Major prizewinner at the world’s most prestigious international competitions, including Queen Elisabeth, Geneva, and Paulo, Canadian-born, Berlin-based cellist Bryan Cheng made his sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut aged 14, his Elbphilharmonie debut aged 20 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and in 2022 was the first cellist to be awarded the Verbier Festival’s coveted Prix Yves Paternot.
Following significant debuts in the 2022-23 season with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Philharmonie and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as returns to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, and Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal, Bryan takes on the role of Artist-in-Residence in 2023-24 with Romania’s Filarmonica Banatul Timișoara and at Switzerland’s Week-End Musical de Pully. Further highlights include debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Slovak, Calgary, and Cape Town Philharmonics, at the Vancouver Recital Society, Beethovenfest Bonn, and NFM Wrocław, as well as returns to Verbier Festival with Sir András Schiff, Heidelberger Frühling, and I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, premiering a brand-new double cello concerto by Denis Gougeon.
Bryan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Universität der Künste Berlin and is now enrolled in the Professional Studies program at Germany’s Kronberg Academy. He plays the 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello generously on loan from the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank.