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Zlatomir Fung

Cello
Tchaikovsky Competition 2019, Gold Medal

  • 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 22-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.

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  • At the beginning of the 2021/22 season, Fung made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall and was described by Bachtrack as being "one of those rare musicians with a Midas touch: he quickly envelopes every score he plays in an almost palpable golden aura". Other highlights of the season include appearances at the Verbier Festival in Schloss Elmau, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland, Bravo! Vail with Joshua Bell and Shai Wosner and Aspen Music Festival performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Fung will also perform with the Kansas City, Detroit, Tokyo Metropolitan and Kyoto Symphony orchestras, amongst others. He will embark on European recital tours throughout the season performing in various cities including Dresden, Ostrava, Rome, Florence and Turin. 


    Fung was recently invited to make debuts with the London Philharmonic, The Hallé, Frankfurt Opera, Turku Philharmonic, Hangzhou Philharmonic among others. 


    As a chamber musician, Fung performs around the world and opened the season with IMS Prussia Cove on tour to London’s Wigmore Hall and at venues in Cornwall, Cambridge, West Sussex and Somerset and Dresden Music Festival. His New York City chamber music engagements include the Aspect Foundation and Jupiter Chamber Players.


    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. Fung plays an W.E. Hill and Sons cello from 1905.

    2021/22 season / 443 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

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


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

"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
suggested a good future for the 17-year-old soloist. His appreciation
for dynamic shading proved especially rewarding."

Baltimore Sun

Intermusica represents Zlatomir Fung in Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand (excluding Russia, Japan)

Bridget Emmerson
Deputy Chief Executive / Head of Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9916
bemmerson@intermusica.co.uk

Jessica Barra
Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9942
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Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9943
dcummings@intermusica.co.uk

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Tim Mead

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Roger Vignoles