Donna Weng Friedman, creator of Music Bee Club apps
Pianist Donna Weng Friedman has excited audiences all over the world with her dynamic temperament and charismatic style. She has performed as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony to mention a few. Ms. Weng Friedman has concertized extensively throughout China, South America, Europe and the United States. She made her New York recital debut at the 92nd St. Y on the “Horizons” series. Her performing credits include recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Caramoor Music Festival, Symphony Hall in Shanghai, the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach Florida, Le Jeu de Paume in Fontainebleau, France and Tillett Gardens in St. Thomas, USVI. Ms. Weng Friedman has conducted master classes at the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories and has been on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division since 1989.
An American of Chinese heritage, she began her musical education at the age of seven in the Pre-college Division of the Juilliard School where she was awarded the Robert Armstrong Memorial Award for outstanding performance. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Princeton University where she was a University Scholar and was awarded the Sachs Scholarship Award for outstanding performance upon graduation. She received a Master’s of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Adele Marcus, and was a winner of the highly coveted Gina Bachauer piano competition. A winner of the William Petschek Award of the Juilliard School, she studied chamber music with Felix Galimir, piano and composition with Nadia Boulanger, and had the privilege of coaching with pianist Radu Lupu.
Ms. Weng Friedman was the music supervisor and pianist for the award winning film documentary “Frames of Life” as well as the film “Living Liberty” and “The Independent”, a documentary about the life of filmmaker Morris Engel. Ms. Weng Friedman is an Apple developer, and co-authored the story for her first app,”The Flight of the Bumble Bee” .
Pictured (above) with Donna Weng Friedman is her daughter, Michelle Friedman.
Michelle designed this website and is the art director for all of her mom’s apps. She studied fashion design at FIT and Parsons and was a winner of a Gold Key from Scholastics Inc Writing Awards Competition for her poetry. She is entering her junior year in high school this fall.
David Frost, audio producer
David Frost has produced recordings for all the major classical labels and has received eleven Grammy Awards, including three for Classical Producer of the Year and one for “Listen to the Storyteller”, three stories for children with narration by Kate Winslet, Wynton Marsalis and Graham Greene. Other recordings for children include “Peter and the Wolf” and “The Shoe Bird” with Jim Dale and the Seattle Symphony, and “Ballet for Martha” with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Seattle Symphony.
David Frost has also produced recordings of Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many other great artists of today. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto in Carnegie Hall at age 15. Please see www.davidfrost.net for more.
Royce Flippin, co-author
Royce Flippin is a writer, editor and communications consultant. A college classmate and longtime friend of Donna Weng Friedman, he lives in New York City with his wife and seven-year-old daughter.
So-Chung Shinn, narrator
So-Chung Shinn is a co-host and producer of “The Portfolio” talk show and voiceover artist who has worked with companies in cosmetics, book publishing, and technology industries. She is also the chairman of The Metropolitan Opera’s Young Associates program and a Young Associate Director of The Metropolitan Opera’s board of directors. A former managing editor of Opera News and executive editor of Interior Design, she has contributed articles about design, children’s products, and travel to numerous publications including Cookie, Momentum, Town & Country Travel, and Playbill.
Elizabeth Mann, flutist
Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in Concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. She is the principal flutist of the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble and is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra . She has played principal flute with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev and recently played associate Principal Flute with the New York Philharmonic. She premiered a solo flute piece by Joan Tower, and performed a commissioned concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Mann has been principal flute with the Santa Fe Opera, played with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Dorian Quintet and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. She has been featured at Caramoor, Santa Fe and the Lochenhaus Festivals and teaches at the Colorado College in their Summer Festival.
Ms. Mann attended the JuilliardSchool as a student of Julius Baker. She can be heard on over 100 recordings, which include her recently released and critically acclaimed flute and harp CD of Chopin transcriptions titled “Reflections”. Ms. Mann is also an active teacher.
Eric Tao, Creator of Promotional Videos
Flight of the Bumblebee: