinhui project and the award-winning Saguaro Trio. He has performed a duo recital with the principle cellist of LA Chamber Orchestra Andrew Shulman in 2017. His orchestral appearance includes the Poulenc’s double piano concerto and Mozart’s piano concerto in C Minor KV.491 with the Colburn Orchestra; Mozart’s piano concerto KV.491 with Culver City Symphony Orchestra and Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 with the Cincinnati Symphony Or- chestra. He has also attended summer festivals such as Morningside Music Bridge, Sarasota Music Festival and the Holland Music sessions. His wide interest in music has also lead him to exploration of musical composition and improvisation. And he has performed with the renowned improviser/composer John Bayless in an improvisation concert sponsored by the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in 2015.
Bian received his Bachelor degree and Artist Diploma from the Colburn School of Performing Arts under the instruction of prestigious teacher John Perry. He has also earned Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music, where he studied with the distinguished teacher Peter Frankl. He is currently enrolled in the USC Thornton School of Music for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the instruction of distinguished teachers Norman Krieger and Jeffrey Kahane .
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Prelude and Fugue in D Major, Book II
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) Etude Tableau Op. 39 No. 5
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Sonata in F Major, K. 533/ K. 494
III. Rondo. Allegretto
Robert Schumann (1810–1856) Fantasie Op. 17
I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
II. Mässig. Durchaus energisch.
III. Langsam getragen.
Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) Sonata, III. Movement
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Sonata in G Major, D. 894
I. Molto moderato e cantabile
III. Minuetto: Allegro moderato – Trio
CHAMBER MUSIC ROUND
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Preludes Op. 28 Nos. 4, 8 and 11
César Franck (1822-1890) Prelude, Choral et Fugue
Carl Vine (b. 1954) Toccatissimo (2012)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Piano Trio No. 1 in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando