Anthony Cheung

Anthony Cheung

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. He began his musical studies at the age of six on the piano and wrote his first compositions a year later. An early exposure to 20th century concert music and jazz/improvised music, as well as study of the traditional classical repertoire, fostered his early musical development and led to a serious interest in composition. 

Anthony’s compositions have been performed internationally by groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Linea, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, International Contemporary Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National de Lille, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (MusicNOW series), eighth blackbird, Dal Niente, Second Instrumental Unit, Dinosaur Annex, Janus Trio, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the orchestras of Marin and Berkeley, the New York Youth Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has collaborated extensively with the Ensemble Modern, writing several works for the full ensemble as well as its soloists. His music has been programmed at international festivals such as Ultraschall (Berlin), CRESC. Biennale (Frankfurt), Wittener Tage (Germany), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Musica Nova Helsinki (Finland), Centre Acanthes (France), Musica (France), the Tactus Young Composers Forum (Belgium), and Domaine Forget (Canada).

As a recipient of the 2012-13 Rome Prize in Musical Composition, he is spending the year in residence at the American Academy in Rome. The New York Philharmonic recently named him a co-recipient of the inaugural Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, at the request of Henri Dutilleux, for which he will write a new work for the orchestra. In 2008, he received both First Prize and Public Prize at the 6th International Dutilleux Competition, for his work Windswept Cypresses. In 2006, he received the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which also honored him with the Charles Ives Scholarship in 2003. He has also received five ASCAP Morton Gould awards (including the Leo Kaplan Award in 2011), the Green and Paine Fellowships from the Harvard Department of Music, and the Harvard Office for the Arts' Louis Sudler Prize. His music is published by EAM/Schott (PSNY edition), Editions Alphonse Leduc, and in self-published editions (ASCAP).

As a performer and advocate for new music, he is co-founder, Artistic Director and pianist of the Talea Ensemble in New York. With the Talea Ensemble, he actively programs and promotes new music, and has performed extensively in the US and abroad as a specialist of new music, working with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Stefano Gervasoni, Tristan Murail, Hans Abrahamsen, Iancu Dumitrescu, and Julian Anderson. Recently the group gave concerts in Mexico, Peru, France, and the UK, and has served as ensemble-in-residence at Harvard, Columbia, and New York University.

He graduated with a joint degree in Music and History from Harvard University in 2004, and obtained his doctorate from Columbia University in 2010. At Columbia he taught in the Core Curriculum and the Music Department, and was Assistant Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. Most recently, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2009-12. His primary composition studies were with Tristan Murail and Bernard Rands, and he has studied additionally at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Fontainebleau, and Centre Acanthes, working with many leading composers. His primary piano studies were with Robert Levin and Paul Hersh.

As a writer and scholar, he has completed studies on Ligeti (doctoral dissertation on the Hamburg Concerto, 2010), as well as articles on contemporary music for both specialists and a general readership.

Upcoming new works include the premieres of new pieces for the Talea Ensemble (a Koussevitzky Foundation commission), the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. He was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, and will begin teaching there in 2013.

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February 24, 2002