Award winning pianist Donna Weng Friedman enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, curator, producer and app developer.
Donna is the inaugural winner of the Women Who Innovate Grant 2023, awarded by the International Alliance for Women in Music, Global Initiatives committee. Her album Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, featuring exclusively AAPI/BIPOC artists, was presented with two Silver Medals at the 2022 Global Music Awards. Intended as a response to the wave of violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals, her pandemic EP aims to promote understanding and tolerance among people of all backgrounds
In collaboration with WQXR, Donna created and produced Heritage and Harmony, a virtual concert series in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Her story was featured on Asian Americans of New York & New Jersey | WLIW21, a segment of which has been aired on PBS numerous times. Donna was awarded a 2022 New York Women Composer’s grant. She is the co-creator and co-host of HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY with soprano Allison Charney, a mini-series on WQXR as well as a concert series that shines a light on women composers, past and present.
Donna has performed in concert halls worldwide, appeared as soloist with major symphony orchestras and has collaborated with world-class artists. The curator of the Donna Weng Friedman ’80 Master Class Series at Princeton University, she is a member of Princeton University Music Department’s Advisory Council.