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Bryan Cheng, Cellist

Bryan discovered his love for the cello before he turned 4 years old.  He started with the Suzuki music program in Ottawa with the late Pawel Szymczyk-Marjanovic, followed by studies with Anne Contant at the Conservatory of Gatineau. Since age 8, he has been studying with cellist and conductor, maestro Yuli Turovsky, in Montreal.  At age 14, Bryan made his New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with his pianist sister, Silvie, playing Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and pieces by Paganini and the Canadian composer Alexina Louie to a sold-out audience.  Following that concert, the Cheng2 Duo has been invited to give a return appearance in the same hall in the 2012-2013 season.  The sibling duo has performed in concerts and given recitals at Parliament Hill and numerous diplomatic embassies in Ottawa, concert venues in Montreal, as well as in the United States, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Holland.

Bryan made his orchestral debut at age 10 with I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Yuli Turovsky, and since then he has been the guest soloist with I Musici for numerous concerts, including at Montreal’s Place des Arts, Pollack Concert Hall, Salle Claude-Champagne, Tudor Hall and Pierre Charbonneau Centre.  He has also soloed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the direction of Alain Trudel, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra under David Thies-Thompson, and Nouvelle Génération Chamber Orchestra under Yuli Turovsky.

A first-prize winner at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition and Ontario Music Federation Association Competition, Bryan has also been a scholarship recipient from the Orford Arts Centre Academy, the Toronto Summer Music Academy, and the Pilsen International Music Academy. In 2008 and 2009, he was the youngest participant invited to attend the Young Artist Programme of the NAC Summer Music Institute under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman.  Bryan was also one of the youngest participants at the 2010 Aspen Music Festival, where he was invited to perform at the Strings Showcase Concert, Spotlight Recital Series, a donor appreciation concert, as well as an education outreach concert, all with Silvie.  In summer 2011, he was the youngest cellist invited to attend the International Holland Music Sessions in its 23-year history where he gave a solo recital.  Over the years, Bryan has received generous guidance and masterclass teachings from many internationally renowned cellists and cello pedagogues including Lluis Claret, David Finckel, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Suren Bagratuni, Lawrence Lesser, Richard Aaron, Paul Katz, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.

Bryan is a dedicated chamber musician, and has performed in various ensemble forms, including piano trio, string quartet, violin/cello duet, two-celli duet, cello sextet and cello octet.  He has been featured at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. 

Also performing frequently for various charities, including the Canadian Red Cross, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and the Leading Note Foundation, Bryan has a strong compassion for children living in regions that have been affected by natural disasters, and the general well-being of children in undeveloped countries and under-served communities. Bryan is an avid swimmer, soccer player, and cyclist. He has biked across Ontario and in cities in Europe and Asia.    

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