Anthony Cheung

"We’re witnessing a golden moment for the creation of new music in Chicago, and the Ear Taxi festival will be a portrait of a city that boasts some of the most innovative ensembles, institutions, and creators in the world of new music today. This coming together of many communities, many of which are already deep in conversation with one another, will focus unprecedented attention on the variety and abundance of creative minds and acts happening all at once."

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 commissioned by ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, and Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, and performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (MusicNOW series), Minnesota Orchestra, Ensemble Linea, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, International Contemporary Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles, Atlas Ensemble, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National de Lille, eighth blackbird, Dal Niente, the New York Youth Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. His music has been programmed at international festivals such as Ultraschall (Berlin), Cresc. Biennale (Frankfurt), Présences (Paris), impuls (Graz), Wittener Tage, Heidelberger Frühling, Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Helsinki Festival and Musica Nova Helsinki, Centre Acanthes (France), Musica (Strasbourg), the Tactus Young Composers Forum (Belgium), and Domaine Forget (Canada). 
 
From 2015-17, he is the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2012-13, he was in residence at the American Academy in Rome as a recipient of the Rome Prize. 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), commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm foundations, 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, Julian Anderson, Steve Lehman, Steve Coleman, and Chou Wen-Chung. 
 
A portrait CD, Roundabouts, was released with the Ensemble Modern in 2014, and his music and performances have also appeared on New Focus Recordings, Tzadik, and Mode. 
 
He graduated with a joint degree in Music and History from Harvard University in 2004, and obtained his doctorate from Columbia University, where he taught and served as Assistant Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. 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. He teaches at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Music.