Described by the press as the “perfect example of a thinking musician” (Die Welt) and acclaimed for his interpretations of music from Bach to Boulez, David Fray continues to thrill audiences worldwide as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. He has collaborated with leading orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Sanderling, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jaap van Zweden. Orchestral appearances in Europe have included the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Salzburg Mozarteum, Orchestra del Teatro
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.
David Fray holds multiple awards including the German Echo Klassik Prize for Instrumentalist of the Year and the Young Talent Award from the Ruhr Piano Festival. In 2008 he was named Newcomer of the Year by the BBC Music Magazine. At the 2004 Montreal International Music Competition, he received both the Second Grand Prize and the Prize for the best interpretation of a Canadian work.
David Fray started taking piano lessons at the age of four. He furthered his studies with Jacques Rouvier, who is also featured on his latest Schubert album, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris.