Bryan Cheng

Soloists and Duos   Artists with Orchestra  

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, 23-year-old Bryan Cheng has already secured a distinctive place in the world of...

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, 23-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.

Solo highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include appearances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, and Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, as well as the Okanagan, Springfield, Adelphi, Niagara, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Lahti, and Schleswig-Holstein symphonies; a coast-to-coast Canadian tour with the National Youth Orchestra as 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize winner; and a residency with the Orchestra of the Americas, collaborating with such esteemed conductors as Matthias Pintscher, Susanna Mälkki, Peter Oundjian, Joshua Weilerstein, and Jonathan Darlington.

As cellist of the Cheng² Duo and chamber musician, Bryan performs in recital across the globe – the upcoming season takes him to Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montréal’s Salle Bourgie, on a European tour of the Duo’s Beethoven 250 project, Ludwig & Beyond, and to Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Russia’s Trans-Siberian Art Festival, Germany’s Kammermusikfestival Spannungen, and Italy’s Trasimeno Festival, among others. He has released a trilogy of albums on German label audite that has been critically-acclaimed in a dozen countries: Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016).

Bryan currently studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz. He 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 their 2018 Competition.

© Harald Hoffmann

Reviews

… 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)

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 (Canada)

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)

Bryan combines a dark, robust tone with jaw-dropping bravura…

— The WholeNote (Canada)

brilliant…appear[ing] in fresh colours and afford[ing] much pleasure.

— The Times (United Kingdom)

Videos

Dvorak, Cello Concerto

Beethoven, Sonata No. 4

Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1

Bach, Cello Suite No. 3

Brahms, Cello Sonata No.1

Photos

© Harald Hoffmann
© Swanhild Kruckelmann
© Harald Hoffmann
© Nikolaj Lund
© Nikolaj Lund

Calendar

December

1 December 2020

Bryan Cheng - Maison Symphonique de Montréal

Montréal, Québec, Canada
3 December 2020

Bryan Cheng - Maison Symphonique de Montréal

Montréal, Québec, Canada

February

12 February 2021

Bryan Cheng - Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra

St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

March

20 March 2021

Bryan Cheng - Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Contacts

Agent Canada and United States   Annick-Patricia Carrière 1 514-529-5717
Agent Orchestras Canada and United States   Claudia Berardi 1 514-529-0139