Born in Shanghai, American pianist Richard Fu is devoted to vocal and string repertoire as well as opera and new music. Although he wanted to be a lawyer as a child and began studying political science at Dartmouth, he fell in love with classical music while studying abroad in Vienna and subsequently pursued a musical career.
He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, the University of Oxford, the Juilliard School and the Kunstuniversität Graz, where he is currently studying with Julius Drake.
His recent performances include duo concerts at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, WQXR Radio, Sheldonian Theatre, Holywell Music Room and St John's Smith Square. After graduating from Juilliard, Richard performed 30 concerts on a tour of America with violinist Timothy Chooi. He also performed Stravinsky's Septet as part of the RCM's collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals Festival, Steve Reich's Double Sextet during the composer's residency at the RCM, and keyboard parts conducted by Thomas Adès and Alan Gilbert.
During the summer months, Richard regularly participates in music festivals and young artist programmes. He twice participated in Renée Fleming's "Song Studio" at Carnegie Hall and studied Mahler songs with Thomas Hampson at the Fondation Royaumont in France. Richard has received scholarships from Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Aspen Music Festival, Songfest and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. He has collaborated in master classes with Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maxim Vengerov and others.
From the 2021-22 season, Richard will be a pianist as part of the Young Artist Program of the Vienna State Opera. He will also undertake a concert tour in Italy with cellist Zlatomir Fung.