Review of Cleveland Orchestra debut in The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Orchestra muses run to London and Paris on charming weekend at Blossom

By Mark Satola
"In the midst of a weekend of 20th century Anglo-Francophilia, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, with young pianist David Fung, was something of an odd man out, with its Rococo sheen and classical poise. Fung, making his Cleveland Orchestra debut, proved an agile and alert interpreter of Mozart's crystalline note-spinning. His sensitive reading of the famous Andante was the highlight of the concerto, and Francis directed the accompaniment, quite innovative for its time, with a fine ear for balance." 

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Solo recital debut at Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series

David will have his solo recital debut at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater in December of 2016.

“Stylish and articulate” (New York Times) with “undoubted talent” (Los Angeles Times), pianist David Fung is a poetic performer whose consummate virtuosity and thoughtful musicality has garnered numerous awards and competition victories. At this Sunday morning recital, he spins a musical tale that spans the centuries, from a collection of Scarlatti sonatas to a world premiere piece written for him by rising Bay Area composer Samuel Carl Adams.

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Rave Review of Chad and David in the Washington Post

By Stephen Brookes
"Hoopes and Fung turned in a glowing — even, to these ears, a little intoxicating — reading that shimmered with exotic colors, heightened by elegant little jabs of Prokofievan violence.
Hoopes’s assured and vivid playing was deftly supported by Fung, who seemed to dance with the keyboard all evening (and whose life-of-its-own “fauxhawk” threatened at times to steal the show)."

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Review in The Australian

By Eamonn Kelly
"Since winning the 2002 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, pianist David Fung has developed an international profile and his performance of the Ravel demonstrated why that is so. Virtuosic and sensitive in equal measure, he brought impish flourish and a light touch to the jagged outer ­movements and a sense of gentle momentum to the Adagio’s mesmerising meanderings through melancholy and longing."

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Review of Yarlung album "Evening Conversations"

October 22, 2013

By Gary Lemco
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Originally issued in 2006, this recital recorded 27-29 March 2006 has been reprocessed, using virgin polycarbonate and alloy in a German audiophile pressing that producer Bob Attiyeh claims will “bring you sound as close to the live magic in the concert hall as possible.” The original reviews of Evening Conversations proved quite favorable, with critic James Harrington of the American Record Guide’s commenting that his “reviewing process has produced an overall favorite, and that is David Fung. . .[whose] playing impressed me for its phrasing and musicality.” For me, the recital’s variety and breadth of palette rivals the kind of pianistic spectrum the late Shura Cherkassky would champion.

I concur that Fung (b. 1983) elicits some exquisite sounds from his Steinway instrument, brilliantly captured by Producer and Recording Engineer Bob Attiyeh. The recital itself presents almost limitless opportunities for Fung to display varieties of touch and attack, although his main ethos lies in the Romantic spirit. The 1978 Eight Memories in Watercolor by Tan Dun, miniatures with pearly and sometimes flippant colors, remind us of Debussy Etudes or crisp moments in Bartok strategies, insofar as Dun utilizes native Hunan folk songs or original tunes rife with exotic forms of Western harmony. “Ancient Burial” proceeds with a hesitancy we know from Debussy’s De pas sur la neige, emerging later in resonant tones like Debussy’s massive companion preludeLa Cathedrale engloutie. 

Pearly eroticism infiltrates Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, with its abbreviated allusion to Chopin’s F Minor Concerto. Anyone familiar with the film classic The Pianist will embrace this performance as authentic. Fung has an immediate grasp of the large gestures in Rachmaninov as well as his tender rhetoric. The A Minor (No. 8) flashes by in mercurially bravura strokes. No. 9 (Allegro moderato) in A Major receives the kind of passionate articulation that it deserves, having too often been passed by in Preludes surveys. Most of us know the epic B Minor Prelude as “The Return,” from Rachmaninov’s conversation with Moiseiwitsch. The last in this group, the G-sharp Minor, imitates some of the bariolage of the violin, anticipating the fluttering elements in the famous Op. 43 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Like Rachmaninov the composer and pianist, Fung has a clear fondness for Schumann, in poetic evidence via the nostalgic Arabesque and the ingenuous set of Children’s Scenes.

The “Classical” side of Fung’s talent, his capacity for crisp, brilliant resonance and direct phraseology, shines in the Mozart Fantasie and the three sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. The so-called “Minuet” Sonata, Kk. 34, enjoys a music-box sonority, its runs glistening. The famous Sonata Kk 141 gives a potent glimmer of Fung’s penchant for Spanish guitars in fierce staccati and bold stretti. The recital concludes with the relatively expansive Sonata Kk 32, the “Aria” that eloquently testifies to the galant sensibilities of the Age of Reason.