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Biography Praised as having “undoubted talent” by the Los Angeles Times and described as being “impossibly virtuosic” by the Edinburgh Guide, young Australian pianist David Fung continues to impress audiences with his pure poetry, artistry, and elegance. Mr Fung has performed with leading orchestras around the globe, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Camerata, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa of Japan, the Queensland Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has also been invited to give recitals at international festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Goslar Festival (Germany), Der Internationaler Klaviersommer (Germany), Music at Menlo, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the 2006 Edinburgh International Festival Queen‟s Hall Series, where Mr Fung was acclaimed as being “prodigiously talented ... and probably (doing) ten more impossible things daily before breakfast,” by Jonas Green in the Edinburgh Guide. Mr Fung has won coveted prizes at both national and international piano competitions.
In 2008, Mr Fung was a top prize-winner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, where he was awarded the Prize for Best Classical Concerto, and Best Performance of Chamber Music. He won 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize in the 3rd Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and was the grand prize-winner of the 2002 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award. In 2007, Mr Fung was honoured by the City of Los Angeles for his contribution to the cultural life of the city, and was recently named the recipient of the Charles S. Miller Prize awarded to an outstanding pianist by the Yale University. After departing the University of New South Wales medical school in 2003, Mr Fung began studies at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with John Perry. In 2007, Fung became the first piano graduate of this prestigious school.
Mr Fung holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist‟s Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory, and a Master of Music at the Yale University. Mr Fung has also worked closely with world-class pianists such as Emanuel Ax, Boris Berman, Alfred Brendel, Yefim Bronfman, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Andras Schiff, and Arie Vardi. In addition to recording with NAXOS and ABC Classics, Mr Fung has recorded three albums with Yarlung Records. In 2005, his first U.S. album was released by Yarlung Records, which included works by Liszt and Ravel. His most recent solo release with Yarlung includes works by Schumann, Dun, Chopin, Scarlatti, and Mozart, and was praised as “an overall favourite” of the 2007 piano albums reviewed by James Harrington in the American Record Guide. He has recorded the complete violin and piano works of American composer, Lawrence Dillon, with violinist, Danielle Belen, which was released in 2011 on the NAXOS label. His album with Canadian „cellist, Elinor Frey, “Dialoghi”, can be heard on Linn Records.
Mr Fung has been featured in many radio and television programs by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television and Radio (ABC), Sydney‟s Special Broadcasting Services Television and Radio (SBS), the UK‟s BBC 3, Radio Scotland, Aspen‟s KAJX, Los Angeles‟ K-Mozart and K-USC, the “Music of Friends” series with the Radio and Television Hong Kong (RTHK4), the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Israel‟s “Voice of Music” radio station, MEZZO (Europe), and Cleveland‟s WCLV. Mr Fung‟s fascination with other art forms has led him to explore relationships between visual art and music with audiences. He has presented music in tandem with exhibitions at numerous galleries and art spaces, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
A champion of contemporary music, Mr Fung has premiered and recorded numerous new works of living composers, and has also performed with contemporary music ensembles such as eighth blackbird and New Music New Haven. A strong communicator, and an advocate for music education, Mr Fung presents a series of master classes and lecture-recitals at the Galleria Nazionale della Puglia in Italy, among others in the United States and Australia. In 2010, his lectures in Italy featured Schubert‟s keyboard works, and the period practice of Mozart. Mr Fung is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Yale University. Mr Fung is a Steinway Artist.
David will be back in Australia to perform with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, some solo recitals in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne during ther period of the 10-30th March, 2011. In the past 5 months he has returned from 3 concerts with the Israel Camerata Orchestra in Tel Aviv, performing a cycle of Mozart Concertos with them, and performed a 12 concert tour of chamber music in the San Francisco Bay area with Music@Menlo. He also performed solo recitals in Spain, Italy, France and Brazil. Along with lectures and masterclasses at a National Piano Mastercourse in Italy, at the National Gallery of the Arts in Bitonto, Puglia.
Extract from Alumni of Australian Science Innovations.
Since 1987, 260 young Australians have travelled internationally to compete in the Biology, Chemistry or Physics Olympiads. What did the experience mean to them? How did it influence their studies and their subsequent careers? Where are they now? Liz New says her favourite time at the Olympiads was the closing ceremony. “No-one knows who’s going to win a medal, and that adds to the excitement. The whole Australian team would be celebrating together with each medal, but we’d also be thrilled for our new-found friends from other countries.” She said.
She has great memories of the Olympiads. The exams were over in a few days, and the rest of the time was spent in cultural activities, and getting to know students from other countries. “I remember late-night card games with twenty students packed into one room. As the only girl in each of my teams, I was placed in a room with a girl from another country. I am still close friends with one girl from the Danish team in India – we have visited each other’s families, and shared the trials and tribulations of PhD life with each other.” She went on to study Advanced Science at the University of Sydney, and during that time she was a staff member for the ASI. “It meant so much to me to represent Australia at the Olympiad, and then to do it all again as a staff member. I learnt so much more than just chemistry through the whole experience, and I have no doubt that I would not be where I am today without the Olympiads,” she said. Liz finished her PhD in chemistry at Durham University last year, and now she’s at UC Berkeley on an 1851 Postdoctoral Fellowship, developing tools to study metals in the brain.
“I think the international side of science is of particular significance to Australia, which can feel relatively isolated. The opportunity to interact with other countries through conferences, exchange programs and of course the Olympiad, is perhaps even more significant for Australians,” she said. “The International Chemistry Olympiad is an excellent example of how each country has its own problems and unique solutions. But it’s also a demonstration of how much scientists around the world share. “It’s amazing how a group of chemically-minded high school students from vastly different backgrounds have so much in common, and form quick and fast friendships.”
So what is the next step? “I’d like to work in academia, hopefully in Australia. I really love both teaching and research. I’d like to continue to the research in the area of chemical biology, building chemical tools to understand biological systems.” She said. Taking the Australian team to the Olympiad four years after she was a student meant that her own experiences were still fresh. “So I was able to give them good advice, like going to bed early the night before their exams! But I hope as staff we were able to stress the importance of making the most of the amazing opportunity the Olympiads offers; to experience a different culture, to make lasting friendships and to see how the world of science is so much bigger than a high school classroom,” she said.
Following celebrated concerts with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, David won the International Klaviersommer Festival Competition in Germany in 2004. And after also capturing the festival’s People’s Choice Award, David quickly became a young artist in demand around the world.
David left Sydney two years ago, to pursue his concert career and to continue his studies with his teacher, John Perry. To do so, David withdrew from his second year in Medical School. Yarlung Records recorded this American Debut Album, “the piano: A journey from Hubris to Humility”, in advance of his 2005 world concert tour.
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I completed the HSC at James Ruse in 2001, and moved to Canberra to undertake a Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. This degree was composed of two years academic study at the Academy, followed by two years of pilot training. Upon finishing the academic side, I moved to Tamworth and was posted to the Australian Defence Force’s Basic Flying Training School flying the CT4; a basic training aircraft, for 8 months. Upon successful completion of basic flying training, I was posted to Number 2 Flying Training School in Perth, where I completed the RAAF Advanced Pilot Training course in November of this year, flying the Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft. Successful completion of this course meant that I had earnt my “wings”, my degree, and a commission in the Royal Australian Air Force as a “Pilot Officer”. Three days after graduation I was posted to 79 Squadron, also in Perth, to begin Lead In Fighter conversion to the British Aerospace Hawk, where I am presently. Future career prospects will most likely result in me living in either Newcastle or Brisbane, flying the F/A-18 or F-111 aircraft respectively.
Chris Baker (2001)
Twenty-year-old Australian pianist David Fung has already established himself as a intellectual and dynamic musician, and was recently described by Andras Schiff as “one of the most inspiring young interpreters of music”. David has won prizes in the 2003 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the 2002 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, and the Premier’s Award. David has previously appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Queensland Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony, the China National Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa of Japan, and the Singapore Symphony.
David has been broadcast on ABC television, ABC Classic FM, KAJX 91.5-FM, K-Mozart, 2MBS-FM, 4MBS-FM, and SBS Television and Radio. He has recently performed in master classes with Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Joseph Kalichstein, John Lill, Heinz Medjimorec, Herbert Stessin, the Eroica Trio, the Raphael Trio, and the distinguished Australian composers, Carl Vine and Peter Sculthorpe. David is a recording artist for the ABC Classics label.
He is also one of forty selected from over 700 applicants to participate in one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world: The 2004 Scottish International Piano Competition, Glasgow. September 8th – 18th. First prize of $30,000.
Currently attending the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles. The first AND only pianist to be accepted from the worldwide auditions to study at the school with Professor John Perry. All successful applicants study on a scholarship valued at $75 000 per year, making this school the only one of its kind.
David received a UAI of 100 in 2001, and began studying medicine on a Scholarship at the University of New South Wales, 2002.
Stephen recently acted in a production entitled “Oedipus, the Infernal Machine” by Jean Cocteau at the Downstairs Belvoir Street Theatre. The play ran from February 17th to March 7th to very appreciative audiences, including about 20 current pupils from Ruse. Stephen showed great talent in his portrayal of the old wise man, Tireisias, convincingly aided by a shaved head with an unattractive combover that added to his hesitant walk and old man’s wheeze.
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