Donna Weng Friedman

  • @wenger
  • Concert Pianist, self-employed
Concert pianist, educator and producer- bringing people of all backgrounds together through the unify...  
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2021

Oct 19, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Performed a live concert
Classical music
I am so happy and excited to announce the return of the Donna Weng Friedman '80 Masterclass Series, live and in person at Princeton University!!!  And who better to kick off our 2021-2022 season than the fabulous violinist Jennifer Koh!!! If you are in town, please join us for an afternoon of beautiful music, performed by our wonderful students at Taplin Auditorium, on Tuesday, November  9 @ 4:30pm.  Music by Brahms, Prokofiev, Sibelius and Ysaye.  Admission Free
https://music.princeton.edu/events/masterclass-jennifer-koh-violin
Oct 11, 2021
Oct 11, 2021
Recorded A Song
Released a single
Performed a live concert
Released an album
+ 2
Thrilled to release LIVE in Concert with Carter Brey, principal cellist of the NY Phil, to celebrate the return of in person concerts!   Performing the Rachmaninoff and Debussy cello and piano sonatas with Carter was a dream come true and I am delighted to share this recording from one of our pre-pandemic concerts at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.  The Rachmaninoff sonata was one of the major works to emerge after the composer suffered  "writer's block" for 3 years,  triggered by the disastrous premiere of his first symphony. Hypnotherapy eventually helped him overcome his loss of confidence, and what a way to make a comeback! This was also Rachmaninoff's last chamber music work, and is one of the most romantic, passionate, expressively tender and intense pieces I have ever played. Similarly, Claude Debussy also had  a block, and wrote in a letter "“I spent nearly a year unable to write music…after that I’ve almost had to re-learn it. It was like a rediscovery and it seemed to me more beautiful than ever!"  This sonata was one of Debussy's last compositions, and it was his quest to preserve French heritage in his music “I want to work not so much for myself, but to give proof, however small it may be, that not even 30 million ‘boches’ can destroy French thought.”  On Spotify, Amazon and Dweezer
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/donnawengfriedman/live-in-concert-with-carter-brey
Sep 30, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Released a single
Performed a live concert
Released an album
Recorded A Song
+ 2
The Swan, in all its majestic beauty, as performed by Carter Brey, principal cellist of the NY Phil, produced by David Frost (19 Grammys so far: ) and me, swooning at the piano! 
https://open.spotify.com/album/1FNzrbdU5PG2xYc1vyEmtU
Sep 30, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Released an album
Released a single
Performed a live concert
+ 1
Excited to share the release of my single "Daisies" by Sergei Rachmaninoff performed live in concert by Carter Brey, principal cellist of the NY Philharmonic and me, on cloud 9,  at the piano.  The stunning arrangement for cello and piano was gifted to Carter by the great pianist William "Skip" Doppmann.   
https://open.spotify.com/album/6wjnAXMArXJ8qsWbfpong3
Sep 28, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Produced an Album
Released an album
Released a single
Recorded A Song
Performed a live concert
+ 3
Pianist and music producer Donna Weng Friedman released her  EP album Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings. The album, which is available on Spotify, Amazon, Tidal and other online outlets, is intended as a response to the wave of violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals, and aims to promote understanding and tolerance among people of all backgrounds. It features Ms. Weng Friedman and soprano Indira Mahajan performing music by composers Margaret Bonds, Beata Moon, Florence B. Price, and Chinary Ung.  All proceeds are donated to an organization that fights against racism.
https://open.spotify.com/album/7iJ84K3JE8b3HBL6ZdREL5
Concert Pianist, self-employed
Sep 28, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Performed a live concert
Played Piano
What a thrill it was, performing the world premiere of Unfathomable Things: 15 Stories for Solo Piano, by the amazing composer Kim D. Sherman on Rodgers and Hammerstein's Steinway -yes, The Sound of Music was composed on that piano! - along with Kimberly Grigsby, Broadway's musical director/conductor extraordinaire, all in front of a wonderful live audience!!! Next stop - the recording studio!!
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