Top prize laureate of the VI International Paulo Cello Competition, 21-year-old Canadian Bryan Cheng is hailed internationally for his “absolutely astonishing” (La Presse, Montréal) command of the cello, “dreamy beauty” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and “abundant facility, innate musicality, and sense of joy” (New York Concert Review). He made his solo debut at age 10 with the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal under the baton of Yuli Turovsky, his Carnegie Hall recital debut at 14, and most recently, his Elbphilharmonie solo debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and conductor Joshua Weilerstein in 2018.
Solo highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include appearances with Finland’s Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and Tapiola Sinfonietta (conducting from the cello); Germany’s Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester and Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim; New York’s Adelphi Orchestra; Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Niagara and Okanagan Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Esprit Orchestra, collaborating with such esteemed conductors as Susanna Mälkki, Peter Oundjian, David Geringas, Eva Ollikainen, and Alain Trudel. In 2017, after being awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, Bryan embarked on a 12-city coast-to-coast Canadian tour as soloist with Canada’s National Youth Orchestra and conductor Jonathan Darlington. 2018 distinctions include 2nd-prize and two special prizes at the TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg, Grand Prize at Adelphi Orchestra International Competition in NYC, and a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.
Bryan has released two critically-acclaimed albums on German classical label audite: Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016), which was selected as one of WCRB Classical Radio Boston’s top 8 CDs of 2017. Both recordings have been lauded by international press and publications in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, and USA for their “musical sensitivity”, “maturity and perfection”, “extremely imaginative and personal interpretation”, “taste, sure flair for phrasing, and beauty of sound”. His third album with audite, a double CD featuring Russian music, will be released spring 2019.
Bryan is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the studio of Jens Peter Maintz. He plays on the ca.1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello and the ca. 1830 Shaw Adam bow, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of their 2018 Competition.