The VSO Jean Coulthard Readings & Mentorship Program is collaborating with the VSO School of Music International Master Teachers Program to open one of our Guest Composer Seminars to the public!
As a part of the expanded program, the participating composers will receive the opportunity to attend seminars and masterclasses with Guest Composers whose works will be performed by the VSO this season. We are thrilled to open Vivian Fung’s seminar and masterclass to the public, to attend either via livestream or in-person at the VSO School of Music.
NPR describes JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung as “one of today’s most eclectic composers”.
Upcoming performances of Fung’s work include the world premieres of her expanded Flute Concerto, commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and performed by VSO Principal Flutist Christie Reside; a new orchestral work for Houston-based ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra); and a short piano work based on Ligeti’s Etudes, to be performed by Han Chen, part of the commissioning project “Ligeti Etudes meets 18 Composers,” celebrating the composer’s centenary in 2023; plus the European premieres of Baroque Melting with Berner Symphonieorchester, conducted by Gemma New, and Prayer, presented by the Argovia Philharmonic, both in Switzerland.
Recent seasons featured world premieres by the Edmonton Opera, Mary Bowden and Shenandoah Conservatory (Apéritif), Tangram Collective (Sparks), Ensemble for These Times, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Christie Reside (Storm Within), American String Quartet (String Quartet No. 4: Insects and Machines), and Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Virtual Orchestra (Prayer).
In 2012, Naxos Canadian Classics released a recording of Fung’s Violin Concerto No.1, commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble, which earned Fung the 2013 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Fung received her doctorate from The Juilliard School. She lives in California with her family.