“As technological advancement continues to change the way we learn and share information, I am excited to contribute to Svetoslav’s vision of making classical music ever more accessible and relatable. It also helps remove barriers in other ways by allowing the teacher and student to connect at any moment when questions come up, regardless of the distance between them. It also allows teachers to easily collaborate with one another to best offer students their specific areas of strengths and expertise.” – Richard Fu
Shanghai-born Richard Fu is currently studying piano at Juilliard School, having previously attended Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, and Dartmouth College.
Though he had wanted to become a lawyer growing up and began as a political science major at Dartmouth, Richard fell in love with classical music while studying abroad in Vienna and changed focus to music midway. Richard has won prizes including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and RCM’s Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition, and performed concertos with the Oxford University Philharmonia and Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, he has accompanied the masterclasses of Maxim Vengerov and Roderick Williams, and received coaching from Menahem Pressler and Roger Vignoles. Richard also performed Stravinsky’s Septet as part of RCM’s collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals Festival, as well as Steve Reich’s Double Sextet during the composer’s residency at the RCM.
Richard’s most important teachers include Victor Rosenbaum, Andrew Ball, Sally Pinkas, Steve Swayne, and Hong Teng. During the summers, Richard enjoys attending music festivals through which he has worked with musicians such as Dmitri Alexeev, Paul Badura-Skoda, Robert McDonald, Boris Berman, Alan Gilbert, and Renée Fleming. Having performed extensively throughout the USA, Richard has recently given recitals in the Sheldonian Theatre, St. John’s Smith Square, Regents Hall, Roman Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, and on tour in cities across China.