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Bryan Cheng

Last updated: March 20, 2023

The first cellist to win Grand Prize at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition (2019), and the first-ever Canadian laureate at the prestigious International Paulo 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 the age of 10 with I Musici de Montréal, his Carnegie Hall recital debut at 14, and his Elbphilharmonie debut in 2018 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Highlights of the 2019–20 season include a solo appearance with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a Panama tour with Orchestra of the Americas, recitals as cellist of the Cheng² Duo in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal’s Salle Bourgie, as well as a European tour of his Beethoven 2020 project, Ludwig & Beyond. Festival appearances include Russia’s Trans-Siberian Art Festival, Italy’s Trasimeno Festival and Orford Musique.

Bryan Cheng has released a trilogy of albums on German label audite: Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018) and Violoncelle français (2016). He currently studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz, and plays the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Upcoming events

  1. Under the baton of guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, Cheng and the NAC Orchestra perform Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 … read more

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