David Fray

Piano

Biography

Described by the press as a “poet” and “perhaps the most inspired, certainly the most original Bach player of his generation,” 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, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi , Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jaap van Zweden. Orchestral highlights in Europe have included performances with the Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerische Rundfunk, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester, Salzburg Mozarteum, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris. David Fray made his US debut in 2009 with the Cleveland Orchestra which was followed by performances with the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recital debuts followed in Carnegie Hall, at the Mostly Mozart Festival and in New York and the Chicago Symphony Hall.

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Reviews

“One of the most appealing listening experiences of present times […] He sounds like no other pianist on record.”

Sinfini Music

“The perfect example of a thinking musician…his interpretation relies on understatement, intimacy and sincerity.”

Die Welt

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“One of the most appealing listening experiences of present times […] He sounds like no other pianist on record.”

Sinfini Music

“The perfect example of a thinking musician…his interpretation relies on understatement, intimacy and sincerity.”

Die Welt 

“This is an artist we need to hear more of.”

The New York Times 

“Exquisite, imaginative, and virtuosic … an extraordinary balance between the head and heart, between technical rigor and poetry.”

The Epoch Times 

“He walks the fine line between expression and intellect, emotion and technique perfectly.”

Gesellschaft Freunde der Künste

“The young French pianist David Fray approaches music very seriously. Though his performances […] were musically refined and technically elegant, searching out the meditative qualities of the music was Mr. Fray’s top priority. ”

The New York Times

“Nothing feels prefabricated here, each repeat appears in a new light […] Even after four encores one finds it hard to leave the concert hall ”

Tagesspiegel

“There was such an intimacy between pianist and instrument that the listener could only watch longingly. Soon, however, it developed into an atmosphere of delicate melancholy, […] that invited to close one’s eyes and give in to the somnambulistic-dreamy music”

Bachtrack

“Fray has a brilliant technique and a serious and thoughtful regard for the music. ”

Chicago Tribune

“Fray has an instinctive Mozartean affinity – he communicates fresh ideas with subtle, stylistic deftness.”

BBC Review