Recognized as one of Musical America’s 30 Innovators of the Year, Adrian Fung is an award-winning cellist, educator, and arts administrator. Mr. Fung is Associate Dean at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. Adrian's activities include teaching arts entrepreneurship, as well as the creation of an innovative Arts Incubation Lab and a new graduate program in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship offered in collaboration with Price College of Business.
As the founding cellist of the critically acclaimed Afiara Quartet, Mr. Fung is a winner of the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Young Canadian Musicians Award, 2nd prizes at the Munich ARD and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and the Szekely Prize for Best Interpretation of Beethoven. A JUNO-nominated artist and producer, his projects have been featured by Forbes and CBC Music in each of their Top 10 Albums of the Year and praised by Toronto Star as “one of the most attention-grabbing shows of the year.” As a soloist, he has been critically acclaimed for his “virtuosic” playing (San Francisco Classical Voice), his “superb” and “brilliant” performance (New York Concert Review), and as a “consummate interpreter of the composer’s message” (Ontario Arts Review). As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others, and in recital at Carnegie Hall and Taiwan’s National Concert Hall.
Mr. Fung recently served as Vice President for Innovation at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where he led the TSO’s activities in artistic, social, and economic innovation. His work included leading a $10-million budget which saw the launch of a year-long, nationwide Signature Initiative Project reaching an audience of over 14.5 million via 50 orchestral commissions and over 40 partner orchestras nationwide. He also created a new multi-camera e-learning platform with self-directed angle toggling, bringing to life over 20 live, full-orchestra video and audio recordings.
Mr. Fung earned a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Featured in Fortune magazine among the Best and Brightest Executive MBAs, he has taught business strategy widely, including The Banff Centre, HEC Montreal School of Business, and Orford Arts, among others. Mr. Fung has been invited to teach and lead masterclasses at schools internationally, such as Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo, Indiana University, San Francisco State University, the Yehudi Menuhin Seminar, Orkester Efterskolen in Denmark, University of Alberta, Oakville Suzuki Institute, Stanford University, University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, among others. In addition, Mr. Fung serves as jury member of the Eckhardt-Gramatte National Competition, ECM Generation National Award, and the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Mr. Fung’s cello teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Fred Sherry, and Antonio Lysy. Mr. Fung plays on a cello made in 1787 by Benjamin Banks, on lifetime loan to him from an anonymous donor.