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David Fung

Associate Professor of Piano

Dr. Fung is not accepting students for the following academic year (2022-2023).

Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances in the The Washington Post, pianist David Fung is a pedagogue and performing artist who works extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Declared a Rising Star by BBC Music Magazine, Dr. Fung regularly performs 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, and the major orchestras in his native country Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony, the Queensland Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony. 

A recipient of Steinway and Sons Top Teacher Award in 2019, Dr. Fung taught at Yale University for over 5 years before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2018. He regularly leads masterclasses and workshops at major universities and conservatories including Colburn Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Pennsylvania State University, California State University Northridge, Columbus State University, Duke University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Soochow University (Taiwan), Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan), Bangor University (Wales), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of New South Wales (Australia), and Bari Conservatory (Italy). He has also taught at the Anchorage Chamber Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, John Perry Academy Summer Festival, Piano Week International Festival and Summer School (United Kingdom), and ChamberFest DBQ. He frequently judges competitions including the finals of the National Steinway Piano Competition, the Southeast Young Artist Piano Competition, the MTNA competitions, Australia’s Young Virtuoso Award, and the Australian Music Foundation Awards, and his students have received prizes at numerous national and international competitions. 

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, returned to Caramoor for performances with both bass-baritone Dashon Burton and the Verona Quartet, and play-directed Bach with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. 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.

Dr. Fung’s highly acclaimed performance 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. He also performed the West Coast Premiere of Chen Qigang’s Piano Concerto, “Er Huang”, with the San Francisco Symphony. Other recent concerto engagements include appearances with the symphony orchestras in Albany, Arkansas, Kitchener-Waterloo, Israel, Marin, Southwest Florida, Sun Valley, Tacoma, and Vallejo, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (Finland). An incisive interpreter of Mozart and Bach, Dr. Fung has appeared as a guest artist with the Israel, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Orpheus, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. 

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Dr. Fung is a frequent guest artist at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide. Festival highlights include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Blossom 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 Dr. 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, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, 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 Dr. 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.” Dr. 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. Dr. Fung's chamber music performances can also be heard on Naxos, Pentatone, Orchid, and Genuin. Mr. Fung is a regular on APM’s Performance Today hosted by Fred Childs, major classical channels in the US (WQXR, WFMT, WETA, WCRB, KUSC), and on BBC Radio 3, Medici TV.

Dr. Fung garnered international attention as 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, Dr. 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. Dr. Fung is on faculty at the University of Georgia and is a Steinway Artist. 

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Mr. Fung frequently appears at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Queen’s Hall, the Zürich Tonhalle, the Gewandhaus, the Palais des Beaux-Arts and La Monnaie in Brussels, the Louvre Museum, and the major halls in Asia including the Beijing Concert Hall, Beijing Olympic Stadium, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Hong Kong City Hall, Guangzhou Opera House, and the Tianjin Grand Theater.  He is a guest of major festivals including Aspen, Blossom, Caramoor, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Ravinia, Sun Valley, Tippet Rise, and the Edinburgh International Festival, where the Edinburgh Guide described Mr. Fung as being “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented... and who probably does ten more impossible things daily before breakfast.”

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