The Howard Hanson Certificate of Merit is awarded annually by the Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild to high school seniors who exhibit excellence in piano performance.
This award is named in honor of Howard Hanson, renowned American composer, conductor, educator and director of the Eastman School of Music from 1924 to 1964.
The Hanson Winners’ Recital took place this on March 10 in Nazareth College’s Wilmot Hall.
The winners are Camille Caceci and Raymond Feng.
Caceci, of Pittsford, is a senior at Pittsford Mendon High School. She is a member of the National Honor and the school honor roll. Caceci has qualified for the Leading Tones plaque given by the NYSMTA District 12 Student Achievement Program and has earned two Gold Cups through the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild. For the past two years, she has been selected to play in the Gold Cup Honors Recital. She will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall to major in computer science.
Feng, of Pittsford, is a piano student of Elier Suárez. He has been a top prizewinner of several national and international competitions since the age of 9. He made his orchestral debut as a piano soloist at age 11 with the Ashdod Symphony in Italy and since has collaborated with orchestras in Boston, Chicago, Texas and the Rochester area. Feng’s appearance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra was broadcast on NPR’s “From the Top.” An ambassador of classical music, Feng was selected as one of eight 2016-2018 Young Scholars worldwide and has been deeply engaged in community outreach activities that support music education. He was invited to perform at the 2018 Grammy Salute to Classical Music concert in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100 birthday. As a violinist, Feng is concertmaster of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. Feng will attend Harvard this fall and will audition for the college’s dual-degree program with the New England Conservatory.