From Russia with Love

Glinka, Tchaikovsky

SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2019 AT 8 P.M.

Darko Butorac, conductor

Zlatomir Fung, cello

Three thrilling classics for our November concert — we open with Glinka’s rousing overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila. We welcome International Tchaikovsky Competition winner, Zlatomir Fung for Tchaikovsky’s passionate masterpiece, Rococo Variations. The concert highlights Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, his final testament and one of the most gripping and impassioned symphonic statements in the history of music.


Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


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Zlatomir Fung


The Benicia Herald (California) says cellist Zlatomir Fung “shows a mastery of his instrument that is truly a thing to behold.” Currently just 19 years of age, he has already captured First Prize at the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition, the 2016 George Enescu International Cello Competition, the 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, the 2014 Stulberg International String Competition, and the 2014 Irving Klein International Competition. A 2016 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he was also awarded the 2016 Landgrave von Hesse Prize from the Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses. He is a winner of the 2017 Astral National Auditions and the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Mr. Fung has appeared as soloist with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, Grand Rapids Symphony, the State Philharmonic of Sibiu, and the New England Philharmonic, among others. He is regular member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and has been featured on NPR’s “From The Top” six times, as well as on “Performance Today.”

The Second Prize winner of the cello division of the 2013 International Brahms Competition, Mr. Fung was also awarded the Silver Medal in the cello division of the Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 2012. He was the winner of the 2014 Aspen Music Festival Lower Strings Concerto Competition, the 2014 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, a Harvard Musical Association High School Achievement Award, the NEC Prep School Concerto Competition, and the Walden Chamber Players, New England Philharmonic, and Music Worcester competitions. He has participated at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Kronberg Cello Masterclasses, the Heifetz International Music Institute, MusicAlp, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Outside of music, Mr. Fung enjoys philosophy, cinema, and plays chess competitively. He currently studies at The Juilliard School, where he is a Kovner fellow, and a student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy. He has also been a student of Richard Aaron, Julie Albers, Emmanuel Feldman, and Nancy Hair.

Zlatomir Fung appears courtesy of Astral Artists.


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