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Zlatomir Fung

Cello
Tchaikovsky Competition 2019, Gold Medal
Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship 2022
Artist in Residence, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2023-24)

  • As the youngest cellist ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time.

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  • As Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2023/24 season, Fung appears at London’s Cadogan Hall and tours the UK with the orchestra. Further afield, highlights in North America and Asia include Fung’s debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, appearances with the Baltimore and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras as well as a tour to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Recent concerto highlights include his debuts with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, BBC Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony.


    Fung made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2021 and was described by Bachtrack as "one of those rare musicians with a Midas touch: he quickly envelopes every score he plays in an almost palpable golden aura". Other recent highlights include returns to the Wigmore Hall and appearances at the Verbier, Dresden, Janáček May and Tsinandali Festivals, Cello Biennale, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland and Aspen Music Festival.


    Alongside demonstrating a mastery of the canon, Fung brings exceptional insight into the depths of contemporary repertoire, championing composers such as Unsuk Chin, Katherine Balch and Anna Clyne. In 2023, under the baton of Gemma New and with the Dallas Symphony, Fung gave the world premiere of Katherine Balch whisper concerto with ‘jaw-dropping brilliance’ (Dallas Morning News), as dedicatee of the work.


    A winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2017 Astral National Auditions, Fung has taken the top prizes at the 2018 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, 2016 George Enescu International Cello Competition, 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, 2014 Stulberg International String Competition and 2014 Irving Klein International Competition. He was selected as a 2016 US Presidential Scholar for the Arts and was awarded the 2016 Landgrave von Hesse Prize at the Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses.


    Of Bulgarian and Chinese heritage, Zlatomir Fung began playing cello at age three and earned fellowships at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, Heifetz International Music Institute, MusicAlp, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. A proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, Fung studied at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy.


    Fung was announced as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Winner in 2022. He plays a 1717 cello by David Tecchler of Rome, kindly loaned to him through the Beare’s International Violin Society by a generous benefactor.

    2023/24 season / 418 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Katherine Balch
whisper concerto (written for and premiered by Zlatomir Fung, 2023)


Barber
Concerto in A minor, Op. 22


Beethoven
Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano


Bloch
Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque


Britten
Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68


Brahms
Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102


Boccherini-Grutzmacher
Concerto in B-flat major, G.482

Unsuk Chin
Cello Concerto (2006-8, rev.2013)


Anna Clyne 
DANCE (concerto for cello and orchestra, 2019)


Brett Dean
Cello Concerto (2018)


Dutilleux
Tout un monde lointain... Concertante for Cello and Orchestra


Dvorak
Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


Elgar
Concerto in E minor, Op. 85


Haydn
Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Concerto No. 2 in D Major


Joonas Kokkonen
Cello Concerto


Kabalevsky
Concerto No. 2 in C minor


Lalo
Concerto in D minor


Lutoslawski
Cello Concerto


Prokofiev 
Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125


Saint-Saens
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33


Schumann
Concerto in A minor, Op. 129


Shchedrin 
Parabola concertante


Shostakovich
Concerto No. 1
Concerto No. 2


Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


Walton
Cello Concerto

Recital programmes (24/25 season):

Programme 1


De Falla: Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
Massenet: Meditation from Thais, arr. for cello and piano
A.F. Servais: Grande Fantasie on Themes from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
Interval
Beethoven: 7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen, WoO 46
Tchaikovsky: Lensky's Aria from Eugene Onegin arr. Mikhail Bukinik
Marshall Estrin: Fantasia Carmen (2022)


Programme 2


Schubert: Sonata in A Minor D. 821 “Arpeggione”
Dello Joio: Due Per Due 
Interval
Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D Minor op 108, arr. for cello and piano
Zlatomir Fung/Janáček: Fantasy on Jenufa (2023) 

"At his young age, Fung seems to be one of those rare musicians with a Midas touch: he quickly envelopes every score he plays in an almost palpable golden aura"

Bachtrack

"The cellist showed a mastery of his instrument that was truly a
thing to behold… He executed his pure talent, maneuvering the
strings with exquisite control as he created his own musical mosaic."

Benicia Herald

"A rich, warm tone, impeccable intonation and thoughtful phrasing... His appreciation
for dynamic shading proved especially rewarding."

Baltimore Sun

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