March 17, 2022
Zlatomir Fung Awarded Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship 2022

Today, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust has announced Zlatomir Fung as a BBT Fellowship Winner 2022. A 2020 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Fung will receive £20,000 from the BBT to use towards career advancement.

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) supports both outstanding young musicians (BBT Artists) and charitable organisations that help the underprivileged and disadvantaged through music (BBT Communities). Whether developing and sustaining young artists’ international careers, or bringing the joy of music to new communities, the Trust provides invaluable assistance and encouragement.

Of Bulgarian-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. Fung studied at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy. Fung is a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts. He has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and has appeared on From the Top six times.

Recent highlights include a multi-city U.S. tour culminating in a Carnegie Hall recital debut, performances with the Detroit, Kansas City, Seattle, Ann Arbor, and Asheville Symphonies, Iris Orchestra, a joint recital with fellow Tchaikovsky Competition winners at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall with IMS Prussia Cove, ChamberFest Cleveland, Bravo! Vail in a chamber music program with Joshua Bell and Shai Wosner, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, debuts at the Aspen Music Festival and La Jolla Chamber Music Society, and tours of Italy, Russia, China, and Japan with orchestras and in recital.

Upcoming Highlights:

March 24 – 27
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

May 7 – 8
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

June 29 – July 10
Chamber Music Northwest

July 13
Utah Symphony

July 16 – 20
Verbier Festival

July 26 – 28
New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail + Solo Recital

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