Increasingly sought-after as a musical partner, pianist Daniel Fung is rapidly establishing himself as one of his generation’s most versatile and active collaborative pianists.
He is in demand as a vocal pianist, coach, chamber musician, and has performed throughout his native Canada, the United States, France, Italy, and Austria. His performances have taken him to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Winspear Centre, and Jay Sharp Theater. As a soloist, he has given solo recitals and performed concertos with the Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. His passion for vocal accompanying has led to participating in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, and on live-streamed masterclasses from Juilliard with Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Patricia Racette, and Eric Owens. He was selected for Juilliard’s Vocal Arts Honors Recital with soprano Julia Bullock in 2013 and, unprecedented in the Honors Recital history, partnered with both of the winning singers, bass Önay Köse and baritone Emmett O’Hanlon, in 2014. Equally experienced in instrumental repertoire, in 2015 Daniel Fung completed a five-city tour with clarinetist Wesley Ferreira and frequently performs with many instrumentalists including flutist Stephanie Kwak and cellist Julian Schwarz.
Recent performances include a recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell for the Schastey Piano Series and an aria showcase of Mozart and Salieri at the Morgan Library presented by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. In the upcoming 2016-17 season, Daniel Fung will partner in recital with tenor Samuel Levine in Boston as well as soprano Marie Marquis (winner of the Joy in Singing Debut Artists Competition) in Merkin Hall in November 2016. He will return to The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD production team in December 2016 as score consultant for Nabucco conducted by Maestro James Levine. Daniel previously worked on Tannhäuser in 2015 also conducted by Maestro Levine.
Daniel Fung holds degrees in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School and in solo piano performance from the University of Calgary. His teachers have included Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Marilyn Engle. Fung is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Georg Solti Accademia Peretti Répétiteurs Masterclasses in Venice, Italy, and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. He has served as music staff at Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s, Newfoundland and at “Si parla, si canta” in Urbania, Italy. Additionally, he has worked on numerous productions for Juilliard Opera and as audition pianist for the Aspen Opera Center, Oratorio Society of New York, The Juilliard School, and the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
As a passionate believer in outreach and education, Daniel has worked with the Juilliard Drama Intensive in Ephraim, Utah, “Joye in Aiken” (formerly “Juilliard in Aiken”), and is a Gluck Community Service Fellow. He also worked in the Juilliard Residence Hall as a Resident Assistant and later as an Assistant Resident Coordinator. Upon the completion of his master’s degree in collaborative piano, Daniel Fung received The Juilliard School’s William Schuman Prize, presented to a graduate student for outstanding achievement and leadership in music.
His studies have been generously funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Alberta Scholarship Programs. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys traveling the world as well as seeking out and preparing new cuisines.