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Zlatomir Fung

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.

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Concerto repertoire

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

Concerto in A minor, Op. 22

Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102

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)

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

Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

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

Joonas Kokkonen
Cello Concerto

Concerto No. 2 in C minor

Concerto in D minor

Cello Concerto

Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125

Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Parabola concertante

Concerto No. 1
Concerto No. 2

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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
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 
Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D Minor op 108, arr. for cello and piano
Zlatomir Fung/Janáček: Fantasy on Jenufa (2023) 


Christian Arming
Lionel Bringuier
Han-Na Chang
Wen-pin Chien
Andreas Delfs
Marta Gardolińska
Valery Gergiev
Ben Gernon
Kerem Hasan
Emilia Hoving
Leo Hussain
Emilia Hoving
Zhang Lu
Gergely Maderas
Ken-David Masur
Nick McGegan
Ludovic Morlot
Gemma New
Julian Rachlin
Bramwell Tovey
Elena Schwarz
Leonard Slatkin
Chloé van Soeterstède
Robert Spano
Shiyeon Sung
Joshua Weilerstein
Kahchun Wong


"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"


"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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Richard Egarr

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles


Jess Gillam


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