Yun Zeng

At the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019, Yun Zeng became the first ever gold medallist in the competition’s brass category, at the age of 19. Two years later, at the 70th ARD International Music Competition, he was the first Asian horn player and first Chinese wind player to be awarded the 2nd prize, as well as two special prizes respectively for best performance of the commissioned work and for best semifinal performance awarded by the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist, Yun has interpreted many works for his instrument with Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra (where he was Artist-in-Residence in the 2020–2021 season), among other engagements. This activity as a soloist with orchestra has not, however, prevented Yun from launching his orchestral career. In 2022, he joined the Staatskapelle Berlin as Principal Horn. He also serves as Guest Principal Horn of the NCPA Orchestra and appeared as a guest of the World Orchestra for Peace, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and others.

Born into a family of horn players in 1999, Yun began lessons on the French horn with his father at the age of 6. He was admitted to the Middle School as well as undergraduate studies at China’s Central Conservatory of Music respectively in 2011 and 2017.