19-year-old cellist Bryan Cheng is the recipient of this year’s Michael Measures Prize. The $25,000 award is offered yearly to a musician in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in conjunction with the Canada Council for the Arts.
A native of Ottawa, Cheng has performed at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared with I Musici de Montréal. He plays on a 1754 Venetian cello by Bartolomeo Tassini, and forms part of Cheng² Duo along with his sister, pianist Silvie Cheng.
“I’m extremely honoured to be the recipient of the Michael Measures Prize!” Cheng shared in a statement. “I also realize how very fortunate I am as a Canadian to receive support like this that enables me to pursue my dreams.” Cheng aspires to push his music beyond the country: “I’m looking forward to continuing to polish my craft and share the beauty of classical music with audiences not only in this wonderful country, but also those far and beyond!”
Past winners have indeed gone on to perfect their musical studies abroad, in such destinations as the United States and France. Blake Pouliot, Cameron Crozman, Antoine Malette-Chénier, Bénédicte Lauzière, Daniel Hass, and Hugo Lee number among the recipients in past years for the Prize, which was implemented in 2011.
The Prize will be formally presented on July 22 in Ottawa, during a NYO Canada concert at the National Arts Centre.
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