2017 Michael Measures Prize Winner
19-year-old Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng has attracted widespread attention for his natural, virtuosic command of the cello and his mature, impassioned musicianship. He made his orchestral debut at age 10 with the I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra; since then, he has been a soloist with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Nouvelle Génération Chamber Orchestra, and Germany’s Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, among others.
Mr. Cheng has performed in world-class concert halls including New York’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Montréal’s Maison Symphonique, Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Aspen’s Harris Hall, Shanghai’s Poly Grand eatre, and at international music festivals including Trasimeno, Aspen, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Festival of the Sound. He is 1st-prize winner of the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition, 2nd-prize winner of the OSM Manulife Competition, one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” and CBC Young Artist of the Year. His debut album Violoncelle français on German label audite received worldwide acclaim.
2017-2018 highlights include his solo debut with the Niagara Symphony, debut recitals with pianist Silvie Cheng at Ontario’s Waterside Summer Series and Cornwall Concert Series, Winnipeg’s Virtuosi Concert Series, a 14-city tour in Ontario and Québec with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and recital tours across British Columbia and the USA. He will record his sophomore album in Berlin this fall.
Mr. Cheng plays a rare 1754 Venetian cello by Bartolomeo Tassini.