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Bryan Cheng

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Agent (Canada, USA)

Territory represented: Canada, USA

The first cellist to win Grand Prize at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition (2019), and the first-ever Canadian laureate at the prestigious Paulo International Cello Competition, 22-year-old Bryan Cheng has already secured a distinctive place in the world of classical music. He made his solo debut at age 10 with the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, his Carnegie Hall recital debut at 14, and his Elbphilharmonie debut in 2018 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and conductor Joshua Weilerstein.

Highlights of the 2019-20 season include solo appearances with the OSM and Matthias Pintscher, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, a Panama tour with Orchestra of the Americas; recitals as cellist of the Cheng² Duo in Los Angeles, San Diego, Michigan, New York, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montréal’s Salle Bourgie, as well as a European tour of its Beethoven 2020 project, Ludwig & Beyond, to Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt, and London. Festival appearances include Russia’s Trans-Siberian Art Festival, Germany’s Kammermusikfestival Spannungen, Italy’s Trasimeno Festival, Québec’s Virée classique and Orford Musique.

Bryan has released a trilogy of albums on German label audite, critically-acclaimed in a dozen countries: Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016). He currently studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz, and plays the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.

What the media says…

“Bryan Cheng [recipient of the 2017 Michael Measures Prize] has shown a depth of sensitivity and maturity that will secure him a distinctive place in the world of classical music.” — Canada Council for the Arts

“… Bryan Cheng on his Tassini cello achieves powerfully contoured bass tones and the finest, tenderest heights with stupendous dynamics, sounding always cantabile, always beautiful, always perfectly in tune, and absolutely captivating.” — Pizzicato Magazine, Luxembourg

“Cheng sings the melancholy without schmaltz; the bitterness he gets exactly. Thus de Falla’s “Siete canciones” become razor-sharp character pieces and Cassadó’s solo suite an affair of austere, severe, yet dreamy beauty.” — Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

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