Pianist David Geng (Class of '19) will perform at Carnegie Hall in May

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Geng will attend the Brevard Music Festival this summer as a recipient of a '17 Benenson Award

David Geng is a rising Junior pursuing a Mathematics major, Computer Science minor, and on the Pre-Medical Track.  He is originally from Princeton, NJ and has been playing piano for 13 years. At Duke, he studies piano with Professor Randall Love.

Most recently, David has been accepted into the semi-final round of the Washington Int’l Piano Competition (Ages 18 – 30), to be held in June where he will compete against 14 other semifinalists from top conservatories and professionals. He has also been accepted to study at the Brevard Music Festival this summer as part of the Collegiate Piano Division for 3 weeks, on a merit scholarship; Duke has awarded him a ’17 Benenson Award to help cover the rest of the fees of attendance.

Earlier this year, David won 3rd Prize in the Professional Category of the Debut Int'l Piano Competition, and as a result will be giving a 15-minute solo performance at Carnegie Hall later in May. He was also the State Winner of the North Carolina MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition (Ages 19 – 26), and represented NC in the Southern Division competitions. Out of the 8 state winners in the Southern Division, David placed in 3rd.

Before coming to Duke, David was named a National YoungArts Foundation Winner and received a Finalist (Top 6) Award at the IIYM Int’l Piano Competition.

David is highly involved in Duke’s Devilish Keys, a 20-member piano ensemble he started his Freshman year with the dual goals of challenging the notion that piano is a solo instrument, and bridging the gap between classical and non-classical styles. He is also a volunteer pianist at the Duke Hospital, as part of the Arts & Health at Duke program.

Aside from music, he also loves math and will be pursuing an independent project starting this summer as a PRUV Fellow. David has been an active member of the Duke University Mathematics Union for two years and will serve as its President for the ’17-’18 school year. He has also been a member of The Cube Selective Living Group since Freshman year. In his spare time, David enjoys reading and spending time with friends.