Yun Zeng

Stattskapelle Berlin / Berliner Philharmoniker














Yun Zeng

Principal horn player of Staatskapelle Berlin, prize winner of numerous international competitions such as ARD (2021), Tchaikovsky (2019), Prague Spring (2018), is considered a rising star in today’s music world.

Yun has appeared as a soloist with Mariinsky Orchestra, Central Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra (as Artist-in-Residence in the Season 2020-2021), Qingdao Symphony Orchestra. Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra. His performances had been broadcast by China Central Television, All-Russia State Television Radio Broadcasting Company, BR-Klassik and In 2020, Yun had been giving a 100-minutes-long recital which was praised by renowned critic Keju Zhang: “…presenting impeccable structural beauty, mellow bel-canto-sound and rich phrasing…” at Jaguar Shanghai Symphony Hall.

Meanwhile, being active on playing in front of orchestra doesn’t stop Yun launching his career in orchestra. Since 2022, he became the principal horn of Staatskapelle Berlin. In November 2023, he won the audition for principal horn position of Berliner Philharmoniker, will start his appointment soon from seaon 24/25. He also appeared as guest hornist with NCPA Orchestra, World Orchestra for Peace, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, Ningbo Symphony Orchestra.

Born into a musical family in the year of 1999, Yun began learning French horn with his father, Jie Zeng, principal horn player of Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, at the age of 6. He was both times the first place in major assessment when admitted to the middle school as well as undergraduate studies of Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in 2011 and 2017 respectively, in the class of prof. Quan Wen. During this period, he was funded by ‘Best of the Best Project’ (2012-2021) – a program designed by the conservatory especially for talented young musicians, and ‘Edifier Musician Foundation’ (2014). In academic year 2019-2020, he was studying in Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève ,supported by Erasmus Project, with prof. Bruno Schneider. In 2021, he received his bachelor’s degree and continued his graduated studies at CCOM.