Thu 23.03.2023, 20h - 22h

LUCA Campus Lemmens, Leuven

Chamber Music Hall


Youngsters Concert: Queen Elisabeth Competition

Every edition of the Queen Elisabeth Competition is followed by the youth concerts in a few cities throughout Belgium. This concert especially aims at the younger generation. This year laureates Bryan Cheng and Petar Pejcic will be our guests on campus Lemmens with a recital or chamber music programme of his own choice. A democratic formula with an accessible character.

Petar Pejčić (Fifth prize Queen Elisabeth competition 2022) studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig under Peter Bruns. He won the AENA Special Prize at the Pablo Casals competition in Spain in 2020, second prize at the Anna Kull competition the same year, and third prize at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition in 2019. Petar Pejčić has performed with orchestras including the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Graz Philharmonic, the Serbian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Camerata Balcanica. Keen to broaden his musical horizons, he collaborated with the choreographer Jacopo Godani and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company on the project BACH OFF ! An ambassador for the Pablo Casals Foundation in 2020, he is a scholarship holder of the Internationale Musikakademie in Liechtenstein, the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation, and the Freunde Junger Musiker Foundation and received the Günter Henle scholarship from the Peter Klöckner Foundation in 2021. Petar plays an instrument by Gennaro Gagliano (1760,  Napoli), generously on loan through the Beare’s International Violin Society.

Bryan Cheng (sixth prize Queen Elisabeth Competition 2022) won first prize at the UNISA International Strings Competition in Pretoria and second prize and the audience prize at the Geneva International Music Competition. He first performed in a recital at Carnegie Hall at the age of fourteen, then at the Elbphilharmonie in 2018 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and will perform next season with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Bryan Cheng has also performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa. As a chamber musician, he performs as a member of the Cheng² Duo and with musicians such as Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, and Antje Weithaas. Bryan Cheng has recorded three albums with the Audite label, Russian LegendsViolonchelo del Fuego and Violoncelle Français.


Piazzolla (arr. Cheng) Nightclub 1960 
Prokofiev Sonata 
Offenbach Barcarolle
Brahms Sonata no. 1 
Bartok (arr. Disselhorst) Romanian Dances 

Bryan Cheng and Petar Pejcic, cello
Silvie Cheng, piano

LUCA in concert

LUCA organizes about 25 concerts every year. Solo recitals, chamber music, choral and orchestral works as well as the large symphonic repertoire from a period spanning more than four centuries are alternately discussed.

In addition to these concerts, you can also regularly see students at work during bachelor's and master's theses and on concert theses. These are freely accessible to the public.

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