Donn-Alexandre Feder

Donn-Alexandre Feder has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He made his New York Town Hall debut as the recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Award and earned Kosciuszko Foundation awards for his acclaimed Chopin-Szymanowski recital at Alice Tully Hall and his pioneer recording Szymanowski Piano Music for Protone Records. Dr. Feder has also recorded for the BBC, Poland’s Radio Polska, and with the Netherlands Philharmonic under Franz Allers and Willem van Otterloo.

During a two-year residency in Warsaw through a U.S.–Polish Government grant, Dr. Feder was the first American pianist to perform in the house of Chopin’s birth at Zelazowa-Wola and was a finalist in the Seventh Chopin International Competition. He served for many years thereafter as an adjudicator for the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Scholarship Competition in New York.

Dr. Feder began his performing career at age thirteen as soloist with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Distinguished British conductor Brian Priestman featured him in a tour of the Pacific Northwest with the Denver Symphony. Arthur Fiedler engaged Dr. Feder in ten consecutive seasons as soloist with the Boston Pops, where he performed in several opening night concerts at Symphony Hall and Esplanade Park.

Donn-Alexandre Feder was a scholarship student of Mme. Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School, went on to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki and Jorge Bolet, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree there under Mme. Ilona Kabos.

With his concert duo-partner and wife, Elisha Gilgore, Dr. Feder co-directed the Musicisti Americani Festival and Piano Institute in Rome and Sulmona, Italy. Hailed by The New York Times as “a magnificent duo,” they presented two-piano recitals in Italy, England, and Canada. Their Chandos recording, Excursions: Music by Barber, Copland and Gershwin, has been a best seller in Europe.

A member of the Manhattan School of Music piano faculty since 1969, Dr. Feder has presented master classes in Korea, Japan, and the Republic of China.