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David Fung

piano

About this Artist

Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances in the The Washington Post, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, and with the major orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,   the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Fung’s 2019-20 highlights included debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Town Hall, Texarkana Symphony Chamber Music Series, and performances at Mexico’s Festival de Febrero and together with the Brentano Quartet at Yale University  and Carnegie Hall. His 2020-21 season continues to include engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Niagara Symphony, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, ChamberFest DBQ, among others. Recent orchestral features include appearances with the Orpheus, Israel, and Melbourne Chamber Orchestras, the Albany, Arkansas, Marin, Sun Valley Summer, and Vallejo Symphony Orchestras, and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. He also performed at the Ravinia Festival, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and Korea’s  Yeosu International Music Festival in addition to debuts with the Brussels Piano Festival and with Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center.

In July 2016, Mr. Fung’s highly acclaimed debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival was “everything you could wish for” (Cleveland Classical), and he was further praised as an “agile and alert interpreter of Mozart’s crystalline note- spinning” (The Plain Dealer). In the following week, he performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Beijing National Stadium for their Olympic   Summer Festival. He also performed the West Coast Premiere of Chen Qigang’s Piano Concerto, “Er Huang”, with the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral highlights include performances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, Symphony Tacoma, Tampere Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony New Japan Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, and a tour of two Mozart concerti with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Fung is a frequent guest artist at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide. Festival highlights include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Caramoor, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Ravinia Festival, and Tippet Rise. At his Edinburgh International Festival debut, the Edinburgh Guide described Mr. Fung as being  “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented... and who probably does ten more impossible things daily before breakfast.” In recent seasons, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, the Louvre Museum, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and the Zürich Tonhalle, and he gave a recital tour in China at all the major venues including the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Guangzhou Opera House, and the Tianjin Grand Theater.

In August 2020, the Steinway and Sons Label released Mr. Fung’s Transcendent Beethoven album, following the label’s acclaimed 2019 release of Mr. Fung’s first installment of the complete Mozart sonatas. This Mozart album was called “undeniably bold” (AllMusic Guide) and praised by Boston’s WCRB as “heartbreaking”, adding that “Fung relishes the art of exploring Mozart’s characters – giving them freedom to breathe, and casting them   in darkness and light to help reveal their humanity.” Mr. Fung’s debut album with Yarlung Records linked the virtuosity in the piano music of Liszt and Ravel: Liszt’s   Sonata in B minor and Les jeux d’eau à la villa d’Este, with Ravel’s Jeux d’Eau and La Valse. His second album with Yarlung, Evening Conversations, featured a solo recital of intimate works by composers ranging from Mozart to Tan Dun. Evening Conversations was praised as “an overall favorite” piano recital album by James Harrington in the American Record Guide and was named one of the Top 10 Recordings of 2011 by Linn Records. Mr. Fung's chamber music performances can also be heard on Naxos,  Pentatone, Orchid, and Genuin.

Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a winner in two of the "top five" international piano competitions (the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv). In Tel Aviv, he was further distinguished by the Chamber Music and Mozart Prizes, awarded in areas in which Mr. Fung has a particularly passionate interest.

The first piano graduate of the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Mr. Fung also studied at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik and the Yale School of Music. His teachers include Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, John Perry, and Arie Vardi. Mr. Fung is on faculty at the University of Georgia and is a Steinway Artist.