A Night of Classical Music, Art and Great Fun.
Fei-Fei, piano and the paintings of Nicholas Kontaxis
Praised for her bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei 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 global reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her passion, piquancy and tenderness and winning stage presence (Dallas Morning News).
In the 2017-18 season, she performed with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Denver Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, and she had a return engagement with Californias Pacific Symphony for a special performance celebrating the Chinese New Year.
This season, Fei-Fei also performs in recital in ten states across the United States as well as nineteen cities in China. Recent festival highlights include Bravo! Vail Valley, Music at Menlo, Busan International Music Festival (Korea), Nantucket Musical Arts Society and the Highlands Chamber Music, Music Mountain and Lake George Music Festivals.
Fei-Fei was showcased prominently as a Cliburn finalist in the documentary film, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn Competition, which premiered on PBS in August 2015, and she has also been a force at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Rubinstein Competition in Israel.
From Art Patron Magazine:
"MEETING 21-YEAR-OLD NICHOLAS KONTAXIS, AN ARTIST ENDOWED WITH TALENT, ENERGY AND A PASSIONATE LOVE OF BOLD COLORS AND SHAPES, IS AN INSPIRATION. KONTAXIS RESIDES IN RANCHO MIRAGE, WHERE HE HAS BEEN QUIETLY PAINTING ACRYLICS THAT HAVE TURNED HEADS FROM THE DE RE GALLERY IN LOS ANGELES TO GILMAN CONTEMPORARY IN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO. “HE DOES MORE WITH A PALATE KNIFE THAN ANY OTHER ARTIST COULD CREATE WITH A HANDFUL OF PAINT BRUSHES,” POINTS OUT ONE OF HIS ADMIRERS.
Kontaxis’s latest work, a four-panel piece for the new AC3 Restaurant & Bar at the Hotel Paseo in Palm Desert, blends the energy of Jackson Pollock with a dash of Damien Hirst’s tongue-in-cheek humor. The installation welcomes restaurant patrons with a burst of mesmerizing forms and colors measuring more than 31 feet long and provides a “stunning addition to the art of dining,” according to Palm Desert resident Phyllis Eisenberg. And the work plays out well in the heart of El Paseo, where art galleries proliferate.
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