Janelle Fung

piano

“Fung, ... was supremely impressive with her ability to seemingly have her fingers float over the keys; each note seemed to waft into the air like a gentle breeze.”

— Arts & Opinion

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Biography

Canadian pianist Janelle Fung has performed in concert from coast to coast in Canada, including tours with Prairie Debut and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Winner of the “Artist of the Year” award from the BC Touring Council in 2014, her international concerts have taken her to over twenty countries on five continents. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Fung has appeared in concert with the Ying Quartet, New York Woodwind Quintet, Mark Fewer and Matt Haimovitz.

Ms. Fung has won prizes in numerous national and international competitions, including the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, the Concours OSM-Standard Life, and the Canadian Music Competition. She has been featured on radio stations nationally and internationally including CBC, Radio-Canada, Classical 96.3 FM, NPR, and Radio France.

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Pianist Janelle Fung presents “Distant Beloved” to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The program encompasses two of Beethoven’s most beloved sonatas and glimpse of his beautiful song cycle, “to the distant beloved”, as imagined by Franz Liszt, and finishes with Robert Schumann’s magnificent “Fantasie”, a work inspired by Beethoven’s distant beloved.

Heritage traces the narrative and creative arcs of Asian composers, including Unsuk Chin, Chen Yi and Alexina Louie.  This concert addresses the concept of dual identity and explores the various ways in which each composer fuses the strands of their birthright heritage and their adopted (eurocentric) musical language.  In the case of Unsuk Chin and Chen Yi, their stories of forging a distinct musical identity are inextricably linked with the fortunes of Korea and China as each country found its way onto the world stage in the second half of the 20th century.  Louie’s story, like my own, is the quintessential immigrant story of a child who lives in one culture at home and another one in public.  The resulting music is deeply personal and highly original.

“Life and love” looks at the extraordinary life and career of Clara Schumann -- acclaimed concert pianist; accomplished composer; early champion of the works of Frédéric Chopin; trusted advisor and first editor
to Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms; wife; mother; business woman. Come discover this fascinating woman through excerpts from her letters; anecdotes from the people who knew her best; and
through her music as well as that of the composers to whom she lent her prodigious talents.

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OPERA CANADA

 

“Janelle Fung’s piano accompaniment was intricate, sensitive, and orchestral.” 

—  Dawn Martens,

August 2018

ARTS & OPINION

 

“Fung, who started piano at the age of four, was supremely impressive with her ability to seemingly have her fingers float over the keys; each note seemed to waft into the air like a gentle breeze. Her romantic touch is akin to Arthur Rubinstein’s sound..” 

—  Nancy Snapper
2013

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