LEWISTON — Concert artist David Fung returns to the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston, Friday, April 15. The recital begins at 7 p.m. and will feature works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Fung’s arrangement of Ravel’s “La Valse.”  Doors and bar open at 6 p.m. The concert is from 7 to 9 p. m.

The playing of this Steinway artist has been described as “stylish and articulate” by the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times concluded that he was “startlingly good,” one of a few young pianists with “unassuming charisma, charm, and natural talent.”  In recent seasons, Fung has appeared as guest soloist with all the major orchestras in his native Australia, and internationally, with orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the San Diego Symphony, and the Xiamen Philharmonic.  

Recognized for his prodigious musical talent early on – he received the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award in 2002 – he initially embarked on medical studies at the University of New South Wales, before deciding to move to California to study piano with John Perry at the Colburn Conservatory and, in 2007, become the first pianist to graduate from that new school.  He went on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music, where his teachers included Peter Frankl and Boris Berman.

Fung is a frequent guest artist in concert series and festivals worldwide. From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall, from Wigmore Hall in London and the Sydney Opera House, to the Beijing Concert Hall, his performances have been uniformly praised.  Following his Edinburgh International Festival debut,  Fung was described as “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented, and probably (doing) 10 more impossible things daily before breakfast!”

Fung has recorded for the ABC Classics, Naxos and Yarlung labels.

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