Zlatomir Fung


The first American in four decades and 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. A 2020 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Fung’s impeccable technique demonstrates a mastery of the canon and an exceptional insight into the depths of contemporary repertoire.

Summer 2021 debuts include La Jolla Chamber Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland, Bravo! Vail, Aspen Music Festival, and Rockport Chamber Music Festival. In the fall, he opens Ann Arbor Symphony’s season and is presented by Harvard Musical Association before making his Carnegie Hall Weill Recital debut. He returns to Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in January for two evenings with BalletX and the Calidore Quartet to give the Philadelphia premiere of a new work by Anna Clyne. He tours Italy, Russia, China, and Japan with orchestras and in recital.

Of Bulgarian-Chinese heritage, Zlatomir Fung began playing cello at age three. Fung studied at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy.