Praised for his sensitive and nuanced accompanying, Brent Funderburk is being hailed as one of the most promising collaborative pianists in the industry. Equally at home in opera, art song, instrumental repertoire, and vocal coaching, Funderburk is known across the country as a respected recitalist, coach, and music director.
In the 2017-18 season, under the auspices of Concert Artists Guild, Funderburk and longtime collaborator mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell performed for a sold-out audience at Cafe Sabarsky’s cabaret series at the Neue Galerie and headlined in Stanford University’s Shenson Recital Series. During the summer season, Funderburk joined the esteemed faculty of the CoOPERAtive program for his second consecutive year. In addition to his work with the young artists as a Master Coach, he and baritone Brian Mextorf inaugurated the program’s Alumni Recital Series.
In 2016, Funderburk wrapped the breakout eight-month-tour of the Metropolitan Opera’s Rising Stars Concert Series. As pianist and music director, he and Met singers gave over 50 performances, workshops, and masterclasses at acclaimed universities and conservatories throughout the nation. On the instrumental front, Funderburk and longstanding colleague violinist Francesca Anderegg released their second album together, Wild Cities, that highlighted new works by five up-and-coming American composers each influenced by John Adams.
A passionate champion of art song, Funderburk has performed with numerous art song festivals including Carnegie Hall’s Marilyn Horne Song Celebration and The Song Continues, Ravinia Festival, Music Academy of the West, Brooklyn Art Song Society, Joy in Singing, SongFusion, The Art Song Preservation Society of New York, and CUSP.