Salon Series: Violinist Francisco Fullana and Pianist David Fung

Photos left to right: Francisco Fullana by Felix Broede; David Fung by Roger Mastroianni

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s concert program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents violinist Francisco Fullana and pianist David Fung.

Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has received international praise as a "rising star" (BBC Music Magazine), an "amazing talent" (maestro Gustavo Dudamel) and "a paragon of delicacy" (San Francisco’s Classical Voice). His 2016 recital debut at Carnegie Hall was noted for his “joy and playfulness in collaboration; it was perfection” (New York Classical Review). 

Born into a family of educators, Francisco first studied with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca, later graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he matriculated under the tutelage of Manuel Guillén. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees, studying with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, and is also an Artist Diploma graduate from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he worked with the renowned violinist Midori.

Fullana was honored in 2015 with the Pro Musicis International Award, the same year also finding him awarded First Prize in the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Japan, along with all four special prizes including the Audience and Orchestra awards. He won First Prize in the 2014 Johannes Brahms International Violin Competition, in Austria, while his other awards include First Prizes at the Julio Cardona International Violin Competition and the Pablo Sarasate Competition.

Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances in The Washington Post, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive.  Mr. Fung appears regularly with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the major orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The program begins with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in B minor for Violin and Keyboard, composed between 1720 and 1723. Moving from the Baroque to the Classical period, the duo will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat major, K. 454. The 28-year-old Mozart composed the piece to highlight the talent of Regina Strinasacchi, a 23-year-old virtuoso violinist from Italy with whom he premiered the work in Vienna in 1784.

After a brief intermission, Fullana and Fung will play what is considered to be one of the finest sonatas for violin and piano ever written: Violin Sonata in A Major by Belgian composer César Franck. With its songlike melodies established by the familiar sensual motif of the opening bars, it is one of Franck’s best-known compositions, notable for the sheer difficulty of its piano part. The program concludes with Introduction and Tarantella Op. 43 by Spanish composer/violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. It begins with a lyrical, melancholy melody that segues into virtuosic fireworks that are sustained through the end.

Any seat not filled by 6:30 pm will be released to those on the wait list.

Other Salon Series Performances:

Pianist Niccolò Ronchi and Violinist Esther Abrami, October 12, 6 pm

Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva, October 19, 6 pm

Pianist Dominic Cheli, October 26, 6 pm

Seating is limited; advance registration is required.

Salon Series is generously supported by Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust,  Concert Artists Guild, and Pro Musicis, and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Salon Series: Violinist Francisco Fullana and Pianist David Fung
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
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$25 | $10 for Members, Children, and Students
Includes Museum admission
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