Bryan Cheng

Last updated: April 17, 2023

Since recently winning prizes at some of the world’s most prestigious international competitions, including the 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 at age 20 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, 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 at the Berliner Philharmonie playing Saint-Saëns’s Concerto No. 2, returns to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and the NAC Orchestra with Saint-Saëns’s Concerto No. 1, and appears with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra playing Haydn’s Concerto No. 1.

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.

He has released a trilogy of albums on the 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 from Cremona, 1699, graciously provided to him by Canimex Inc. from Drummondville (Québec). He is a recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium and has received scholarships from the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.

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NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

The NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition encourages the pursuit of excellence on the part of young Canadian instrumentalists aspiring to orchestral careers.

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