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Shanghai-born American pianist Richard Fu is currently a member of the Wiener Staatsoper Opernstudio and an aspiring recitalist with affinity for Lieder and chamber music. Though he had wanted to become a lawyer growing up and began as a political science major at Dartmouth College, Richard fell in love with classical music while studying abroad in Vienna and changed focus to music, continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music in London, University of Oxford, the Juilliard School, and Lied accompaniment with Julius Drake in Graz.


Richard began his performing career by playing 30 concerts on tour across America with violinist Timothy Chooi. Richard collaborates frequently with cellist Zlatomir Fung, with whom he has toured Italy and performed across Europe and America. Together, they recently recorded their debut album featuring opera transcriptions for cello and piano. Other recent performances have taken Richard to Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, WQXR radio, and Teatro della Pergola. At Wiener Staatsoper, Richard played rehearsals and orchestral keyboards for La traviata, Tosca, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette, and The Tempest, with singers such as Lisette Oropesa, Juan Diego Flórez, Piotr Beczała, Erwin Schrott, Ludovic Tézier, and conductors including Bertrand de Billy, Pier Giorgio Morandi, and Thomas Adès.


During the summers, Richard enjoys attending music festivals and young artist programs. He has received fellowships from Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. He has participated in Riccardo Muti’s Italian Opera Academy, Renée Fleming’s Songstudio at Carnegie Hall, Thomas Hampson’s Mahler Lieder course at Royaumont Fondation, and worked in masterclasses with Antonio Pappano, Franz Welser-Möst, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Maxim Vengerov.


In the 2024-25 season, Richard joins the music staff at Royal Opera House in London as a member of the Jette Parker Artists Programme.


Richard is deeply indebted to his family, teachers, and colleagues for how they have shaped him as a person and musician.

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