Australian pianist David Fung was on his way to becoming a medical doctor, studying on scholarship at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Despite the demands of a full-time university schedule and his position as principal violin of the university orchestra, Fung recommenced his piano studies during his first year at the university, following a considerable hiatus. Later that year, Fung won the prestigious Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award after four rounds of competition that culminated in the concerto finals with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
After leaving the University of New South Wales medical school in 2003, Fung continued his studies at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with John Perry. In 2007, Fung was the first pianist to graduate from this prestigious school.
Since then, he has performed with the Melbourne Symphony, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa of Japan, the Queensland and Sydney Symphony orchestras, and has engagements with the China National Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons, he has appeared in numerous international music festivals, including the Aspen Music, Edinburgh International and International Franz Liszt festivals, as well as the Holland Music Sessions and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society.
Fung’s fascination with other art forms has led him to explore relationships among the audience, visual art and music. He has presented music in tandem with exhibitions at numerous galleries and art spaces, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Fung also regularly plays the harpsichord and violin.
Fung has recorded with ABC Classics and Yarlung Records and is the recipient of the Premier’s Award, the Lord Florey Student Prize (formerly the Australian Students Prize), the Lane Cove Council Citizenship Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.http://www.davidfung.com/