The semifinals of the Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition concluded on
Thursday afternoon. I have heard that a number of you have listened to some of the music
that was streamed online.
Of the eight cellists who reached that level of the competition, three have been selected to
compete in the final round on Saturday. One of them is Bryan Cheng who performed for
The Valley Concert Society with his sister, the pianist Sylvie Cheng, in February of last
Tate Zawadiuk, a Coquitlam native who is a member of the Viano String Quartet, was
not so fortunate as to make the final round. The Viano String Quartet has been contracted
to play for The Valley Concert Society in April of 2020. We are hoping that the course of
the Coronavirus and the responses to it will permit that concert to go ahead.
There is another cellist in the competition with a local connection. Leland Ko has also
reached the final round. I have learned in the past few days that Leland has family
connections in both Abbotsford and Vancouver.
Bryan and Leland will be competing with Andreas Schmalhofer for the grand prize on
Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. In the semifinal round, each competitor played
five short works, three with piano accompaniment and two for solo cello. The latter
included The Turmoil of Madame Butterfly, a new composition by Marjan Mozetich for
this event. This was the only compulsory piece in the competition.
The final round will consist of one large work, a full cello concerto accompanied by
piano. Cheng will play a concerto by Antonin Dvorak, Ko chose one by Sergei Prokofiev,
and Schmalhofer will play the Schumann cello concerto.
Besides the prizes awarded by the judges, there is one Audience Award which can be
voted on electronically by viewers of the final round.
Anyone who is interested in listening to the glorious music produced by these
prodigiously talented musicians can connect to the live stream at 9:00 a.m. at the link
This link provides detailed information about the event and about the musicians.
The Valley Concert Society