NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Younger Artist Zlatomir Fung Performs “Cumbia Concerto”


Mexican composer Horacio Fernández’s “Cumbia Concerto” was written and produced in collaboration with VC Younger Artist Zlatomir Fung. The piece blends the instrumentation and type of the cello concerto with the types, rhythms, and textures of Mexican Cumbia. 

Carried out with a backing monitor, the concerto was influenced by Cumbia — a Colombian dance fashion — and the “Kolombia” counterculture motion, which originated within the Independencia neighborhood of Monterrey, Mexico. 

“Horacio and I labored carefully on the solo cello a part of Cumbia Concerto, particularly the cadenza,” Zlatomir instructed The Violin Channel. “Horacio had an intuitive really feel for the gestures he needed to listen to from the cello. We tossed round concepts to search out figurations that will embolden the music’s harmonic spine.

“I used to be invigorated by Horacio’s ardour for mixing the soulful rhythms and textures of Cumbia music with the classical concerto kind,” he continued. “Working with him jogged my memory that music-making is alive and in a relentless state of transformation.”


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Cumbia originated within the nineteenth century as a mode of courtship dance, created by enslaved Africans on the coasts of Caribbean international locations and Colombia. In the present day, it has unfold throughout Latin American international locations, the place its rhythms and devices have been mixed with digital, nation, and hip-hop types, in keeping with Masterclass.

Dropped at Mexico within the Forties, Cumbia has served, for a whole technology of Mexicans, as a “protect that protects our coronary heart from the challenges of residing in a rustic with varied social difficulties,” Horacio says. “It’s music that makes us really feel at residence, wherever we’re.”

At present finding out composition at The Juilliard College, Horacio writes music that mixes city and western classical traditions, significantly these of Latin America. Winner of the New Juilliard Ensemble Competitors, he was commissioned to put in writing this cello concerto to premiere in Might 2021.

A Juilliard College graduate finding out below Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy, Zlatomir Fung was the youngest musician ever to win first prize on the Tchaikovsky Worldwide Cello Competitors in 2019. He’s additionally a recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Profession Grant and the 2022 Borletti-Buittoni Belief Award.