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David Fray

David Fray was born in 1981 and began the piano when he was 4 years old. He worked 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).

David Fray gave numerous recitals in Europe, America and Asia, in the most prestigious halls : New York Carnegie Hall, Cité de la Musique, 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 under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach and John Axelrod, the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur in Paris, Vienna, Germany and the USA, the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris under Andrew Davis, 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, New-York Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, London Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rome Santa Cecilia Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov as well as in tour with Riccardo Muti in Italy and with Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, again with Riccardo Muti. He will soon play with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston Symphony, and the NHK in Tokyo.

This season, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées presents a Bach cycle with David Fray performing the concerti for two, three and four pianos, Sonatas with Renaud Capuçon and Goldberg Variations. Mr. Fray returns to North America with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He gives recitals in Amsterdam, Budapest, Dresden, Milan, Istanbul and tours South Korea and Russia. He partners again with the violinist Renaud Capuçon for a series of duo recitals throughout Europe. Orchestral collaborations include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony and play-directing the Casa da Musica Orchestra in Porto. In recent seasons, Mr. Fray toured Asia with the Dresden Philharmonic and Michael Sanderling, debuted with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and in recital at the Prague Spring Festival. Last summer, he was a guest artist at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where he taught a series of masterclasses in addition to playing a recital.

His first recording as a 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, most recently a Bach recital disc (Partitas Nos. 2 and 6 and the Toccata in C minor) and a Schubert recital (Fantasy). In 2017, Mr. Fray released a CD of selected Chopin piano works which was followed by his first public performances of the composer’s music.

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