Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent pianist,” South Carolina native Brent Funderburk has partnered world-class singers and instrumentalists in concert and on recording. He has garnered respect as a distinguished recitalist and vocal coach in New York City.
Mr. Funderburk has participated in many renowned summer programs and festivals including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, where he returned as a resident pianist in the 2016 Program for Singers. Other recent summer engagements include the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in Virginia, SongFest at Pepperdine, as a recipient of the Margo Garrett and Marc and Eva Stern Fellowships, and the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
In the realm of art song, Brent has made many notable appearances, including a recent performance in the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Zankel Hall, and has collaborated with rising young artists as part of The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall. His long-running collaboration with mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell has led to many U.S. recital appearances under the auspices of Concert Artists Guild, as well as radio broadcasts on New York’s WQXR as part of The McGraw-Hill Companies’ Young Artist Showcase. Brent has also appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and the Ravinia Festival, among others.
Also known for his instrumental collaborations, Brent has maintained an active schedule with violinist Francesca Anderegg. The duo has performed at many U.S. venues, including the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the International Music Foundation’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, and has been featured on WQXR, Chicago’s WFMT, and MPR (Minnesota Public Radio). Recording credits with Ms. Anderegg include a debut release under the Albany label and a project with New Focus Recordings entitled Wild Cities featuring the works of young American composers to be released in July 2016.
This past season, Mr. Funderburk acted as pianist and musical director of The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series giving nearly 40 performances across the U.S. with a cast of acclaimed singers. The debut tour also included masterclasses and workshops with young singers from respected American universities and conservatories.
Mr. Funderburk received his Masters degree from The Juilliard School, where he served four years as staff pianist for the Ellen and James S. Marcus Vocal Arts Department.