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Fei Tong

2024 Violin C

Violinist Fei Tong enjoys a versatile career as a performer, pedagogue, and scholar. She has performed throughout Asia, North America, and Europe and has appeared as a soloist with Harbin Symphony Orchestra (China), the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and the ARCO Chamber Orchestra. Tong has also given concerts at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Albert Hall, the Beijing National Library Performing Arts Center, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in China. In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China invited her to perform for John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, on his visit to China. Currently, she is a senior visiting scholar under the tutelage of Mikhail Kopelman as a recipient of Chinese National Award Scholarship at Eastman School of Music. She also holds the position of lecturer in violin at Ludong University in Shandong, China.

Career highlights include numerous competition prizes, summer festival appearances, leadership roles, and collaborations with distinguished artists. As the first-prize winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Georgia (UGA), she performed the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.1 in F-Sharp Minor. Tong was also named the Michigan Winner in the Music Teachers National Association Competition and has won top prizes in the North International Music Competition and the Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition. Summer festival appearances have taken Tong to venues such as the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Musica Mundi Chamber Festival, and the Ascent International Chamber Music Festival. She served as concertmaster of the China Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Andrés Cárdenes, Milan Milisavljević, Rafael Figueroa, David Holland, and members of Time for Three. 

Tong received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the University of Georgia in 2021, where she studied with Levon Ambartsumian and held a teaching assistantship position, in addition, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society, for her outstanding doctoral work. Previously a graduate of the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, she studied with Hui Jin, and Yang Wu, the concertmaster of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed in master classes for Ivry Gitlis, Boris Kuschnir, Paul Roczek, Andrés Cárdenes, Guy Braunstein, Robert Chen, and Bin Huang.