David Fray (piano), France

Main program
15 June 2018Friday
Philharmonic Hall

1st part:
Bach Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
2nd part:
Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

David Fray is a worldwide star of piano art. He gained the international recognition in 2008 for his thrilling performance of Bach pieces. By the press David Fray is described as a “poet” and “perhaps the most inspired, certainly the most original Bach player of his generation”.

David Fray started taking piano lessons at the age of four. He furthered his studies with Jacques Rouvier at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. In the late 90s and early 2000 he received multiple awards as a young performer.

He was accompanied the Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerische Rundfunk, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester, Salzburg Mozarteum, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris. He collaborated under distinguished conductors under distinguished conductors such as Marin Alsop, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi , Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jaap van Zweden.

David Fray made his US debut in 2009 with the Cleveland Orchestra which was followed by performances with the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recital debuts followed in Carnegie Hall, at the Mostly Mozart Festival and in New York and the Chicago Symphony Hall.

In the 16/17 season Fray accompanied by the Dresden Philharmonic under Michael Sanderling conduction, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra and RAI National Symphony. His recital tour takes him to Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Vienna Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Stuttgart and Lyon.

Mr. Fray records exclusively for Erato/Warner Classics. His first album with works of Bach and Boulez was praised as the “best record of the year” by the London Times and Le Soir. Mr. Fray’s second release, a recording of Bach keyboard concerti with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was awarded by the German Recording Academy. The "Fantaisie" album of Schubert's late piano works, was named Gramophone Editor's Choice and has been called “one of the most appealing listening experiences of present times” and “exceptionally thoughtful and touching.” In 2017 Fray released a disk of selected Chopin pieces. 

David Fray holds multiple awards including the prestigious 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 the BBC Music Magazine. At the 2004 Montreal International Music Competition, he received the Prize for the best interpretation.