In Vivian Fung’s essay on Motherhood and the Creative Process, she describes how her son was a source of inspiration for Earworms:
“For me, seeing the world through my son’s eyes has completely rocked my world. He has opened me open to feelings of compassion, joy, and connection, as well as being my teacher on how to set boundaries, be persistent, flexible, and, above all, patient. Through the sleepless nights and complete exhaustion, my creativity is being recharged by life with a child who has given me so much fuel to work with.” Read more here!
JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung has a unique talent for combining idiosyncratic textures and styles into large-scale works, reflecting her multicultural background. NPR calls her “One of today’s most eclectic composers.” This is supported by many of her latest works, including Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories, a reflection on her travels to visit minority groups in China’s Yunnan province; A Child’s Dream of Toys, inspired by Fung’s rambunctious 3-year old son; and The Ice Is Talking for solo percussion and electronics, using three ice blocks to illustrate the beauty and fragility of our environment.
Highlights of Fung’s 2019-20 season include a new concerto for trumpet virtuoso Mary Bowden; a new work for video and chamber ensemble for the Vancouver-based Standing Wave ensemble, and performances with the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Montreal, Fort Worth, and Edmonton Symphonies. Many distinguished artists and ensembles have embraced Fung’s music as part of the core repertoire, including this coming season’s tour of Birdsong with concert violinist Midori, and the premiere and tour of String Quartet No. 4 with the American String Quartet.
In 2012, Naxos Canadian Classics released a recording of Fung’s Violin Concerto [No.1], Piano Concerto Dreamscapes, and Glimpses. The Violin Concerto earned Fung the 2013 JUNO Award for “Classical Composition of the Year.” Other awards and grants include the 2015 Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award for achievement in new music from SOCAN, a Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory Millard Fellowship, and grants from ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, MAP Fund, American Symphony Orchestra League, American Composers Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and currently serves as Vice Chair of the board of the American Composers Forum.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Fung received her doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York. She currently lives in California with her husband Charles Boudreau and their son Julian, and is on the faculty of Santa Clara University.
Fung was a 2018 Cabrillo Festival composer in residence and returns this season for the U.S. premiere of Earworms, on Saturday, August 10.