First Prize winner of the UNISA International Strings Competition in Pretoria (2022), as well as 2nd Prize and Audience Prize of the Geneva International Music Competition (2021), Canadian Bryan Cheng (b. 1997) is acclaimed as “a fine artist, distinguished, of...
First Prize winner of the UNISA International Strings Competition in Pretoria (2022), as well as 2nd Prize and Audience Prize of the Geneva International Music Competition (2021), Canadian Bryan Cheng (b. 1997) is acclaimed as “a fine artist, distinguished, of great class” (Le Devoir) and for the “dreamy beauty” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) of his music-making. He made his sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut at age 14, his Elbphilharmonie debut in 2018 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and he will give his Debüt im Deutschlandfunk Kultur in 2022-23, with the Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin at the Berliner Philharmonie.
Solo highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include his debut at the Musical Olympus Festival with the St.
Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Festival de Lanaudière with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, performances with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at Victoria Hall, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Stadtorchester,Tapiola Sinfonietta, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, and the
Winnipeg, Springfield (MO), Kingston, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Okanagan, Niagara, Lahti, and Schleswig-Holstein symphonies; a coast-to-coast Canadian tour with the National Youth Orchestra as winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Michael Measures Prize; and a residency with the Orchestra of the Americas. Bryan has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as Jonathan Darlington, Jacques Lacombe, Susanna Mälkki, Peter Oundjian, Matthias Pintscher, Dalia Stasevska, and Joshua Weilerstein.
As cellist of the Cheng² Duo and chamber musician, Bryan performs extensively across the globe. He has had the privilege of working with partners such as Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, and Antje Weithaas. 2021-22 season highlights include recitals in Dresden (Frauenkirche), Hamburg, Brussels (Flagey), Paris, London, Berlin, San Diego,Toronto, Edmonton, and South Africa, as well as appearances at Québec’s Orford Musique and OSM Virée classique, Germany’s Heidelberger Frühling Festival, and Italy’s Trasimeno Festival, in recital with pianist Angela Hewitt. He has released a trilogy of albums on German label audite—Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncellefrançais (2016)—which has been critically-acclaimed by The Times (UK), Süddeutsche Zeitung, ORF Radio (Austria), WCRB Classical Radio Boston, and BBC Radio Scotland, among others.
Bryan plays the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello and ca. 1830 Shaw Adam bow, generously on loan from the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of its 2018 Competition. He has been supported by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation with generous multiyear scholarships.
About his concert at the Festival de Lanaudière, Québec, Summer 2021.
… he is a fine artist, distinguished, of great class… Bryan Cheng made a brilliant debut in the amphitheater.
… 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.
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.
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.
Bryan combines a dark, robust tone with jaw-dropping bravura…
brilliant…appear[ing] in fresh colours and afford[ing] much pleasure.
Queen Elisabeth Competition, Finale 2022
Concours de Genève, Cello Semi-Final 2021
With the OSM | Dvořák Cello Concerto
Haydn, Cello Concerto / Symphonieorchester der UdK Berlin