Described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and praised as having “undoubted talent” by the Los Angeles Times, Australian pianist David Fung continues to impress audiences with his poetry, artistry and elegance. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. Festival appearances have included solo and chamber music performances at the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), Bari International Music Festival (Italy), Goslar Festival (Germany), Der Internationaler Klaviersommer (Germany), Music at Menlo (California), Sarasota Festival (Florida) and the Edinburgh International Festival Queen’s Hall Series, where Fung was acclaimed as being “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented... and probably [doing] ten more impossible things daily before breakfast,” by Jonas Green in the Edinburgh Guide.
A winner of major national and international awards, Mr. Fung captured public attention when he became a top prizewinner at the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, where he was further distinguished by prizes for Best Classical Concerto and Best Performance of Chamber Music. He also won the Grand Prize at the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the J. Wight Henderson Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition and the Victor and Sono Elmaleh Prize for the Best Pianist at the Concert Artists Guild International Music Competition.
In 2005, 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, titled 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” by James Harrington in the American Record Guide and was named one of the Top 10 Recordings of 2011 by Linn Records. As a chamber musician, Mr. Fung has recorded the complete violin and piano works of American composer Lawrence Dillon with violinist Danielle Belen (Naxos) and partnered with Canadian ‘cellist Elinor Frey in her album Dialoghi (Yarlung).
Mr. Fung is the Artistic Director of the Bari International Music Festival (Italy), which is one of the most important music events of its kind in the south of Italy. Since joining the festival in 2010, his innovative programming has led to the selling-out the festival series, which takes place in the one-thousand year-old Vallisa. The Corriere del Mezzogiorno has praised the festival for “spreading an infectious love of classical music throughout the city of Bari” while “attracting large numbers of younger audiences to its concert series.”
Perpetually fascinated with music and it’s contexts, Mr. Fung has explored new musical perspectives though the visual arts and other expressive media, in particular the visual correspondences to the music of Morton Feldman. He has presented music in tandem with exhibitions and collections at art galleries including the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), the Galleria Nazionale (Italy), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. A champion of contemporary music, Mr. Fung has premiered, commissioned and recorded numerous new works of living composers. He has performed with ensembles such as eighth blackbird and regularly appears in New Music New Haven.
Mr. Fung has worked with Boris Berman, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Robert Levin, John Perry, Andràs Schiff and Arie Vardi, and was the first pianist to graduate from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. He holds two degrees from the Yale School of Music and teaches chamber music at Yale University. Mr. Fung is also an accomplished violinist and has performed extensively on harpsichord, chamber organ and fortepiano as a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Robert Mealy.
Mr. Fung is an official Steinway Artist and is kindly supported by Arts Global.