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April 30, 2024

News Release: Pianist David Fung and Violist Cong Wu Join Manhattan School of Music’s Prestigious College Faculty


NEW YORK, April 30, 2024 – Renowned international music conservatory Manhattan School of Music (MSM) announced today that esteemed pianist and violist – David Fung and Cong Wu, respectively – have joined the School’s prestigious College faculty, effective immediately. Mr. Fung has joined MSM’s piano faculty (led by Co-Heads Alexandre Moutouzkine and Inesa Sinkevych), and Mr. Wu has joined the Classical Strings faculty (led by Chair Nicholas Mann). The two appointments follow several high-profile faculty additions announced by the School in recent years, and Mr. Fung and Mr. Wu have already begun accepting students for the 2024–25 academic year.

Pianist David Fung has been praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances by The Washington Post and is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. With a repertoire of over 60 concertos, Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the major orchestras in Australia including the Melbourne, Queensland, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Joana Carneiro, Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Francis, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Lan Shui, and Christian Zacharias. A dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Fung brings an individualized approach to teaching his students as they develop their own unique artistic voice.

Cong Wu joined the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Viola, The Norma and Lloyd Chazen Chair, in September 2018. He is the winner of the Third Prize and the Chamber Music Prize in the Fourteenth Primrose International Viola Competition, and of the Special Prize in the Twelfth Tertis International Viola Competition. An avid chamber musician, Wu has collaborated with renowned artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, David Finckel, Hilary Hahn, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Wiley, Pinchas Zukerman (MSM faculty), American String Quartet (MSM Artists in Residence), and many New York Philharmonic musicians. His festival engagements have included the Marlboro Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Chestnut Hill Concerts. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts with the Helen Cohn Award from the Manhattan School of Music.

“David and Cong are wonderful new faculty additions to our impressive and inspiring Piano and Strings departments at MSM,” says MSM Executive Vice President and Provost Joyce Griggs. “As MSM continues to build on its 106 years of excellence, it is exciting to welcome these talented and creative artist-educators to the School – and in the case of Cong, who earned his doctorate at MSM, to welcome him home. The respective track records of these gifted musicians and teachers, combined with their belief in the mission of MSM, a strong desire to awaken students’ individual artistic voices, and their commitment to our Cultural Inclusion initiatives, will greatly enhance the College faculty and the School writ large.”

David Fung’s and Cong Wu’s bios, as well as more information about MSM, can be found below.

For further information, please contact Jeff Breithaupt, Vice President for Media and Communications, at or (917) 493-4702.

About David Fung

About Cong Wu


Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today MSM is recognized for its more than 1,000 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Met Orchestra, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.

The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing doctoral studies. Offering classical, jazz, and musical theatre training, MSM grants a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. True to MSM’s origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to 475 young musicians between the ages of 5 and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.


Manhattan School of Music acknowledges that we gather on the traditional land of the Lenape and Wappinger past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.

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