Praised by critics of the Buffalo News with exclamations such as “top-notch,” “ravishing,” “joy to hear” performances, cellist Feng Hew has distinguished herself with “deep, woody and warm tone with rich resonance.” Ms. Hew is the Associate Principle Cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, appointed by Maestra JoAnn Falletta in 1999. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and the United State. Ms. Hew is featured frequently with Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Camerata di San't Antonio, Amherst Chamber Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Hew has made several WNY premieres including Graciela y Buenos Aires by Jose Bragato, Concertino for Cello and String Orchestra by Lars-Erik Larson, a US premiere of Roberto Molinelli‘s Twin Legends, and most recently, a world premiere of Whislter Waves, a Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra by Caroline Mallonee. Her passion for chamber music keeps her actively involved with A Musical Feast, Buffalo Chamber Players, Chamber Music on Elmwood and the Philharmonic String Quartet.
A native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Ms. Hew began piano lessons at the age of 4 and cello lessons at the age of 10. By the age of 15, she had garnered top prizes throughout the country from the National Taiwan Young Musician Competitions, and had already made her concerto debut with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra after winning their concerto competition. The following year, Ms. Hew received first prize from yet another concerto competition and performed as soloist with the National Taiwan Academy Symphony Orchestra. Shortly after, she accepted her first professional orchestral position with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Hew was invited to perform with the Asian Youth Orchestra in their Asia Tour in 1990 with conductor Yehudi Menuhin.
As the recipient of a prestigious full-scholarship grant from the Evergreen Music Foundation in Taiwan, Ms. Hew came to the United States for her Baccalaureate degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Upon graduation, she was awarded a much-coveted full scholarship from the New England Conservatory to further her study for a master's degree. Ms. Hew had won the New England Conservatory concerto competitions, string quartet and piano trio competitions, and received honors for distinction in cello performance at both graduations. In 1997, Ms. Hew’s cello/piano duo was invited as one of only two cello/piano duos throughout the US to participate in the Irving Gilmore International Festival, where they worked intensively with Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax and performed several recitals in Michigan. In the New England area, Ms. Hew performed as featured soloist with NEC Symphony Orchestra and Harvard Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Cellist of Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, member of Vermont Symphony Orchestra and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with maestros such as Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas and Simon Rattle. Ms. Hew's main teachers include Laurence Lesser, Colin Carr, and David Wells. She has also worked with Paul Tortelier, Anner Bylsma, David Soyer, and Carter Brey.