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Internationally Acclaimed Pianist, David Fung, Returns Home to Perform with the Australia Ensemble UNSW

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Pianist David Fung. Photo credit: Neda Navaee for Genuin Classics

13 May 2024

Sydney, Australia


David Fung joins the Australia Ensemble UNSW to perform Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498, and Schumann’s Piano Quartet, Op. 47 this Saturday 18 May 2024 at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW, for his first performance at home in Australia since 2019.


Fung was last on the UNSW campus when he studied medicine there. He traded medicine for music after winning the ABC Young Performer Award in 2002 and now keeps a busy international performance schedule.


Mozart is a particular fascination of Fung’s. As a young pianist, Fung’s teachers urged him to study and learn Mozart’s music but made it clear that he was never to play Mozart publicly. He’s since performed all of Mozart’s sonatas and concertos in concert and is currently recording these works.


Fung said:

"Performing Mozart’s Kegelstatt trio is always a joy. The instrumentation is singular, where the timbre of the viola and clarinet create a distinctive colour with the piano. A jewel of the chamber music repertoire, the Kegelstatt features an operatic and virtuosic finale which draws from Mozart's piano concerti. The heart of Schumann’s Piano Quartet is an achingly expressive slow movement. Its soaring melody is passed from one player to the next, and the central chorale brings us into a dream state. The quartet concludes with a triumphant and exuberant finale.”


Later this year Fung will join the prestigious faculty at legendary international music conservatory, Manhattan School of Music (MSM), alongside renowned soloists, Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, and Olga Kern. Fung is the first Australian to be appointed to the performance faculty at MSM.




David Fung is in Sydney and available for interviews 15–17 May.


Concert Details

Date: Saturday 18 May

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales

Tickets: Available at


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)


About David Fung

Born and raised in Sydney, pianist David Fung now makes his home in Vancouver and New York City. He regularly performs with the world’s premier ensembles, appearing recently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, collaborating with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, and Stanislav Kochanovsky. Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous performances” (The Washington Post), Fung is widely recognised for interpretations that are elegant, refined, and uncommonly expressive.


Fung is a curator at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts in Vancouver and is a Steinway Artist.


About the Australia Ensemble UNSW

The Australia Ensemble UNSW is a professional chamber music ensemble, resident at the University of New South Wales. Founded in 1980, the Australia Ensemble is committed to the development of new Australian music and has commissioned more than 50 works by leading composers.


The Australia Ensemble regularly engages prominent guest artists, enabling the presentation of unusual and varied instrumental groupings, in addition to traditional chamber music repertoire.




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+61 415 363 888


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