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...
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.
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.
… 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.