Zlatomir Fung is the winner of the Enescu Competition 2016, after a Final with standing ovations, where he performed George Enescu’s Symphonie Concertante for Cello for the first time in the history of the Competition
Zlatomir Fung is the winner of the Enescu Competition 2016, after a Final with standing ovations, where he performed George Enescu’s Symphonie Concertante for Cello, Op. 8 for the first time in the history of the Competition. Anastaskia Kobekina ranked second, while Mon Puo Lee ranked third.
Zlatomir Fung from the United States of America, aged 17, won on Tuesday night the First Prize of the Cello Section at the George Enescu International Competition 2016, at the end of a Cello Final rewarded with ovations, where he performed George Enescu’s Symphonie Concertante for Cello Op. 8 for the first time in the history of the Competition, accompanied by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Alexandre Bloch, following his dream of becoming one of the great musicians of the world. The second prize went to Anastasia Kobekina (Russia), and the third prize to Mon Puo Lee (Spain).
The results were announced by renowned cellist David Geringas, President of the Jury at the Cello Section on Tuesday night on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.
First prize of the George Enescu International Competition 2016 amounts to EUR 15,000, second prize is EUR 10,000, and the third prize is EUR 5,000. Moreover, the winner of the Enescu Competition 2016 has the chance to perform on the stage of the Enescu Festival, together with some of the most important orchestras of the world. Conductor Alexandre Bloch also gave a special prize to the young cellist ranked second Anastasia Kobekina consisiting of a performance under his batton and acompanied by Orchestre National de Lille in the 2017-2018 season. Also, Frans Helmerson, a member of the jury of the Cello Section gave a special prize: a scholarship at Kronberg Academy to a semifinalist of the Enescu Competition 2016: Jamal Aliyev from Turkey.
The trophy of the Enescu Competition 2016, offered to the three young artists, is made of crystal and granite by Iulia Năstase and Mihai Băncilă.
The prize for best piano accompanist, with a value of 4.000 euro, went to pianist Han Wen Jennifer Yu for Enescu’s Cello Sonata in f minor (posthumous work).
Zlatomir Fung (United States of America) is only 17 years old and he is in the last year of study at the Chamber Music section at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He has given concerts as a soloist with orchestras such as Santa Cruz Symphony, The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Peninsula Orchestra, The Grand Rapids Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica and Lausanne Sinfonietta. Zlatomir Fung marked a first in the history of the Enescu Competition, performing the Symphonie Concertante, Op. 8 by George Enescu for the first time in a final. Fung rehearsed with an iPad, not a usual score, on paper, and he turned the pages using an electronic pedal.
At the young age of 22, Anastasia Kobekina (Russia) has given concerts as a soloist with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as Moscow Virtuosi, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, National Russian Philharmonic and Mariinsky Theater Orchestra. Holder of a Master’s degree from the famous Yale University-Master of Music, Anastasia Kobekina performs on a high quality cello, built by Stephan von Baehr and offered by the German Foundation for Musical Life.
Mon Puo Lee (Spain) is 22 years old and he has a Bachelor’s degree from the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía. Since 2015, he has been a student of the UDK Berlin. He has worked with various orchestras as a soloist: Chamber Orchestra of Andrés Segovia, Tonyeong Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Clásica a Santa Cecilia.
“I dream ceaselessly. I want to play music for as long as I am alive.” – these are the words of George Enescu, brought back to life at the 2016 edition of the Enescu Competition, in a challenge launched to young artists and to the audience alike: “Give life to your dream!”. We are the sum of our dreams, as individuals and as a society. Enescu Competition 2016 invites us to acknowledge and celebrate the dreams that take us further, from the perspective of the selected young artists competing at this edition, as well as from that of the audience coming to support them at the Romanian Athenaeum. At the end of the Enescu Competition 2016, the audience will be invited to attend a surprise event organized at the Romanian Athenaeum, which will highlight the most beautiful lifetime dreams written by the spectators in the “Give Life to Your Dream!” App, available on www.festivalenescu.ro
Between September 3 and 25, 196 young artists from all over the world are coming to Bucharest to give life to their dream of becoming great artists of the world, at the 2016 edition of the George Enescu International Competition. The prizes have a total value of EUR 115,000, with the added possibility of performing on the stage of the Enescu Festival, as well as special prizes and international promotion opportunities.