A native of San Francisco, Anthony Cheung (born 1982) is a composer and pianist. He began his musical studies at the age of 6 on the piano and wrote his first compositions a year later. An early exposure to 20th century concert music and jazz improvisation, as well as study of the traditional classical repertoire, fostered his early musical development and led to a serious interest in composition. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Harvard and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts from Columbia University, where he taught music history and ear training and served as assistant conductor of the orchestra. From 2009 to 2012 he will serve as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His principal teachers have been Tristan Murail and Bernard Rands for composition and Robert Levin and Paul Hersh for piano. He has received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood, Aspen, Acanthes, Domaine Forget, and Fontainebleau festivals, where he has worked with many leading composers.
An advocate of new music, Cheung is Artistic Director and pianist of the Talea Ensemble in New York. The group has performed extensively in the United States and abroad, including recent concerts in Mexico, Peru, France, and the United Kingdom. Cheung’s compositions have been performed by the Ensemble Modern, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, International Contemporary Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National de Lille, eighth blackbird, Callisto Ensemble, Second Instrumental Unit, Dinosaur Annex, the Janus Trio, the Aurora String Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the orchestras of Haddonfield, Marin, and Berkeley, the New York Youth Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. His work has also been featured in readings and workshops with the Minnesota Orchestra (in 2002 and 2004), the American Composers Orchestra (in 2004), and Ensemble InterContemporain (in 2004). His music has been programmed at festivals such as Musica Nova Helsinki, the Centre Acanthes in France, the Tactus Young Composers Forum in Belgium, and Domaine Forget in Canada. Projects for the next two years include commissions for the Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain/IRCAM, as well as a horn concerto for Philip Myers and members of the New York Philharmonic.
Cheung has won first prize and public prize at the 6th International Dutilleux Competition (in 2008), the Charles Ives Fellowship and Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (in 2003 and 2006), and several ASCAP awards. His music is self-published and also appears through Editions Alphonse Leduc.