2023 Adjudicators

Adrian Fung

Classical Lower Strings

Adrian FungAdrian Fung is an award-winning cellist, educator, and arts executive. Recognized as one of Musical America’s 30 Innovators of the Year, he is the Executive and Artistic Director of Vancouver’s celebrated concert organization, Music In The Morning Concert Society and cellist of Afiara Quartet. He has held senior executive roles at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Conservatory. In addition, he served as associate dean and tenured associate professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.

In Oklahoma, he created the International Arts Incubator and both undergraduate and graduate programs in arts entrepreneurship. 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. 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 the 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, Austria’s Esterhazy Palace, and Kennedy Center. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He was featured in Fortune magazine as one of the Best and Brightest Executive MBAs worldwide.