George Xiaoyuan Fu

Piano (Chamber Music Institute Mentor)

Chinese-American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu is establishing an international reputation as “one of the most exciting pianists of our time… a deep thinker, thoroughly in command” (The Arts Desk). As a fearless interpreter of a wide array of music, his playing has been praised for its “stunning virtuosity” (Boston Music Intelligencer), combining “phenomenal technique with a profound sense of interpretative clarity” (Apple Music).

George has appeared across the Americas and Europe, appearing at major international venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kennedy Center, St Martin In the Fields, the Southbank Centre, and Kings Place. His performances and interviews have been featured on broadcasts around the world, ranging from BBC Radio 3 and National Public Radio, to appearances on PBS/American Public Television and On Stage At Curtis in Philadelphia. Recent highlights include successful solo recital debuts at the Aldeburgh and Ryedale Festivals.

As concerto soloist he has performed with National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. A frequent solo recitalist and chamber musician, George is a founding member of Trio Zimbalist alongside Josef Špaček (violin) and Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin (cello). He enjoys fruitful collaborations with a wide variety of artists such as Roberto Díaz (viola), Dmitri Sitkovetsky (violin), Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin), Mika Sasaki (piano) and Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano).

George’s debut solo album, Mirrors, was released in November 2022 on the Platoon label and draws on his visionary style of programming, using Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs as a focal point and featuring an eclectic mix of composers: Sergei Rachmaninov, Germaine Tailleferre, Henri Dutilleux, Unsuk Chin, Timo Andres and Freya Waley-Cohen. The album is already receiving international acclaim, earning a five-star review from BBC Music Magazine: “Fu’s approach is intelligent but fuelled by a deep emotion and understanding of the repertoire… his touch on the keys is barely apparent in the Ravel, with the music flowing gossamer-like.” Gramophone also declared that “Fu’s precise fingerwork cannot be faulted, and his gift for programme-building deserves serious attention”; while International Piano Magazine claimed that “Fu’s fluent and nuanced ‘Barque’ is one of the finest available”.

Born in Washington, D.C., George made his concerto debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center at the age of 17. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, George studied with Jonathan Biss and Meng-Chieh Liu at the Curtis Institute of Music, and then with Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music, where he currently teaches. He has also worked intensively with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, specifically on the music of Messiaen and Debussy.

Learn more about Trio Zimbalist HERE.