Shanghai-born American pianist Richard Fu is an aspiring recitalist with an affinity for vocal and string repertoire and a developing 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 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, and concerto performances with the Oxford University Philharmonia, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra.
Despite his enjoyment of the solo repertoire, Richard most enjoys performing with others. He played Stravinsky’s Septet as part of RCM’s collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals Festival, as well as Steve Reich’s Double Sextet during the composer’s residency at RCM. Recent performances include recitals in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, WQXR radio, Sheldonian Theatre, Holywell Music Room, and St. John’s Smith Square. He has worked in masterclass and coaching with Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Antonio Pappano, Thomas Adès, Maxim Vengerov, Martin Fröst, and others.
This past season, Richard performed recitals with cellist Zlatomir Fung and a 30+ concert tour across America with violinist Timothy Chooi. He participated again in Renée Fleming’s Songstudio at Carnegie Hall, and will study Mahler Lied with Thomas Hampson at Royaumont Fondation in France. Richard enjoys music festivals and 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.
Richard is deeply indebted to his many teachers and grateful for how they have shaped him as a person. In approximate chronological order, his primary teachers include: Wei Fugen, Hong Teng, Steve Swayne, Sally Pinkas, Victor Rosenbaum, Carolyn Hague, Andrew Ball, Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Lydia Brown, Brian Zeger, Julius Drake, and many other unofficial mentors who have been immensely helpful and generously supportive.