About the ArtistPraised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), pianist Fei-Fei Dong is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (The Dallas Morning News), both in the US and internationally, including her native China.
Dong’s 2019-2020 concert season will take her across the globe in concerto performances, recitals and chamber music collaborations. Highlights include performances with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic touring in Germany, a tour of Spain with the New York Youth Symphony, as well as concerto engagements with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Big Springs Symphony and Symphony in C. This season also brings a new special project titled The Inner Voices with violist Dana Kelley and clarinetist Yoonah Kim, featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann and Brahms.
Additional career highlights include performances with the Fort Worth Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Austin Symphony, Denver Philharmonic, Anchorage Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, and the Juilliard Orchestra. Internationally, she has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany’s Baden-Baden Philharmonic, and in China with the Shanxi and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestras.
Dong’s was showcased prominently as a Cliburn finalist in the documentary film, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn Competition, which premiered on PBS in August 2015. She is based in New York City.
Gerald ShadelGerald Shadel a Professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and holds the Audrey Geisel Chair in Biomedical Science.
Shadel studies the basic biology of mitochondria, dynamic “powerhouses” inside cells that generate energy from the food we eat. The Shadel lab identified mitochondrial dysfunction as a key element in the neurodegenerative disease ataxia-telangiectasia and developed the first mouse model of maternally inherited human deafness. He showed a novel role for mitochondrial signaling in regulating aging, and discovered that mitochondrial DNA activates the antiviral innate immune system. Using genetic, biochemical and molecular approaches, Shadel’s team continues to focus on the surprisingly diverse roles of mitochondria in aging and disease, such as autoimmune diseases and cancer.