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There are many aspects people mention when they think of what makes for a great performance: the artists, program, venue, and audiences. I believe the secret sauce of Music in the Morning is our community of audiences.

Performing on the Music in the Morning stage was when I first experienced the feeling of a chamber music being wrapped up in the deep embrace of attentiveness from a community of listeners. The very DNA of MITM is in our community; it is what makes our concerts so special: Artists and audiences have the sense they are sharing in a meaningful conversation, even with hundreds in the room.

So it is with deep excitement that I join this celebrated organization. I look forward to sharing great music and continued conversations with you!

Sincerely,

Adrian Fung
Executive Artistic Director

About Adrian Fung,
Executive Artistic Director

Recognized as one of Musical America’s 30 Innovators of the Year, Adrian Fung is an award-winning cellist, educator, and arts executive. He is Associate Dean and an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. Along with his administrative duties working with the five schools in the College, Mr. Fung works closely with the Price College of Business programming a new graduate arts-business program and an arts seed-funding incubator. His research focuses on addressing inefficiencies in the arts marketplace, new economic models, and new investing practices. In addition, Mr. Fung is the Executive Artistic Director of the celebrated presenting organization Music In The Morning in Vancouver, Canada.

As the founding cellist of the critically acclaimed Afiara Quartet, Mr. Fung is a winner of the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Young Canadian Musicians Award, 2nd prizes at the Munich ARD and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and the Szekely Prize for Best Interpretation of Beethoven. Le Devoir praises “their intrinsic class, their panache, and their expressive intensity” and La Presse calls the quartet “a revelation”. A JUNO-nominated artist and producer, his projects have been featured by Forbes and CBC Music in each of their Top 10 Albums of the Year and praised by Toronto Star as “one of the most attention-grabbing shows of the year.” Mr. Fung has performed over 600 performances in extensive tours worldwide including such storied stages as Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Austria’s Esterhazy Palace, the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, Munich’s Prinz Regenten Theatre, the Royal Library in Copenhagen, and London’s Wigmore Hall. As a soloist, he has been critically acclaimed for his “virtuosic” playing (San Francisco Classical Voice), his “superb” and “brilliant” performance (New York Concert Review), and as a “consummate interpreter of the composer’s message” (Ontario Arts Review). As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others, and in recital at Carnegie Hall and Taiwan’s National Concert Hall.

Mr. Fung most recently served as Vice President for Innovation at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where he led the TSO’s activities in artistic, social, and economic innovation. His work included leading a year-long, nationwide Signature Initiative Project reaching an audience of 8.23 million via 50 orchestral commissions and over 40 partner orchestras nationwide. He also created a new multi-camera e-learning platform with self-directed angle toggling, bringing to life over 20 live, full-orchestra video and audio recordings.

Mr. Fung earned a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Featured in Fortune magazine among the Best and Brightest Executive MBAs, he has taught business strategy widely, including The Banff Centre, HEC Montreal School of Business, and Orford Arts, among others. Aside from his teaching at The Juilliard School as a teaching assistant to the celebrated Juilliard String Quartet, Adrian has been invited to teach and lead masterclasses at schools internationally, such as Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo, Indiana University’s Summer String Academy, San Francisco State University, the Yehudi Menuhin Seminar, Chamber Music of the Rockies, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, Orkester Efterskolen in Denmark, University of Alberta, Oakville Suzuki Institute, Stanford University, University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Fung’s cello teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Fred Sherry, and Antonio Lysy. He plays on a cello made in 1787 by Benjamin Banks, on lifetime loan to him from an anonymous donor.

About June Goldsmith, C.M., O.B.C.,
Founder and Former Artistic Director

Thirty years ago, June Goldsmith, a musician, music educator, and entrepreneur, founded Music in the Morning. She believed classical music that challenged, educated, as well as entertained, would find a following at 10:30 in the morning. Goldsmith is revered in the community for her willingness to share her love of music and she is a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay.