Meet Our Director, Miles Fellenberg
Hailed by Cleveland Classical as performing with “fiery energy” and with a “proper blend of swooning fervency and cool control” by the Santa Barbara News-Press, pianist/conductor Miles Fellenberg has performed in many different contexts across four continents. This past 2014-2015 season included performances at the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University, The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, Liederkranz Hall, and Mozart Hall (S. Korea). He has previously held a chamber music residency at El Conservatorio Franz Liszt (Ecuador) as well as teaching residencies in upstate New York, Virginia, China and South Korea. While holding a contemporary chamber music fellowship in Arezzo (Italy), Fellenberg assisted with productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and La Finta Giardiniera. Fellenberg is a staff pianist at The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival & School, the Artistic Director of the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition, and on the faculty at the Church Street School for Music & Art.
Fellenberg holds a Precollege Diploma from Manhattan School of Music, a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory, and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of the David Garvey Scholarship and the P. & A. Shaffer Scholarship. He additionally spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West under the auspices of the Mary A. Kana Endowed Full Scholarship, where he studied with Jonathan Feldman.
“Shortly after beginning piano, I was asked to play for my middle school chorus. I remember racing home after the first rehearsal to try to re-create the beautiful music I heard earlier that day… it sure wasn’t as fun without the singers! I later played for my high school’s musicals and was thrilled when I was asked by my childhood piano teacher, Denise Bastanza, to play for the local chorus, which she directed. It was beautiful to see a wide range of personalities working together towards a common goal. As soon as I got to college, I was asked to sing in the college-community chorus. Our performance of Elgar’s The Music Makers with full orchestra (in a huge chapel) was exhilarating. I finally felt what it was like being inside that mass of sound. It was powerful and I was hooked. I have since performed with dozens of choruses and have gotten to know many interesting people and wonderful voices. I am extremely excited and proud to be joining you, the Parkchester Chorus. I can’t wait to grow with you as we deepen our love of music together ” – Miles