Winner of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, 20-year-old Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng has attracted widespread attention for his natural, virtuosic command of the cello and his mature, impassioned musicianship. He made his
Winner of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, 20-year-old Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng has attracted widespread attention for his natural, virtuosic command of the cello and his mature, impassioned musicianship. He made his orchestral debut at age 10 with the I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra; since then, he has been soloist with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Nouvelle Génération Chamber Orchestra, and Germany’s Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, among others.
Since his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall at age 14, Mr. Cheng has performed in world-class concert halls including Montréal’s Maison Symphonique, Toronto's Koerner Hall, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, Aspen’s Harris Hall, Shanghai’s Poly Grand Theatre, and at international music festivals including Trasimeno, Aspen, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Festival of the Sound. He is 1st-prize winner of the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition, 2nd-prize winner of the OSM Manulife Competition, one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” and a CBC Young Artist of the Year. His debut album Violoncelle français (2016) on German label audite received worldwide acclaim, and he will record his sophomore album this fall in Berlin. Recital tours with pianist Silvie Cheng have brought them to 10 cities in Atlantic Canada, 13 cities in China, and during his recent 12-city tour as soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Mr. Cheng performed across this country from coast to coast.
Over the years, Mr. Cheng has accumulated a concert repertoire spanning five centuries, and is equally committed to both traditional masterworks and the music of his time. Mr. Cheng has commissioned and given over half a dozen world premieres in North America, including the world premiere of two pieces by Canadian composer Alexina Louie at his second Carnegie Hall recital; the North American premiere of a cello concerto by British-Russian composer Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei) at Koerner Hall with the Esprit Orchestra; and most recently, the world premiere of a multimedia project featuring five new Canadian works by composers from all regions of the country at the National Gallery of Canada.
2017-2018 highlights include his solo debut with the Niagara Symphony, debut recitals with pianist Silvie Cheng at Cornwall Concert Series; Virtuosi Concert Series (Winnipeg); and Chamber Music at the Clark (Los Angeles); a 14-city tour in Ontario/Québec with Jeunesses Musicales Canada; and a two-week tour across British Columbia.
Mr. Cheng plays a rare 1754 Venetian cello by Bartolomeo Tassini.
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