Bryan Cheng

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Nationality Canada

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Bryan is the first cellist to win the Grand Prix of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (2019), where he studied with the late Yuli Turovsky. He continued his studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen before joining the class of Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Bryan Cheng won first prize at the UNISA International Strings Competition in Pretoria and second prize and the audience prize at the Geneva International Music Competition. Winner of the prestigious Paulo Cello Competition in Finland in 2018, Bryan Cheng already has a rich international career, both in America and Europe. At the age of 10 he gave his first concert with I Musici de Montréal, at 14 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and at 21 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

He has performed extensively as a soloist with European, Canadian and American orchestras under such prestigious conductors as Matthias Pintscher, Susanna Mälki and Peter Oundjian. With his sister Silvie, he forms a Cello and Piano Duo which has performed all over the world. He has recorded a triple album for the Audite label devoted to Russian, Spanish and French cello.

Bryan plays the 1696 Stradivarius "Bonjour" with a Shaw Adam bow generously loaned by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, of which he is the 2018 competition winner.

Photos: ©︎ Nikolaj Lund