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Anthony Cheung

About this Artist


Anthony Cheung is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works. His music has been commissioned by the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Dal Niente, and also performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (MusicNOW series), Minnesota Orchestra, Ensemble Linea, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, wild Up, Musiques Nouvelles, Atlas Ensemble, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National de Lille, eighth blackbird, the New York Youth Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, he has also received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship and Scholarship) and ASCAP, and first prize in the Sixth International Dutilleux Competition (2008), as well as a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (2012). He has received commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm foundations. From 2015-17, he was the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow of the Cleveland Orchestra. He co-directed the Talea Ensemble from 2007 until 2017, performing as a pianist and serving as Artistic Director.

Primary musical interests include notational aesthetics, jazz improvisation and transcription, microtonality and alternate tunings, rhythmic polyphony, and temporal perception. His music reveals an interest in the ambiguity of sound sources and the subtle transformation and manipulation of timbre allied with harmony, sometimes leading him to explore electronics. It also engages poetic imagery, syntax and rhetoric, natural phenomena, and the visual arts. Representations of space and place are common themes in his work, achieved through innovations in spatialization and orchestration, as well as with musical allusions and actual source material via field recordings.

Anthony received a BA in Music and History from Harvard and a doctorate from Columbia University, where he taught and also served as assistant conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. His primary composition studies were with Tristan Murail and Bernard Rands.From 2009 to 2012, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Chicago.