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  • MENDELSSOHN: Variations Concertantes, Op. 17 

  • R. SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

  • COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON: Lamentations: Black/Folk Song Suite for solo cello 

  • BARTÓK: Rhapsody No. 1 for Cello and Piano 

  • FRANCK: Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano 

Celebrate the Philharmonic Society's opening night with International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello winner (2019) Zlatomir Fung and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, pianist Benjamin Hochman, in a recital featuring Franck's famous Sonata in A major, Bartók's Rhapsody No. 1, and more.

The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division (2019), Zlatomir Fung has already proven himself to be a star among the next generation of world-class musicians. Of Bulgarian-Chinese heritage, Zlatomir Fung began playing cello at age three. Fung currently studies at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy.

Jerusalem-born pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent and virtuosic performances blend artistic bravura with poetic interpretation. Winner of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Hochman has established an international musical presence. Benjamin Hochman’s latest album on Avie Records, Variations, was named by The New York Times one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015. Currently on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music, Mr. Hochman is a Steinway Artist.

The cellist showed a mastery of his instrument that was truly a thing to behold... He executed his pure talent, maneuvering the strings with exquisite control as he created his own musical mosaic.

Benicia Herald


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