ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello with ca. 1830 Shaw Adam cello bow
Winner of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng has attracted widespread attention for his "absolutely astonishing" (La Presse) command of the cello, and his "abundant facility, innate musicality, and sense of joy" (New York Concert Review).
Bryan is second prize winner of the TONALi18 Grand Prix in Hamburg, first prize winner of the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition, a second prize winner at OSM Manulife Competition, and was named one of CBC's 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30. He made his solo debut at age 10 with the Orchestre de chamber I Musici de Montreal, his Carnegie Hall recital debut at 14, and most recently his Elbphilharmonie solo debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. As a soloist and recitalist, he has performed in every Canadian province, a dozen countries, and on three continents, with a repertoire spanning five centuries, including eleven world premieres.
He has released two albums on German label audite to worldwide acclaim: Violonchelo del fuego (2018) and Violoncelle français (2016).