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Piano Lesson

Feng Niu

The Royal International Piano Competition Feng Niu

Pianist Feng Niu is known for her vivacious and sensitive collaboration with some of the most promising instrumentalists of recent years. The highlight of her recent performances include appearances at the “First Monday Series” in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Strathmore’s “Music at the Mansion”, the Cranbrook Guild Music Series in Michigan, the Phillips Collections’s “Sunday Concerts Series” in Washington DC.

Ms. Niu is a long-term partner with flutist virtuoso Annie Wu, who is the winner of Astral Artists’ 2015 Auditions as well as the First Prize winner of the 2016 James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. Recently they recorded a debut album titled “They Call Me Mignon: 11 variations on a voice”, and their performance has been broadcast nationally on WETA classical radio.

At the New England Conservatory, she is in frequent demand as a collaborative pianist working with renowned artists such as Paula Robison, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, and Laurence Lesser. She has been a staff pianist at Bowdoin International Music Festival since 2018.

Her commitment to community engagement has lead to collaborations with the Music For Food initiative in Boston, the New England Conservatory Community Partnerships Program.

Beyond performance, she is also a member of NEC Teaching and Performance Fellowship, sharing her musical knowledge and experiences with children at elementary schools. In 2019, she presented her teaching project “Retrain Your Nerves” which provides solutions to fix young piano student’s collapsing finger joints issues at Boston College High School. In recent years, her research includes an interdisciplinary study between Szymanowski’s Myths and Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, as well as a comprehensive examination of French Teaching Philosophy in Classical Music.

Ms. Niu received her early piano training under the guidance of Professor Shiyu Zhou at Shanghai Conservatory. She made her solo recital debut at the age of 10, and was a top prize winner at the Hong Kong Young Pianist Competition, Yamaha Asia Piano Competition, and Lagny Sur Marne International Piano Competition in France.

Ms. Niu came to the U.S. in 2012, working with Dr. Pei-Shan Lee and Mr. Gabriel Chodos at the New England Conservatory. She currently teaches chamber music at the Tianjin Juilliard School.

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