David Fung


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. Declared a Rising Star by BBC Music Magazine, Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the San Diego Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the major orchestras in his native country of Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2020-21 season, Mr. Fung made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut alongside Yuja Wang and conductor Gustavo Dudamel in the Sound/Stage series at the Hollywood Bowl, play-directed Bach with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and returned to Caramoor for performances with both bass-baritone Dashon Burton and the Verona Quartet. This followed an eventful 2019-20 season, which included a debut with the Detroit Symphony for its opening concerts celebrating the Orchestra Hall Centennial, performances at Town Hall Seattle and Eastman Presents, a collaboration with the Brentano Quartet at Yale University and Carnegie Hall, and headlining the 2020 WQXR Pride Celebrations in New York City. Highlights for the 2021-22 season include appearances with the Charleston, New Haven, Niagara, Racine, and Vallejo Symphony Orchestras, performances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic together with Tessa Lark and Joshua Roman, a special project with Nico Muhly at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, and debuts at the Grand Canyon Music Festival and Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, where he reunites with the Dover Quartet.

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 Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Beijing National Stadium for their Olympic Summer Festival. In addition to the West Coast Premiere of Chen Qigang’s Piano Concerto, “Er Huang”, with the San Francisco Symphony, other recent solo engagements include performances with the Albany Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Israel Symphony, Marin Symphony, the National Taiwan Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Southwest Florida Symphony, Sun Valley Symphony, Symphony Tacoma, Vallejo Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic, and Xiamen Philharmonic. An incisive interpreter of Mozart and Bach, Mr. Fung has collaborated with the Israel, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Orpheus, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

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, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Brussels Piano Festival, Caramoor, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Tippet Rise, and Yeosu International Music Festival. 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 been presented in recital by Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, the Louvre Museum, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, L’Auditori Barcelona, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Seoul Art Center, and the Zürich Tonhalle. In 2015, 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 can also be heard on more than a dozen accoladed releases by Pentatone, Orchid, Genuin, Yarlung, and Naxos.

Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a laureate of 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 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, Margaret Hair, John Perry, and Arie Vardi. Mr. Fung is on faculty at the University of Georgia and is a Steinway Artist.

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