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The Russian Soul 2019-20

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One cannot speak of Russian music without acknowledging the everlasting contributions of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Their masterpieces for the cello and piano reflect the entire spectrum of human emotions, from deep pain to overwhelming joy, touching the souls of listeners profoundly.

Besides sharing the same heritage, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff also shared similar adversities and struggles during their lifetime, partly due to the Soviet Union’s political regime then. Music became the means through which they could channel their innermost thoughts and feelings, at a time when there was little freedom of thought or creativity. Both composers wrote only one sonata for cello and piano, and both works are monumental and influential in the history of music. Come experience the essence of the passionate Russian soul!


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Romantic Impressions 2019-20

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Travelling through the Golden Age of the cello-piano repertoire, you will discover the timelessness of beloved masterworks by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Francis Poulenc that truly highlight the partnership of music-making. Tender and energetic, expressive and brilliant, this collection of beloved sonatas and pieces takes you to glorious sound worlds of lush colours and harmonies. Praised for its “phenomenal virtuosity” and “stupendous dynamics”, the Cheng2 Duo is sure to sweep you off your feet!


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Ludwig and Beyond 2020-21

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of one of the most influential

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Composers, artists, and visionaries who ever lived, the Cheng2 Duo presents a complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven’s five sonatas for piano and cello. Experience the genius of this composer through not only his artistic output, from Op. 5 to 102, but also his mental and physical evolution, from youth to maturity, hearing to deafness, reality to fantasy.

From summer 2020, the duo will also feature new commissions inspired by the sonatas, written by renowned international composers — the Beethovens of our time. Discover and re-discover chamber music in its most intimate form, courtesy of this great master of the past, and the new masters of the present!


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Bow to Breath

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Join the Cheng2 Duo and renowned clarinetist James Campbell for a dynamic journey through the clarinet trio repertoire: united by their sensitive musicianship, this Canadian dream team is sure to captivate audiences at every turn, from Beethoven’s masterwork Op. 11 to Brahms’s epic tour de force Op. 114, with other delightful and unexpected jewels along the way… Don’t miss this unique and unforgettable experience!


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Cheng2 Duo

Territory represented: Canada, USA

Since debuting at Carnegie Hall in 2011, the Cheng² Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo) continues to be celebrated by audiences and critics alike for its artistic excellence, generous spirit, and compelling vibrancy. Named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, the brother-and-sister duo is formed by 21-year- old cellist Bryan Cheng, recipient of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, and pianist Silvie Cheng, recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for exceptional promise in piano performance.

Quickly becoming an audience favourite wherever they perform, the dynamic Cheng² Duo has been making music together for the past 15 years. Their refreshing approach to making classical music accessible to new audiences of all backgrounds is steeped in a rare balance of infectious joy and enthusiasm in their playing on one hand, and mature, historically-informed, and profound interpretations on the other. With wide-ranging repertoire from baroque to contemporary, from original arrangements inspired by folk music to new commissioned works, the duo has presented engaging recitals in notable concert halls throughout North America (Canada and USA), Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Italy), and Asia (China and South Korea). They have established a reputation for being invited for return engagements at prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NY), the National Gallery of Canada, the Festival of the Sound (ON), Vermont’s Pro-Concert Series, and Ottawa Chamberfest. The duo has also been featured at numerous other international festivals, including Aspen (Colorado, US), Trasimeno (Italy), and CAMMAC (Quebec), as well as on CBC Radio, ICI Musique, Radio-Canada International, Winnipeg Classic 107, Vermont Public Radio, WCRB Classical Music Boston, WCNY Classic FM, Kulturradio RBB Germany and Südwestrundfunk (SWR2) Germany.

Recent concert highlights include debut recitals at Chamber Music at the Clark (Los Angeles), Cecilia Concerts (Halifax), Virtuosi Series (Winnipeg), Indian River Festival (PEI), Toronto Summer Music Festival, Music and Beyond Festival (Ottawa), Concerts at McMaster (Hamilton), and extensive tours throughout Canada and China. Cheng² Duo has released two critically-acclaimed albums on the German label audite: Violonchelo del fuego (2018) featuring Spanish works, and Violoncelle français (2016), which was selected as one of WCRB’s top CDs of 2017. The duo’s recordings have been lauded by international press and publications in France, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, and USA for their “musical sensitivity”, “maturity and perfection”, “extremely imaginative and personal interpretation”, “taste, sure flair for phrasing, and beauty of sound”.

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