JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung has distinguished herself as a composer with a powerful compositional voice, whose music often merges Western forms with non-Western influences such as Balinese and Javanese gamelan and folk songs from minority regions of China. In 2012, Naxos Canadian Classics released the world premiere recording of Ms. Fung’s Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto “Dreamscapes,” and Glimpses for prepared piano, with Metropolis Ensemble conducted by Andrew Cyr, featuring violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Conor Hanick. Violin Concerto earned Ms. Fung a 2013 JUNO Award for “Classical Composition of the Year.” Several of Ms. Fung’s works have also been released commercially on the Telarc, Çedille, and Signpost labels.
New commissions for the 2013-14 season include String Quartet No. 3 for the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition; a new work for Wallace Halladay, saxophone, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band in Toronto; a harp concerto for Bridget Kibbey and a consortium of orchestras including Alabama Symphony, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in Germany, Metropolis Ensemble in NY, the Phillips Collection in DC, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra; and a new work for Kristin Lee, violin, and Jason Vieaux, guitar. Performance highlights for this upcoming season include performances of Aqua during the Toronto Symphony’s tour of Eastern Canada; and performances of Violin Concerto by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and violinist Kristin Lee.
Ms. Fung has received numerous awards and grants, including the 2012 Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory Millard Fellowship, ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, MAP Fund, Music Alive!, and the League of American Orchestras, American Composers’ Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been composer-in-residence of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Loft chamber music series in Chicago, the San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Billings Symphony. Vivian Fung also completed residencies at the MacDowell, Yaddo, and Banff arts colonies, as well as residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Ms. Fung is also an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Ms. Fung began composition studies with composer Violet Archer and later studied with Narcis Bonet in Paris, France. She received her doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York, where her mentors included David Diamond and Robert Beaser.