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.
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.
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.
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.
have been featured on local radio stations across the country
and can be heard on CBC and Radio-Canada.
Fung-Chiu Duo is grateful to Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Canada
Council for the Arts for their continued support.
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