Another Canadian rising

Another Canadian rising


norman lebrecht

October 31, 2021

The Japanese cellist Michiaki Ueno won the majorly underexposed Geneva International Music Competition this week.

A greater share of attention went to the second-placed cellist Bryan Cheng, an ascendant Canadian in a year that has seen Canada established as a major musical power.

Cheng, 24, was the 2019 Grand Prize winner at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition. He is already booked by Berlin for June 2023 with the Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester de Berlin, conductor Alpesh Chauhan.


  • Scordatura says:

    Bryan gave a gorgeous performance of the Elgar Concerto, as well a demonstrating a keen understanding of baroque-pre-classical style in the semi-final recital. He and pianist sister Sylvie form a winning (literally and figuratively) duo team. It should also be noted that Bryan won the audience prize in Geneve. It was a spectacular competition and, yes, rather under reported. Thanks for picking this story up!

  • Anon says:

    The twice-cited link boils down to “Canadian hen lays Canadian egg”.
    And there is in general an unhealthy obsession with nationality on SD.
    Is there nothing to say about the brilliant winner of the first prize?