Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT

Brian Cheney

Hailed by KUSC Los Angeles as the “next great tenor,” Brian Cheney, protégé of legendary tenor Jerry Hadley, has gained impressive recognition for his appearances in major operas around the world

Following Mr. Cheney’s debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007, he has performed concert works and oratorios throughout the country. The Daily Gazette in Albany, NY had this to say about his recent performance of Handel’s Messiah:

“Tenor Brian Cheney was a revelation. Cheney’s voice was like spun gold. He seemed to dwell on his notes, basking in their loveliness. Each phrase was sculpted, each word was cleanly enunciated. Not just a gorgeous voice, Cheney showed imagination as he altered his colors or use of vibrato.”

Mr. Cheney has performed numerous times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall including a recent performance of a world premiere and US premiere of Hungarian music with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leon Botstein. Mr. Cheney also made his Lincoln Center debut as tenor soloist for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at Avery Fisher Hall appearing with acclaimed soprano, Jessye Norman. Most recently, he gave a world premiere performance of a song cycle for Tenor and Orchestra, Daniel Steven Crafts’ From a Distant Mesa with the New Mexico Philharmonic. He was praised for his “tone,” “expression,” and “lustrous radiance that illuminated the text at every point.”

Mr. Cheney is also an accomplished recitalist performing recitals and concerts internationally, with performances in cities from Montreal, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia to his New York City recital debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.

His versatility is showcased in the range of performances presented in a recent season: Victor Frankenstein in three sold out performances of Gregg Kallor’s World Premiere of Frankenstein in NYC, a debut with the National Philharmonic as tenor soloist in a concert celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein, Verdi’s Requiem with Southern Illinois Symphony, and featured soloist in “Salute to Vienna Concerts in Chicago, Boston and HartfordIn that same season, he performed as tenor soloist in Pulcinella with Opera Orlando, and Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg with Opera Delaware.   

As excellent a teacher as he is a performer, Brian’s energetic, positive, and encouraging teaching style enables students to develop and reach their highest potential, in any musical style. 

Brian teaches Mondays.  One hour lessons, ages high school & up.