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Zlatomir Fung, Cellist

with Janice Carissa, Pianist



Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Photo by Matt Dine

Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00 pm / Logan House

at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023

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All-Brahms Program:
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Op. 78 (arr. for cello and piano)
"Unbewegte Laue Luft" Op. 57, No. 8 (arr. for cello and piano)
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

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A Reception followed the performance.



Zlatomir Fung, Cellist

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Photo by Matt Dine

First Prize and Gold Medal, XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition
in St. Petersburg, Russia (2019)

New York WQXRís "20 for '20 Artists to Watch for the Upcoming Year"
New York Times' "Classical Concerts You Won't Want to Miss!"
First Prize, 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition
First Prize, 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize
Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert Prize
Slomovic Soloist Prize
Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize
Embassy Series Prize
Lied Center of Kansas Prize
Paramount Theater Prize
Sunday Musicale Prize
2017 Astral National Auditions
2016 Presidential Scholar for the Arts
First Prize, George Enescu International Cello Competition (Romania)
First Prize, Irving Klein International Competition

"Mr. Fung displayed clean, warmly resonant tone, a gift for dynamic finesse, and a depth of feeling remarkable in one so young. He established himself as both a poet and virtuoso of the highest order in this wide-ranging, thrillingly-played program."

"Zlatomir Fung brought a rich, warm tone, impeccable intonation, appreciation for dynamic shading and thoughtful phrasing to the Schumann Cello Concerto (with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra)."

BENICIA HERALD (California):
"In the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Fung showed a mastery of his instrument that was truly a thing to behold. He was lost in the magic of the music, maneuvering the strings with exquisite control as he created his own musical mosaic."

"The Saint-SaŽns concerto demands technically flawless execution, and here Fung delivered hands down. This was a spectacular performance."


Cellist Zlatomir Fung captured the Gold Medal at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition with his dynamic competition performances, including the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. 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 WQXRís "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, Ann Arbor 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. This season, he performs Dvorak as soloist with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Lalo with the Asheville Symphony, and Schumann with the Aiken Symphony.

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, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert Prize and in Washington, DC's Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize. He also won special performance prizes from: the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Embassy Series in Washington D.C., Friends of Music Concerts, Paramount Theatre, Lied Center of Kansas, Sunday Musicale, and the Slomovic Prize for sponsorship of an Orchestra Partnership Project concerto engagement.

His appearance this season 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 NPRís 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. Mr. Fung holds The Anne & George Popkin Cello Chair of YCA.




Zlatomir Fung is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.


Janice Carissa, Pianist


Janice Carissa, Pianist

2019 Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund recipient

Janice Carissa, from Surabaya, Indonesia, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013 and studies piano with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full tuition scholarships, and Ms. Carissa is the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellow.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ms. Carissa was recently awarded the 2018 Career Grant Winner of Charlotte Whiteís Salon De Virtuosi. She will perform at WQXRís Greene Space in New York in November. In Summer 2018, Ms. Carissa participated at Ravinia Steans Music Institute Summer Festival and premiered the Timo Andres Piano Trio, which she would play in Raviniaís 2019 Tour along with Miriam Fried and her colleagues. Following her success at Ravinia, Ms. Carissa was also invited to collaborate with players of Berlin Philharmonikerís Scharoun Ensemble in Poland at Penderecki Center, performing works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Bach. Her upcoming 2020 engagements include a recital tour series with cellist Zlatomir Fung.




Ms. Carissa was a Young Scholar of Lang Langís International Music Foundation; the runner-up in the 2014 piano competition at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival and School; Star Performance Award Winner of the 2012 American Protťgť International Music Talent Competition in New York; the runner-up in Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition in 2011; and the Top Prize Winner of the IBLA Foundationís 2006 International Piano Competition.

Janice CarissaMs. Carissa has been featured on television and radio, including Indonesia Mencari Bakat, Inspirasi Pagi, Sang Juara, Global TV, RCTI, Trans TV, BC TV, Metro TV, TV One, Voice of America, WHYY-TV, WXQRís Greene Space, and National Public Radioís From the Top.

Recent career highlights include her debut with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart Piano Concerto and a solo recital tour in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Long Island, and New York. She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea; Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra; Symphony in C; the Eastern Wind Symphony; Bay Atlantic Symphony; and appears regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Concert Series. She also has performed at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris for the Auditorium opening in 2016. Other notable venues include The Sydney Opera House, Stern and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Miller Theater in Columbia University, the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, the Kimmel Center, United Nations in New York, Oxford Universityís St. Hildaís College, Chicagoís Jay Priztker Pavilion, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Sydney Opera House, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Musicís Concert Hall in Warsaw, Theatre Hall of the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and performances in Rimini, Ragusa, and Cesena in Italy.

In 2011, Ms. Carissa performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Bogor and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali. 


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