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CHENG² DUO

Rooted by a sibling bond that transcends the familial, the Cheng² Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo) transfixes listeners through its impassioned expressivity and contagious joy—critics have hailed their performances as “brilliant” (The Sunday Times, UK), “truly exhilarating” (The WholeNote, Canada), and “absolutely captivating…through a tremendous mastery of their instruments” (Pizzicato Magazine, Luxembourg). 
 

Cellist Bryan Cheng, prizewinner of the 2022 Queen Elisabeth Competition and Verbier Festival’s coveted Prix Yves Paternot, and pianist Silvie Cheng, 2022-23 Cecilia Concerts Musician-in-Residence and National Arts Club Artist Fellow, have been making music together for nearly their entire lives. Since officially forming the Cheng² Duo at their 2011 Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut, their artistry has left lasting impressions across the globe, with extensive tours to illustrious concert halls and international festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

In the 2023/24 season, the duo will appear as guest soloists with the Banatul Philharmonic (Romania), embark on multi-week tours in Canada and South Africa, and present recitals in Switzerland and the US. Recent highlights include recitals at the Frauenkirche Dresden, Flagey (Brussels), Munich Künstlerhaus, California Center for the Arts, Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago), Chamber Music at the Clark (Los Angeles), Harvard University (Cambridge), Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (Kingston), Orford Musique, Salle Bourgie (Montréal), Palais Montcalm (Québec), as well as Chamberfest Cheboygan, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Toronto Summer Music Festivals. Past performances and interviews have been broadcast on CBC Radio, ICI Musique, Radio-Canada International, Vermont Public Radio, WCRB Classical Music Boston, WCNY Classic FM, Kulturradio RBB and Südwestrundfunk (SWR2) Germany, ORF Austria, and Classical Radio Orpheus (Moscow).


In the vanguard of creative programming, Bryan and Silvie are equally committed to presenting traditional masterworks, rediscovering neglected repertoire, and championing the music of their time. Since 2013, they have commissioned and arranged 15 new works, as well as curated cross-disciplinary concert experiences that meld classical and contemporary music with jazz, poetry, and visual/media arts. World-class collaborative partners have included photographer and cinematographer Edward Burtynsky, Mercury Films, and multimedia studio Normal.

 

Cheng² Duo has released four critically-acclaimed albums on the Canadian label Centrediscs and the German label audite: Portrait (2023) - nominated for a 2024 JUNO Award in the category "Classical Album of the Year, Small Ensemble", Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016).

 

Born in Ottawa and Tokyo to Chinese parents, Bryan and Silvie are proud Canadians who are currently based in Berlin and New York City. 

CHENG² DUO

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


REPRESENTATION
European management

Partner managers:
Agence station bleue (Canada, USA)


 
RECITAL PROGRAMS 2024/25

​"Unravelling Ravel"
​Maurice Ravel: Sonate posthume
Erik Satie: Selections from Gnossiennes
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano
—Intermission—
Claude Debussy: Nocturne and Scherzo
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

"Night at the Museum"
​Fazil Say: Cello Sonata 'Four Cities'
Dinuk Wijeratne: Portrait of the Imaginary Sibling
—Intermission—
Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition​
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Racing Horses (赛马 / Sai Ma) | Cheng² Duo
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Racing Horses (赛马 / Sai Ma) | Cheng² Duo
Our original arrangement of the Chinese folksong Sai Ma (赛马) by Huang Haihuai, from our new JUNO-nominated album "Portrait" (out October 27, 2023)! Sheet music download: https://www.cheng2duo.com/product-page/racing-horses-extended-version-score-parts-pdf Physical album orders: https://www.cheng2duo.com/product-page/portrait-cd Digital album orders: https://cheng2duo.bandcamp.com/album/portrait More from the Cheng² Duo? Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheng2duo Facebook: https://www.fb.me/cheng2duo Website: https://www.cheng2duo.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cheng² Duo: Bryan Cheng, cello Silvie Cheng, piano Yunus Tuncalı, audio + video Recorded at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Kingston, ON
Moon's Reflection upon a Spring (二泉映月 / Er Quan Ying Yue) | Cheng² Duo
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Moon's Reflection upon a Spring (二泉映月 / Er Quan Ying Yue) | Cheng² Duo
Our original arrangement of the Chinese folksong Er Quan Ying Yue (二泉映月) by Hua Yanjun (华彦钧, aka 阿炳 / Abing), from our new JUNO-nominated album "Portrait" (out October 27, 2023)! This piece is also commonly translated as "Moon's Reflection on Erquan Spring". Sheet music download: https://www.cheng2duo.com/product-page/moon-s-reflection-upon-a-spring-er-quan-ying-yue-score-cello-part-pdf Physical album orders: https://www.cheng2duo.com/product-page/portrait-cd Digital album orders: https://cheng2duo.bandcamp.com/album/portrait More from the Cheng² Duo? Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheng2duo Facebook: https://www.fb.me/cheng2duo Website: https://www.cheng2duo.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cheng² Duo: Bryan Cheng, cello Silvie Cheng, piano Yunus Tuncalı, audio + video Recorded at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Kingston, ON
Dinuk Wijeratne: Portrait of an Imaginary Sibling | Cheng² Duo
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Dinuk Wijeratne: Portrait of an Imaginary Sibling | Cheng² Duo
"Portrait of an Imaginary Sibling" by Sri Lankan-Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne (commissioned in 2020), nominated for a 2024 “Classical Composition of the Year” JUNO, from our new album "Portrait", also nominated for a “Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)” JUNO! Physical orders: https://www.cheng2duo.com/product-page/portrait-cd Digital orders: https://cheng2duo.bandcamp.com/album/portrait More from the Cheng² Duo? Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheng2duo Facebook: https://www.fb.me/cheng2duo Website: https://www.cheng2duo.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cheng² Duo: Bryan Cheng, cello Silvie Cheng, piano Yunus Tuncalı, audio + video Recorded at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Kingston, ON
PORTRAIT Album Trailer | Cheng² Duo
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PORTRAIT Album Trailer | Cheng² Duo
Behind-the-scenes trailer of our new JUNO-nominated album "Portrait" (out October 27, 2023)! Featuring music by Dinuk Wijeratne, Vincent Ho, Paul Wiancko, Alexina Louie, Huang Haihuai, and Hua Yanjun. Physical orders: https://www.cheng2duo.com/product-page/portrait-cd Digital orders: https://cheng2duo.bandcamp.com/album/portrait 0:36 How is "Portrait" different than our previous albums? 1:13 What kind of music is on "Portrait"? 2:24 Why create music videos? 3:02 The process of collaborating with living composers 4:37 Why is commissioning new music important? 6:09 The freedom and challenge of producing world-premiere recordings More from the Cheng² Duo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheng2duo Facebook: https://www.fb.me/cheng2duo Website: https://www.cheng2duo.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cheng² Duo: Bryan Cheng, cello Silvie Cheng, piano Yunus Tuncalı, audio + video Recorded at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Kingston, ON
M. Falla - Nana from Siete canciones populares | Cheng² Duo
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M. Falla - Nana from Siete canciones populares | Cheng² Duo
#Cheng2Duo #Cello #Piano Siete canciones populares: Nana by Manuel de Falla Bryan Cheng, cello Silvie Cheng, piano Video by Burkhard Scheibe
G. Cassadó - Requiebros | Cheng² Duo
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G. Cassadó - Requiebros | Cheng² Duo
#Cheng2Duo #Cello #Piano Requiebros by Gaspar Cassadó Bryan Cheng, cello Silvie Cheng, piano Video by Burkhard Scheibe

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