Cellist Bryan Cheng wins the 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at Geneva International Music Competition


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The 24-year-old canadian cellist Bryan Cheng has been awarded 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the Geneva 2021 International Music Competition (Concours de Genève) in Switzerland!

Selected from 250 initial applicants, he is also the only Canadian to have reached the finals of this prestigious cello competition, performing the Cello Concerto in E minor of E. Elgar with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and conductor Georg Fritzsch. Congratulations!

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The first cellist to win Grand Prize at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition, the first-ever Canadian laureate at the prestigious International Paulo Cello Competition and also winner of the inaugural Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition, Bryan Cheng continues to captivate critics and audiences alike with his “absolutely astonishing” (La Presse) command of the cello, “dreamy beauty” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and his “abundant facility, innate musicality, and sense of joy” (New York Concert Review).

Solo highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

As cellist of the Cheng² Duo, Bryan has released a trilogy of albums on German label audite — Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018), and Violoncelle français (2016) — which has been critically-acclaimed in a dozen countries. He plays the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello on loan from the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank.

He will also make his debut in the Berliner Philharmonie on June 14, 2023, as part of the prestigious “Debüt im Deutschlandfunk Kultur” series, playing with the Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester Berlin and conductor Alpesh Chauhan.

Most recently, he has been accepted as one of 15 candidates (violin & cello) to participate in the UNISA International Strings Competition in South Africa in January-February 2022.

WATCH the Cello Final Round at the link below!

To know more about Bryan Cheng!

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