Thomas Feng

Graduate Student in Music


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 Da Capo Chamber Players, Monday Evening Concerts, and Wild Up.

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, Wild Up, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. An album of original solo piano music, titled i am a tricky pear, and a “quarantine album” we have music at home, are available on Bandcamp.

Outside of performing and composing, Thomas is active as a music teacher, rehearsal pianist, engraver, and music editor. He recently served two very happy years on the faculty of the Precollege Division at Manhattan School of Music, teaching music theory and ear training. He is also an accomplished flutist.

Thomas is currently pursuing a DMA in Performance Practice at Cornell University, studying with Xak Bjerken. He 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.