David Fray

Born May 24, 1981 in Tarbes (France).

David Fray was born in 1981 and began the piano when he was four 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 has given numerous recitals in Europe, America and Asia, in the most prestigious halls: 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 at festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron or Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse.

Recently he played with the Orchestre National de France at the Musikverein in Vienna and in the United States under Kurt Masur (New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C.), with the Jerusalem Symphony, recitals in Barcelona, Paris, Torino, Zurich, Rome and at the Wigmore Hall in London. Coming engagements include concerts with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and recitals in Vancouver, Montreal, London, Salzburg, Munich, Madrid.

An extract of his recital (Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy) at La Roque d’Anthéron Festival was recorded on DVD (Idéale Audience). His first recording as a Virgin Classics 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 Prize 2008). Just released: Bach

Upper right picture : © Virgin Classics / Sasha Gusov. Central picture : © DR.