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Concert pianist David Fung to make Franco Center debut on Feb. 15
LEWISTON — Concert artist David Fung will make his Piano Series debut at the Franco Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The program will feature works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and Schubert.
An official Steinway artist, Fung, 30, is widely recognized for playing that is elegant and refined, yet deeply poetic and intensely expressive. His performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 5 at Weill Recital Hall in New York was described in December 2011 as “stylish and articulate” by the New York Times.
A native of Australia, he has appeared internationally as a guest soloist with orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Xiamen Philharmonic.
His Franco Center debut comes just one week following his performance with the San Francisco Symphony in the West Coast premiere of Chen Qigang’s Piano Concerto “Er Huang,” with guest conductor Lan Shui leading the orchestra’s traditional Chinese New Year celebration.
Recognized for his keyboard talents at an early age – he received the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award as a teenager in 2002 – he first embarked on medical studies at the University of New South Wales before deciding to move to California to study piano with John Perry at the Colburn Conservatory, becoming the first pianist to graduate from that new school.