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With their unique programming, virtuoso pianism and captivating stage presence, The Fung-Chiu Duo has quickly become one of Canada’s premiere piano-duos. Established pianists in their own right, they have come together to present concerts that challenge the traditional boundaries of piano four-hands.

The complicity between the Fung-Chiu Duo simply has to be seen and heard to be believed. They breathe new life into orchestral masterpieces through their extraordinary arrangements for four-hands and two-pianos, where the 100 musicians of the orchestra become 20 fingers flying across the keyboard. They have effortless rapport, not just with one another, but with their enthralled audiences. Fung and Chiu break down the “fourth wall”, chatting with the audience throughout the concert, telling stories and sharing insights... and often answering a few questions about composers, life on the road, and most importantly, Montreal bagels.

The Fung-Chiu Duo has performed extensively throughout Canada, including two major tours and appearances at the Festival de Lanaudière and the Elora Festival. Their self-produced debut CD, “Fairy Tales and Folklore”, was released in 2008 to wide acclaim. Upcoming projects for their 2013-14 season include a 10-city tour of British Columbia; a series of outreach concerts for school children at the Riverrun Centre in Guelph; and the production of their first music video, to be released in conjunction with their second CD. They are thrilled and honoured to be touring for Prairie Debut during the 2014-15 season.

The Fung-Chiu Duo is committed to expanding the repertoire for piano four-hands. Their original transcriptions include Stravinsky’s Firebird, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. They also commissioned a work from Canadian composer Emily Doolittle entitled Sorex.

They have been featured on local radio stations across the country and can be heard on CBC and Radio-Canada.

The Fung-Chiu Duo is grateful to Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Canada Council for the Arts for their continued support.

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