Zlatomir Fung (cello) and Benjamin Hochman (piano). (photo from vanrecital.com)
The Vancouver Recital Society (VRS) presents American cellist Zlatomir Fung and Israeli pianist Benjamin Hochman at the Vancouver Playhouse Jan. 15. Fung has racked up a slew of awards: in 2019, he was the first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, cello division, and was the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2020 and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2022.
The Juilliard alum was originally booked for the VRS in 2020 but the pandemic thwarted plans. In January, Fung will perform with Hochman, who first performed in a VRS series in 2003, with violinist Elisabeth Batiashvili. Hochman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank, and the Mannes College of Music, where he studied with Richard Goode.
The concert repertoire will feature the music of Yuri Shaporin (6 Pieces, arranged for cello and piano by Viktor Kubatsky), Nikolay Sokolov (Romance for Cello and Piano, Op. 19), Leo Ornstein (6 Preludes for Cello and Piano), Alexander Glazunov (Entr’acte from Raymonda, Op. 57, arranged for cello and piano) and Dmitri Shostakovich (Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40).
Tickets for the Jan. 15, 3 p.m., concert can be purchased at vanrecital.com.