The first American in four decades and the youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time.
Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity and exquisite sensitivity, the 20-year-old has already proven himself to be a star among the next generation of world-class musicians. Fung's impeccable technique demonstrates a mastery of the canon and an exceptional insight into the depths of contemporary repertoire.
In the 2019/20 season, Fung performs in all corners of North America, both with orchestra and in recital. He recently performed in Carnegie Hall in a joint recital with fellow Tchaikovsky Competition winners and future plans include performances in The Embassy Series in Washington DC as well as in Malibu, Toronto, Baltimore and with the Asheville and Aiken Symphony Orchestras, Plymouth Philharmonic, Symphony Pro Musica in Hudson, Massachusetts and a return to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Fung will perform the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven at the Artist Series of Sarasota.
As a chamber musician, Fung performs around the world and opens the season with IMS Prussia Cove on tour to London’s Wigmore Hall and at venues in Cornwall, Cambridge, West Sussex and Somerset and he closes the season at Dresdner Musikfestspiele. His New York City chamber music engagements include the Aspect Foundation and Jupiter Chamber Players. During the summer of 2019, Fung performed at Musique de Chambre à Giverny, a chamber music festival in northern France.
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 currently studies at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy.
Fung has been featured on NPR’s 'Performance Today' and has appeared on 'From the Top' six times. In addition to music, he enjoys cinema, reading, and blitz chess. Fung plays an W.E. Hill and Sons cello from 1905.
"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."
"A rich, warm tone, impeccable intonation and thoughtful phrasing
suggested a good future for the 17-year-old soloist. His appreciation
for dynamic shading proved especially rewarding."