Feng Hew, BPO Associate Principal Cellist
Praised by the Buffalo News for her “top-notch”, “ravishing”, “joy to hear” performances, cellist Feng Hew has distinguished herself with “deep and warm tone with rich resonance.” Ms. Hew made the world premiere of “Whistler Waves” for cello and orchestra, commissioned by the BPO and written for her by composer Caroline Mallonee. Released on CD, it has been broadcast on “Performance Today” and hailed as “formidable playing!” by Fanfare Magazine. She commissioned a second Mallonee work, “Portraits of Andromeda,” and as an advocate for new music, has commissioned and will premiere a cello concerto, "Zhulong," by composer Alice Hong in 2020. Prior to joining the BPO, she worked extensively with Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax at the Irving Gilmore International Music Festival. She has performed both in the U.S. and abroad, in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, her native Taiwan, and Canada. She is a frequent featured soloist with Buffalo musical organizations such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and Amherst Symphony, and actively performs with the Buffalo Chamber Players, A Musical Feast, and the Philharmonic String Quartet.