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BRYAN CHENG

/ CELLO

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, he 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. He is the 2023 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize, the nation’s highest honour for young musicians.


Recent highlights include his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Berliner Philharmonie in the „Debüt im Deutschlandfunk Kultur“ series (other noted artists who performed in this series at the beginning of their careers include Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pré, Cecilia Bartoli, Isabelle Faust, Evgeny Kissin, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Renaud Capuçon, etc.), debuts with the Slovak and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras, returns to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, among others.

Upcoming major debuts include the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Michael Sanderling), Orchestre Métropolitain (Louis Langrée), hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt (Erina Yashima), Bochumer Symphoniker (Nil Venditti), Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (Robert Moody), Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (Daniel Raiskin), Orquesta Reino de Aragón (Ricardo Casero), Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, Romanian National Symphony Orchestra at Choriner Musiksommer, as well as returns to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Cape Town Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of India, Winnipeg Symphony, and I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra, premiering a brand-new double concerto by Denis Gougeon.

 

In the 2023/24 concert season, Bryan Cheng is Artist-in-Residence of the “Banatul” Philharmonic Orchestra of Timisoara, Romania, presenting several symphonic and chamber concerts in the frame of the city’s 2023 European Capital of Culture season. He takes on the same role at Switzerland's Week-End Musical de Pully 2024, featuring both of his duos in addition to performing as soloist in Gulda's Cello Concerto.


Bryan Cheng has appeared with orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Helsinki Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, and with esteemed conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Martyn Brabbins, Susanna Mälkki, Alpesh Chauhan, Matthias Pintscher, Dalia Stasevska, Christian Arming, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Giordano Bellincampi, Jonathan Darlington and Laurence Equilbey.

 

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 Gidon Kremer, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Angela Hewitt, Till Fellner, Viviane Hagner and Antje Weithaas. 


Forthcoming recital highlights include performances with Sir András Schiff at the Verbier Festival and Wigmore Hall, debuts at the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kronberg Festival, Chamberfest Cleveland, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Banff International String Quartet Festival, and returns to Heidelberger Frühling, Beethovenfest Bonn, Ottawa Chamberfest, Montréal’s Salle Bourgie, Toronto’s Walter Hall, Halifax’s Cecilia Concert Series, Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre, Chamberfest Cheboygan, and Festival of the Sound. 

Bryan has released a trilogy of critically-acclaimed albums on German classical label audite: Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016), and his newest recital album Portrait (2023) on Centrediscs, featuring commissioned works and own arrangements by composers of diverse Asian heritage, was nominated for 2 JUNO awards.

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. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Universität der Künste Berlin under the tutelage of Jens Peter Maintz and is now enrolled in the Professional Studies program at Germany’s Kronberg Academy in the studio of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

BRYAN CHENG

Canada's Council for the Arts' 
Virginia Parker Prize 2023

Prize Winner
Queen Elisabeth Competition 
Concours de Genève
Paulo Competition



CONTACT
Dacian Predan-Hallabrin
dacian@predan-hallabrin.com


REPRESENTATION
European management

Partner managers:
Agence station bleue (Canada, USA)
MPC Music Management (Latin America)
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VIDEOS

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 (I) | Bryan Cheng
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Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 (I) | Bryan Cheng
Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 00:25 - I. Allegro moderato e maestoso - Andante sostenuto (excerpt) Bryan Cheng, cello Alpesh Chauhan, conductor Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Live performance at Philharmonie Berlin, Großer Saal June 2023 Audio: Deutschlandfunk Kultur Video: Yunus Tuncalı
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 (II) | Bryan Cheng
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Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 (II) | Bryan Cheng
Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 II. Allegro non troppo - Cadenza - Tempo I - Molto allegro Bryan Cheng, cello Alpesh Chauhan, conductor Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Live performance at Philharmonie Berlin, Großer Saal June 2023 Audio: Deutschlandfunk Kultur Video: Yunus Tuncalı
Dvořák Concerto n. 2 in B minor op. 104 B 191| Bryan Cheng - Queen Elisabeth Competition 2022
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Dvořák Concerto n. 2 in B minor op. 104 B 191| Bryan Cheng - Queen Elisabeth Competition 2022
© RTBF, VRT, Queen Elisabeth Competition ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Concerto n. 2 in B minor op. 104 B 191 Bryan Cheng, cello Brussels Philharmonic, dir. Stéphane Denève Queen Elisabeth Competition - Cello 2022 | Final Brussels Centre for Fine Arts / Henry Le Boeuf Hall More #Cello2022 videos: • https://queenelisabethcompetition.be/en/competitions-details-watch-listen/events/cello-2022/ • https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/emissions/detail_concours-reine-elisabeth?id=11357 • https://www.vrt.be/vrtnu/a-z/koningin-elisabethwedstrijd/
75e Concours de Genève - Bryan Cheng, 2nd Prize Cello 2021
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75e Concours de Genève - Bryan Cheng, 2nd Prize Cello 2021
75e CONCOURS GENÈVE - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION CELLO 2021 - FINAL ROUND WITH ORCHESTRA Thursday 28 Oct. | 7:00 PM, Victoria Hall, Geneva Bryan Cheng, 24 years old, Canada E. Elgar, Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 1. Adagio – moderato 2. Lento – Allegro molto 3. Adagio 4. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non troppo – Poco più lento With the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Georg Fritzsch Audio: RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse © Concours de Genève www.concoursgeneve.ch
El cant dels ocells (Song of the Birds) | Bryan Cheng | National Youth Orchestra of Canada
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El cant dels ocells (Song of the Birds) | Bryan Cheng | National Youth Orchestra of Canada
#BryanCheng #Cello #NYO Bryan Cheng, cello National Youth Orchestra of Canada Cellists Arrangement by Chris Paul Harman Recorded live at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver August 15, 2017
Korngold Cello Concerto in C, Op. 37 (excerpt I) | Bryan Cheng
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Korngold Cello Concerto in C, Op. 37 (excerpt I) | Bryan Cheng
Bryan Cheng, cello Banatul Philharmonic of Timișoara Sergey Simakov, conductor Excerpt from live performance at Sala Mihai Perian, Liceul de Artă „Ion Vidu” Timișoara November 2022
Korngold Cello Concerto in C, Op. 37 (excerpt III) | Bryan Cheng
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Korngold Cello Concerto in C, Op. 37 (excerpt III) | Bryan Cheng
Bryan Cheng, cello Banatul Philharmonic of Timișoara Sergey Simakov, conductor Excerpt from live performance at Sala Mihai Perian, Liceul de Artă „Ion Vidu” Timișoara November 2022
Korngold Cello Concerto in C, Op. 37 (excerpt II) | Bryan Cheng
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Korngold Cello Concerto in C, Op. 37 (excerpt II) | Bryan Cheng
Bryan Cheng, cello Banatul Philharmonic of Timișoara Sergey Simakov, conductor Excerpt from live performance at Sala Mihai Perian, Liceul de Artă „Ion Vidu” Timișoara November 2022

PHOTOS