The Anchorage Chamber Music Festival enters its seventh season this week with concerts taking place in various homes around Anchorage and the Recital Hall at the UAA Fine Arts Building.
“Chamber music, a conversation between friends, is experienced how it began originally: in the comforts of an intimate living room,” says Christine Harada Li, the event’s creator. “Every summer now for the past seven years, music has brought world-class artists and students from across the globe and the Anchorage community together.”
This year’s guest musicians include pianist David Fung, who will perform house concerts July 24-25 and the UAA Fine Arts Building on July 27.
Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Fung appears regularly with the world’s premier ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the major orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
In July 2016, Mr. Fung’s highly acclaimed debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival was “everything you could wish for” (Cleveland Classical), and he was further praised as an “agile and alert interpreter of Mozart’s crystalline note-spinning” (The Plain Dealer). In the following week, he performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Beijing National Stadium for their Olympic Summer Festival. This season, he has solo recital debuts at the Brussels Piano Festival and the Kennedy Center, presented by Washington Performing Arts, and performances with Orpheus, the Albany Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Israel Camerata, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Marin Symphony, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and the Vallejo Symphony. He performs for the first time at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and the Yeosu International Music Festival in Korea, and he returns to Ravinia Festival and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers this season.
Fung garnered international attention as a winner in two of the “top five” international piano competitions (the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv). In Tel Aviv, he was further distinguished by the Chamber Music and Mozart Prizes, awarded in areas in which Mr. Fung has a particularly passionate interest. Fung is the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and is a Steinway Artist.
Another headliner in town this week is Taiwanese-American violinist Richard Lin, the newly crowned Gold Medalist of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis which took place in September of 2018. In addition to the Gold Medal, Richard captured three Special Prizes for his performances of Milstein’s Paganiniana in the Preliminaries, Kreisler’s Tambourin chinois in the Classical Finals and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in the Finals.
Lin has collaborated with numerous orchestras and performed at celebrated concert venues throughout the world, including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under conductor Norichika Iimori at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Other orchestras with whom he has worked are the NDR Radiophilharmonie; Poznań, Łódź and Polish Baltic philharmonics; Shanghai and Singapore symphonies; Nagoya, Sendai, Auckland and Oklahoma City philharmonics; Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Taiwan Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Polish Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia among others.
Lin released his first album on the Fontec label in 2013 featuring works for violin and orchestra by Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms performed with the Sendai Philharmonic and conductor Pascal Verrot. The following year, he released the complete Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin with his brother, pianist Robert Lin.
Richard has amassed a startling collection of top prizes at major international competitions including 1st Prize at the Sendai International Violin Competition; 3rd Prize in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover; 2nd Prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition; and 2nd Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Born in Phoenix and raised in Taiwan, Richard began his violin studies at the age of four. He gave his public debut at age of eleven performing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Richard graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School where he studied with Aaron Rosand and Lewis Kaplan respectively.