Bryan Cheng

Soloists and Duos   Artists with Orchestra  

Following recent prize-winning successes at some of the world’s most prestigious international competitions, including Queen Elisabeth, Concours de Genève, and Paulo, Canadian-born, Berlin-based cellist Bryan Cheng has established himself as one of the most compelling young artists on the classical...

Following recent prize-winning successes at some of the world’s most prestigious international competitions, including Queen Elisabeth, Concours de Genève, and Paulo, Canadian-born, Berlin-based cellist Bryan Cheng has established himself as one of the most compelling young artists on the classical music scene. He made his sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut at age 14, his Elbphilharmonie debut aged 20 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Joshua Weilerstein), and in 2022 was the first cellist to be awarded the coveted Prix Yves Paternot in recognition of the Verbier Festival Academy’s most promising and accomplished musician.

In the 2022-23 season, Bryan makes his ›Debüt im Deutschlandfunk Kultur‹ with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Alpesh Chauhan) at the Berliner Philharmonie playing Saint-Saëns No. 2, returns to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Laurence Equilbey) with Beethoven Triple and National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa (Yan Pascal Tortelier) with Saint-Saëns No. 1, and appears with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (Christian Arming) playing Haydn No. 1, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Raiskin) playing Korngold and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke (Jean-Michel Malouf) playing Elgar, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (Marc David) playing Saint-Saëns No. 2, and Wiener Stadtorchester.

Previous solo highlights include appearances with the Brussels Philharmonic at BOZAR, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at Victoria Hall, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, and Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester, as well as a coast-to-coast Canadian tour with the National Youth Orchestra as winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Michael Measures Prize. Bryan has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as Giordano Bellincampi, Jonathan Darlington, Stéphane Denève, Jacques Lacombe, Susanna Mälkki, Peter Oundjian, Matthias Pintscher, and Dalia Stasevska.

As member of the Cheng² Duo, CelloFellos, and as chamber musician, Bryan performs extensively across the globe. He has had the privilege of working with partners such as Angela Hewitt, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, and Antje Weithaas. Recital and festival highlights this season include debuts at Munich’s Gasteig, Berliner Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal, and Orford Musique, re-invitations to the Großer Saal of the Elbphilharmonie, Brussels’ Flagey, Halifax’s Cecilia Concert Series and Port Hope’s Friends of Music, recital tours throughout South Africa, the Pacific Northwest (California, Idaho, Montana, Washington), and Vancouver Island, as well as appearances at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Poland’s Krzyżowa Festival, and Québec’s OSM Virée classique, in recital with violinist Andrew Wan.

He has released a trilogy of albums on German label audite—Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016)—which has been critically-acclaimed by The Times (UK), ddeutsche Zeitung, ORF Radio (Austria), WCRB Classical Radio Boston, and BBC Radio Scotland, among others.

Bryan plays the “Dubois” Antonio Stradivarius cello, Cremona, 1699 graciously provided to him by Canimex Inc. from Drummondville (Québec). He is a recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium and has been supported by the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation with generous multiyear scholarships.

© Harald Hoffmann

Reviews

About his concert with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, November 11, 2022:
The great thing about the Pouliot-Cheng-Hewitt trio was that from the moment Bryan Cheng took the floor, we were reassured that this performance was from the perspective of dialogue (the almost mischievous games between Pouliot and Cheng) and reason. No one was going to try to be a big shot here, and all three soloists were playing in the same register of warm dialogue, which suits Angela Hewitt very well indeed.
In this trio, Bryan Cheng must really be mentioned as the one who set the tone. The more we hear this cellist, the more we like this simplicity, this art of not forcing anything. And the 1699 Stradivarius cello provided to him by the Canimex Foundation is a pure marvel.

— Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

The internationally acclaimed, Berlin-based soloist is one of those wonderful artists who oozes confidence and conviction, knowing exactly what he wants to say with his music-making, and how to bring his ideas to life with plenty of personality and pizzazz.

The highly expressive player’s knack at easily slipping between the estimated 20-minute work’s [Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations] shifting moods were displayed throughout, from the second variation’s playful dialogue with orchestra as a particular highlight, to his soulful, recitative-like cadenzas worthy of an opera diva…Cheng’s richly resonant tone particularly in his lowest register allowed his lyrical, cantilena lines to sing during the sixth variation, while skipping through quicksilver runs during the fourth, performed with bulls-eye rhythmic acuity.

— Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

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.

— Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

… 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

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

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
© Harald Hoffmann
© Nikolaj Lund
© Nikolaj Lund

Calendar

April

19 April 2023
20 April 2023

June

14 June 2023

Contacts

Agent Canada and United States   Annick-Patricia Carrière 1 514-529-5717