FUNG: Prodigy Returns to His Roots

It's been five years since internationally acclaimed pianist David Fung last graced a stage in his native Australia. But the musical prodigy who swapped medical studies at UNSW for a career at the keyboard is finally coming home.

On May 18th, Fung will reunite with the Australia Ensemble UNSW for a highly-anticipated concert at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium. The homecoming performance marks his first in Australia since 2019 as Fung's skyrocketed to global demand, dazzling audiences from Los Angeles to Israel with his "ravishing and simply gorgeous" interpretations.

For this one-night-only event, the virtuoso will lend his talents to Mozart's singular Kegelstatt Trio and Schumann's achingly expressive Piano Quartet. The Kegelstatt holds a special place in Fung's repertoire.

"Performing Mozart's Kegelstatt trio is always a joy," Fung remarked. "The instrumentation is singular, where the timbre of the viola and clarinet create a distinctive colour with the piano...It features an operatic and virtuosic finale which draws from Mozart's piano concerti."

While the 38-year-old was advised against playing Mozart publicly as a student, he's since become a renowned interpreter of the composer's works. Fung is currently recording the complete Mozart Sonatas and concertos, adding to his prolific discography.

For Australian audiences, this presents the opportunity to witness Fung's masterful command of the keys in the intimate Clancy Auditorium. After over a decade away from home, this outrageous talent is finally returning to where his meteoric rise began.

The concert also marks a special performance before he joins the prestigious faculty at the Manhattan School of Music later this year. The Sydney-bred artist will be the first Australian instructor at the legendary conservatory, rubbing shoulders with revered soloists like Pinchas Zukerman and Olga Kern. While undertaking his duties in Manhattan, Fung will maintain a schedule of touring and performing, including the Gra┼╝yna Bacewicz Piano Concerto with the California Symphony scheduled for 2025.

The upcoming UNSW concert also features David Griffiths, clarinet; Kristian Winther, violin; Anna da Silva Chen, violin; Tahlia Petrosian, viola; and Svetlana Bogosavljevic, cello.

Concert Program:
W. A. MOZART Trio in E flat K. 498 'Kegelstatt' (1786)
David BRUCE Gumboots (2008)
Stuart GREENBAUM Northern Lights (2020)
Robert SCHUMANN Piano Quartet Op. 47 (1842)

Concert Details:
Date: Saturday 18 May
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-ensemble-unsw-2024-concert-2-tickets-828001854837

(image: Jose Franch-Ballester)


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