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 2018-19 season, under the auspices of Concert Artists Guild, Funderburk and longtime collaborator mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell return to the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky and the Detroit Institute of Arts for evenings of cabaret engagements. High in demand as an audition and competition pianist, he will support singers from around the world as they perform for the Metropolitan Opera, Arizona Opera, Ravinia Festival, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition.
Highlights from recent seasons include Stanford University’s 2017 Shenson Recital Series and the eight-month-tour of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016 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.
A passionate champion of art song, Funderburk has served on the venerable faculty of the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College for three consecutive years. In addition to his work with the young artists as a Master Coach, he inaugurated and annually plays the program’s Alumni Recital Series. Funderburk’s art song festival performances include 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.
In recital, Funderburk has graced esteemed stages including Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, National Sawdust, Symphony Space, The Krannert Center, Chicago Cultural Center, and The Arts Club of Washington. Radio broadcast appearances include WQXR’s Beer Jam Live from the Greene Space, Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s WFMT, and MPR (Minnesota Public Radio). With a growing discography, Funderburk’s recording credits include complete albums The Lads In Their Hundreds (2017), Wild Cities (2016), Bawd Ballads and Other Songs by Seymour Barab (2015), Francesca Anderegg (2015), and Vincent Millay Cycle (2012), as well as appearances on The Garden: Songs and Chamber Music of Tom Cipullo (2018) and New American Song @ SongFest (2016).
A South Carolina native, Funderburk holds bachelor’s degrees from Lawrence University in music and biology and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he served four years as a staff pianist for the Ellen and James S. Marcus Vocal Arts Department. Funderburk currently resides and maintains a private coaching studio in New York City.