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Piano Concert Sept 19th

Written By Editor on 9/7/21 | 9/7/21

On Sunday, September 19, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents pianist David Fung. The Steinway artist will perform his “Tributes” program, exploring works of homage and devotion by J.S Bach, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, Reena Esmail, and Frederic Chopin. In reflection of current events, this program is dedicated to the unseen and unheard, and to all those affected by the pandemic. 

Admission is by donation; reservations are recommended as church seating is limited. Contact FOMAdmin@friendsmusic.org or (518) 918-8003 for reservations.

 

This performance is generously hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main Street, Stamford, and funded by the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation and individual donors. For more information about Friends of Music, visit www.friendsmusic.org. 

David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Declared a Rising Star in 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, and the Sydney Symphony. 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.

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, Niagara, and Racine 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. 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 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, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Seoul Art Center, and the Z├╝rich Tonhalle.

Mr. 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. Mr. Fung is the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and is a Steinway Artist.

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