David Fray

This season David Fray presents a Bach cycle with the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, performing the concertos for two, three, and four pianos; sonatas with violinist Renaud Capuçon; and the Goldberg Variations. Recital appearances include engagements in Amsterdam, Budapest, Dresden, Milan, and Istanbul; tours of South Korea and Russia; and a series of duo recitals throughout Europe with Renaud Capuçon. Orchestral collaborations include performances in North America with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra; in Europe with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Vienna Radio Symphony; and an appearance play-directing the Casa da Musica Orchestra in Porto.

In recent seasons, Mr. Fray toured Asia with the Dresden Philharmonic, and made his debuts with the Vancouver Symphony and in recital at the Prague Spring Festival. Last summer, he was a guest artist at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, where he taught a series of masterclasses in addition to playing a recital.

In 2017, Mr. Fray released a CD of selected Chopin piano works, which was followed by his first public performances of the composer’s music. His disc Fantaisie, an album of Schubert’s late piano works, was named Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Mr. Fray records exclusively for Erato/Warner Classics and has released acclaimed recordings of works by J.S. Bach and Boulez. His second release, a recording of Bach keyboard concertos with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, was recognized by the German Recording Academy. An album with Schubert’s Moments musicaux and Impromptus followed. His other releases include Mozart piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden and Bach’s Partitas Nos. 2 and 6 along with the Toccata in C minor. In 2008 the TV network ARTE +7 presented a documentary on Mr. Fray directed by French director Bruno Monsaingeon. The film Sing, Swing & Think was subsequently released on DVD.

Mr. Fray is the recipient of multiple awards including the German ECHO Klassik Prize for Instrumentalist of the Year and the Young Talent Award from the Ruhr Piano Festival. In 2008 he was named Newcomer of the Year by BBC Music Magazine. At the 2004 Montreal International Music Competition, he received both the second grand prize and the prize for the best interpretation of a Canadian work.

Mr. Fray started taking piano lessons at age four. He furthered his studies with Jacques Rouvier, who is also featured on his latest Schubert album, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2010.

(June 2019)