David Fray was born in 1981 and began playing the piano at 4 years old. He studied with Jacques Rouvier at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and graduated with top honours.
David Fray has received numerous prizes and awards including a prize and a grant by the Banque Populaire, the Diploma of Outstanding Merit at the Fifth International Hamamatsu Competition in Japan; the Jeune soliste de l’année (Young Soloist of the Year) award, the most important prize awarded by the Commission des radios publiques de langue française; the Feydeau de Brou Saint Paul grant and the Révélation classique (Classical discovery) prize from ADAMI. At the 2004 Montreal International Music Competition, David Fray received both the Second Grand Prize, and the Prize for the best interpretation of an imposed Canadian work. As a direct reward for his success in this competition, ATMA Classique released his first CD (Liszt and Schubert). In 2008 he was named Newcomer of the Year by the BBC Music Magazine.
David Fray gave numerous recitals in Europe, America and Asia, in the most prestigious halls : New York Carnegie Hall, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Place des Arts in Montréal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Alti Hall in Kyoto, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, as well as in festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Colmar, Saint-Denis, Bad Kissingen, Ruhr, Rheingau.
David Fray has been supported by artists such as Dimitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Christoph Eschenbach, and Pierre Boulez. Under his recommendation, David Fray received in Germany the prize for young talents of “Klavier Festival Ruhr” where he played in Summer 2006. Christoph Eschenbach invited him at the 10th Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw to play Bach Concertos with him, Robert Levine and Ya-Fei Chuang.
He performed with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester, the Jerusalem Symphony, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston Symphony, NHK, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, New-York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Rome Santa Cecilia Orchestra , etc...
David Fray collaborates with world-renowned conductors such as Marin Alsop, John Axelrod, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrew Davis, Paavo Jarvi, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Sanderling, Jaap van Zweden.
Recently, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées presented a Bach cycle with David Fray performing the concerti for two, three and four pianos, Sonatas with Renaud Capuçon and Goldberg Variations.
His first recording as an Erato exclusive artist was devoted to Bach and Boulez and won him great critical acclaim (Newcomer of the Year 2008 by BBC Music Magazine, Best recording / Echo Preis 2008), as well as his recording of Bach Concertos with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (with a DVD by Bruno Monsaingeon.) Subsequently released are a Schubert recital, Mozart concertos with the Philharmonia and Jaap van Zweden and a Bach recital disc (Partitas Nos. 2 and 6 and the Toccata in C minor) and a Schubert recital (Fantasy). In 2017, David Fray released a CD of selected Chopin piano works which was followed by his first public performances of the composer’s music. Latest release: Bach's Violin and Keyboard Sonatas with violinist Renaud Capuçon.
Bach - Toccata - Partitas
Mozart - Pianos Concertos
Schubert - Moments Musicaux - Impromptus
Bach - Keyboard Concertos
Bach - Boulez