The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is becoming one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Among the tremendous critical acclaim he received last season, Bachtrack wrote of his Carnegie Hall debut, “he quickly envelops every score he plays in an almost palpable golden aura.” Fung was also awarded a coveted Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2022.
This season, he makes his debut with the Dallas Symphony with a world premiere written for him by Katherine Balch. “My upcoming cello concerto for Zlatomir,” said Balch, "is titled Whisper Concerto, named after the bristling, agitato ‘whisper cadenza’ of György Ligeti’s cello concerto. I want this piece to capture the kinetic virtuosity of Zlatomir’s playing, but also his kindness, gentleness of spirit, and warmth. The piece is intended to showcase an intimate, hushed virtuosity for both performer and orchestra alike, equal players in an endeavor to find a presto dolcissimo, a scorrevole in stillness, a vivace tranquillo.”
He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Vail in July and makes his debut with the Milwaukee and Rochester Symphony Orchestras later this season.
2022-2023 Season Highlights:
February 24-25, 2023 / Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Debut
April 13 & 15, 2023 / Rochester Symphony Orchestra Debut
April 20-22, 2023 / Dallas Symphony Orchestra Debut