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Angela Cheng

About this Artist

“Cheng showed that virtuosity could be an intrinsic part of the music’s message…[her] performance was superb, totally engaged and engaging …”

— The Toronto Star

Consistently cited for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty, and superb musicianship, ANGELA CHENG is one of Canada’s brightest stars. She has appeared as soloist with virtually every orchestra in Canada, as well as the Alabama, Colorado, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Saint Louis, San Diego, Syracuse, and Utah symphony orchestras; the Buffalo and Louisiana philharmonic orchestras; and the Israel Philharmonic, among others. The frequency with which she is re-engaged is remarkable.

Angela Cheng’s debut recording of two Mozart concertos with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include Clara Schumann’s Concerto in A minor with JoAnn Falletta and the Women’s Philharmonic (Koch International) and selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann, four Spanish concertos with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, and both Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra (for CBC Records). Her most recent release is an all-Chopin recital CD for Universal Music Canada.

Cheng appears regularly on recital series throughout the United States and Canada and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles, including the Takács, Colorado, and Vogler quartets. Her many festival appearances include Chautauqua, Colorado, Houston, Vancouver, and the Festival de Lanaudière in Quebec.

Cheng was the 1986 Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Music Competition for piano (1988). In the same year, the Canada Council awarded her its coveted Career Development Grant. For her outstanding interpretations of Mozart, she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1991.

Angela Cheng is associate professor of piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; she has been a member of the faculty since 1999.

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