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.
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. High in demand as an audition and competition pianist, he regularly supports singers from around the world as they perform for institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, Arizona Opera, Ravinia Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. In 2016, Funderburk concluded an 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.
In recital, Brent has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kaufmann Center’s Merkin Hall, National Sawdust, Symphony Space, and the Ravinia Festival. With a growing discography, Brent boasts six complete albums on Acis Productions, Albany Records, and New Focus Records and has made radio broadcast appearances on WQXR’s Beer Jam Live from the Greene Space, Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s WFMT, and MPR (Minnesota Public Radio).
A South Carolina native, Brent 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.
Brent Funderburk is Resident Faculty at the Schmidt Vocal Institute.