Recognized as one of Musical America’s 30 Innovators of the Year, Adrian Fung is an award-winning cellist, educator, and arts executive. In addition to his duties as the Executive Artistic Director of Music In The Morning and Summer Music Vancouver, Adrian is Associate Dean and a professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. Working in collaboration with the Price College of Business, Adrian’s activities include teaching arts and business entrepreneurship, as well as the creation of a new graduate program in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship and an innovative Arts Incubation Lab.
As the founding cellist of the critically acclaimed Afiara Quartet, Adrian is a winner of the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Young Canadian Musicians Award, 2nd prizes at the Munich ARD and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and the Szekely Prize for Best Interpretation of Beethoven. A JUNO-nominated artist and producer, his projects have been featured by Forbes and CBC Music in each of their Top 10 Albums of the Year and praised by Toronto Star as “one of the most attention-grabbing shows of the year.” As a soloist, he has been critically acclaimed for his “virtuosic” playing (San Francisco Classical Voice), his “superb” and “brilliant” performance (New York Concert Review), and as a “consummate interpreter of the composer’s message” (Ontario Arts Review). As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others, and in recital at Carnegie Hall and Taiwan’s National Concert Hall.
Adrian recently served as Vice President for Innovation at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where he led the TSO’s activities in artistic, social, and economic innovation. His work included leading a $10-million budget which saw the launch of a year-long, nationwide Signature Initiative Project reaching an audience of over 14.5 million via 50 orchestral commissions and over 40 partner orchestras nationwide. He also created a new multi-camera e-learning platform with self-directed angle toggling, bringing to life over 20 live, full-orchestra video and audio recordings.
He earned a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Adrian plays on a cello made in 1787 by Benjamin Banks, on lifetime loan to him from an anonymous donor.
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