Meet The Performers

David Fray

French pianist David Fray is inarguably one of France's musical revelations of today not only because of his impressive musicality and technique but also because of his inventive and sensitive interpretations. Mr. Fray is the recipient of the "Victoires de la Musique 2010" and the Jury Award: "Newcomer of the Year 2008" from BBC Music Magazine for his Bach/Boulez CD. The German Recording Academy has awarded David Fray for the second time with an ECHO Classic 2009 in the category "Instrumentalist of the Year – Piano" for his "swinging" interpretation of Bach concerti with the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

A frequent soloist with the leading orchestras of today, David Fray has collaborated with many distinguished conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap van Zweden, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Axelrod and Daniele Gatti among many others. An active recitalist, Mr. Fray appeared on numerous occasions in Europe, America and Asia, in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the world such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Auditorium du Louvre and the Cité de la Musique in Paris; the Victoria Hall in Geneva; the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona; the Palace of Arts in Montréal; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Alti Hall in Kyoto; the Philharmonie in Essen; the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Wigmore Hall in London and the Musikverein in Vienna among many others.

David Fray made his United States debut in the summer of 2009 with the Cleveland Orchestra. Subsequently he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. In July and August 2010 he will perform at the Hollywood Bowl with Los Angeles Philharmonic and at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City and in November 2010 he will make his Carnegie Hall recital debut.

David Fray has received numerous prizes and awards such as the prize of the Banque Populaire together with a study grant, the Diploma for Outstanding Merit at the Fifth International Hamamatsu Competition in Japan; the "Young Soloist of the Year Award" (Jeune soliste de l'année), the highest prize awarded by the Commission of French speaking public radio stations; the Feydeau de Brou Saint Paul grant and the "Classical Discovery Prize" (Révélation classique) from ADAMI. In 2004 at the Montreal International Music Competition, David Fray took both the Second Grand Prize, and the Prize for Best Interpretation of a work by a Canadian composer. As a result, the record label ATMA Classique released his first CD of works by Liszt and Schubert.

David Fray started taking piano lessons at the early age of four. He furthered his studies with Jacques Rouvier at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris where he graduated with the highest honours. Distinguished and established artists such as Dimitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Christoph Eschenbach and Pierre Boulez have nurtured and supported David Fray.

Since 2007 an exclusive Virgin Classics artist, David Fray devoted his first recording, released in May 2007 to Bach and Boulez. The newspapers "Le Soir" in Belgium and the "London Times" in England praised it as "best record of the year". David's second album with a program this time comprising four keyboard concertos by Bach – concertos which, together with the famous Brandenburg Concertos, are among Bach's most popular and stimulating works, recorded with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was released to critical acclaim in 2008. His third recording was dedicated to Schubert's "Moments Musicaux" and "Impromptus and was released in 2009. An excerpt from his recital of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy at the Festival of La Roque d'Anthéron in France was released on DVD on the Ideale Audience label. In December 2008 the German/French TV network ARTE +7 presented an hour long documentary about David Fray, directed by renowned French director, Bruno Monsaingeon "David Fray records Johann Sebastian Bach". Subsequently, the film was released on DVD with a bonus performance of the three concertos.

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