David Fung, pianist
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 Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber 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, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 include debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa ChamberFest, Seattle Town Hall, Texarkana Symphony Chamber Music Series, and Mexico’s Festival de Febrero. He performs with the Brentano Quartet at Carnegie Hall and Yale University in addition to giving solo and collaborative performances in Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, and New York. Last season, Mr. Fung appeared 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.
In 2014, Mr. Fung performed the West Coast Premiere of Chen Qigang’s Piano Concerto, “Er Huang”, with the San Francisco Symphony, and subsequent orchestral highlights include performances with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (Tchaikovsky No. 1), Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart K. 503), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Ravel G Major), National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (Ravel G Major and Rachmaninov No. 2), Israel Symphony Orchestra (Poulenc), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Mozart K. 467), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Hindemith), Southwest Florida Symphony (Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody), Symphony Tacoma (Beethoven No. 2), and a tour with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (Mozart K. 413 and K. 449).
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 July 2019, the Steinway and Sons Label released Mr. Fung’s first installment of the complete Mozart sonatas, which have been called “undeniably bold” (AllMusic Guide). Boston’s WCRB praises the selections 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.