Zlatomir Fung, cello
Cellist Zlatomir Fung recently captured First Prize at the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. He was also awarded the competition’s sole performance engagement prize, for a concert with Poland’s Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Fung has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Boston Pops, Santa Cruz Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and the New England Philharmonic. Abroad, he has been heard with Romania’s State Philharmonic of Sibiu, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, and the Lausanne Sinfonietta in Switzerland.
As a First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Fung makes his recital debuts in the 2018-19 Young Concert Artists Series in at Merkin Concert Hall, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert Prize and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize. He also won special performance prizes from the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, the Embassy Series Prize in Washington D.C., the Friends of Music Concerts Prize in Sleepy Hollow, NY, the Paramount Theatre Prize in Vermont, the Lied Center of Kansas Prize, the Sunday Musicale Prize in New Jersey, and the Slomovic Prize for sponsorship of an Orchestra Partnership Project concerto engagement.
Zlatomir Fung will also perform the Bloch Schelomo with Orchestra Iowa this season, and give recitals for the Cosmos Club, the Hopkins Center, the Port Washington (NY) Library, the Aaron Copland School of Music/Queens College, the Jewish Community Alliance, Colgate University, Patrons for Young Artists in Poughkeepsie, NY, Salon de Virtuosi, Tryon Concerts and Chamber on the Mountain in Washington State.
Mr. Fung was a 2016 Presidential Scholar for the Arts, and won the 2017 Astral National Auditions as well as First Prizes at the George Enescu International Cello Competition in Romania, the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, the Stulberg International String Competition, and the Irving Klein International Competition. He has participated at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia and the Aspen Music Festival. He is a regular member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York, and has been featured on NPR’s radio show “From the Top” six times, as well as on “Performance Today.”
Mr. Fung is of Bulgarian-Chinese heritage. Born in Oregon, he and his family moved from there to the Boston area so that he could attend the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He is currently a full Kovner Fellowship student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School. Zlatomir Fung has also studied with Julie Albers, Emmanuel Feldman, and Nancy Hair. Outside of music, he enjoys cinema, reading philosophy and chess.
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