Shanghai-born American pianist Richard Fu is an aspiring recitalist with an affinity for vocal and string repertoire and a growing interest in opera and new music. Though he had wanted to become a lawyer growing up and began as a political science major at Dartmouth, Richard fell in love with classical music while studying abroad in Vienna and changed focus to music midway. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, University of Oxford, the Juilliard School, and Kunstuniversität Graz where he currently studies with Julius Drake.
At Dartmouth, Richard received the Mark L. Lebowitz 1977 Memorial Prize for outstanding undergraduate music student, Macdonald-Smith Prize for high achievement in musical performances, and first prize in the Gerald A. Tracy Memorial Scholarship Piano Competition. Other solo distinctions include second prizes at Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and RCM’s Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition, as well as concerto performances with the Oxford University Philharmonia, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra.
Despite his enjoyment of the solo repertoire, Richard is most comfortable collaborating with others. Recent performances include duo recitals in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, WQXR radio, Sheldonian Theatre, Holywell Music Room, and St. John’s Smith Square. After graduating from Juilliard, Richard performed 30 concerts on tour across America with violinist Timothy Chooi. He also played Stravinsky’s Septet as part of RCM’s collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals Festival, Steve Reich’s Double Sextet during the composer’s residency at RCM, and keyboard parts under the batons of Thomas Adès and Alan Gilbert.
During the summers, Richard enjoys attending music festivals and young artist programs. He participated twice in Renée Fleming’s Songstudio at Carnegie Hall and studied Mahler Lieder with Thomas Hampson at Royaumont Fondation in France. Richard has received fellowships from Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Aspen Music Festival, Songfest, and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. He has worked in masterclass with Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maxim Vengerov, and others.
In the 2021-22 season, Richard joins the Wiener Staatsoper Opernstudio as a pianist in the young artist program. He will also perform a recital tour in Italy with cellist Zlatomir Fung. Richard is deeply indebted to his family, teachers, and colleagues for how they have shaped him as a person and musician.