Adrian Fung was born Burlington, Ontario and grew up in Oakville. He is the son of a pianist mother and an actuary father. Musically, Fung grew up loving both his cello and hip hop. It was those two creative outlets that saved him emotionally in his teenage years, after his father passed away. Fung’s experiences playing cello in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra propelled him to studies at McGill University with Antonio Lysy. Fung then went on to the San Francisco Conservatory and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.
Fung is the founding cellist of the Afiara String Quartet. So far, they’re best known for winning prizes at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, including the Szekely Prize for Best Interpretation of Beethoven. That was a particular thrill for Fung because Beethoven is his favourite composer. Since then, the Afiara Quartet has toured internationally, with notable performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Centre, Lincoln Centre, and Wigmore Hall.
But Fung is also building an impressive career as an arts executive. He is currently Vice President for Innovation at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts. Fung has an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and was featured in Fortune magazine’s Best and Brightest Executive MBAs in the Class of 2016. His passion for “the intersection of the arts, different cultures and technology,” moved him to produce the Afiara Quartet’s ground-breaking, Juno-nominated CD, Spin Cycle. One of the pieces recorded on the album won the composer Dinuk Wijeratne, a Juno Award for “Best Classical Composition.”
On this edition of This Is My Music, Fung shares the music that inspires him and the stories behind his selections.
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Adrian Fung shares his favourite music on This Is My Music