Cellist Zlatomir Fung captured the Gold Medal at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition with his dynamic competition performances. He is the first U.S. cellist to win the Gold Medal in over thirty years, and the youngest to ever achieve this honor. Since then, he has performed with fellow Tchaikovsky Competition winners this season at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and has been named one of New York WQXR’s “20 for ’20 Artists to Watch for the Upcoming Year.”
Mr. Fung has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Boston Pops, Santa Cruz, AnnArbor and Grand Rapids Symphonies, Orchestra Iowa, New England Philharmonic, Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Romania’s State Philharmonic of Sibiu, George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, Poland’s Poznan Philharmonic, and Lausanne Sinfonietta in Switzerland.
As a First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Fung made his recital debuts in the 2018-19 Young Concert Artists Series at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. His appearance on the YCA “Encores” Series at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York this season, in a program that includes Young Concert Artists composer David Hertzberg’s “Vocalise,”made The New York Times "10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won't Want to Miss!" He also performs recitals this season for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Pepperdine University, Chamber on the Mountain and the Evergreen Museum & Library. A 2016 Presidential Scholar for the Arts, Mr. Fung has won First Prizes at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in China, George Enescu International Cello Competition in Romania, Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, Stulberg International String Competition and Irving Klein International Competition, the Astral National Auditions, and Second Prize at the 2018 Paulo International Cello Competition in Finland. He has participated at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, the Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia and the Aspen and Giverny Music Festivals. 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. He spent his early years in Oregon, and then he and his family moved 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. Outside of music, he enjoys cinema, reading philosophy and chess.