On Saturday, February 18, five finalists in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto & Aria Competition performed at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance. Rhode Island Philharmonic Music Director Larry Rachleff and Director and Artistic Administrator David Gasper served as adjudicators. Finalists were selected from an initial round of applicants who submitted recorded performances. Participants included current students from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School performing.
Winner: Troy Feng, piano
Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 2 in F Major, movement I., Allegro
Troy Feng began playing piano at the age of six and for the past six years has studied with Dr. Irina Tchantceva at the RI Philharmonic Music School. Troy is an active performer and has participated in numerous concerts, recitals, and masterclasses, including a 2014 benefit performance for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School alongside famed French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard. In 2015, he performed Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexey Shabalin at The VETS in Providence.
Troy has won the Jury’s Discretionary Award (2012), Best Overall Performer (2014), and Third Prize (2016) at the Piano Extravaganza! held at the University of Rhode Island. As a co-winner of the 2014-2015 Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto & Aria Competition, he performed Chopin’s Grand Polonaise Brillante, Op.22 with the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexey Shabalin at Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island College.
Troy Feng is a sophomore at The Wheeler School in Providence and has many hobbies and activities which he enjoys in his spare time. He is a member of The Wheeler swimming and tennis varsity teams.
Troy will perform the first movement from Shostakovich’s Concerto No.2 in F Major with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra. Alexey Shabalin will conduct the 2pm May 6th RIPYO concert. The concert will be held at The VETS, Providence. Tickets are available in advance through the Music School and at The VETS on the day of the concert.
Ticket prices are $11/adult, $6/ students & senior citizens.