Cheng, Angela

Angela Cheng, pianist (b 9 Sept 1959 at Hong Kong). She moved to Edmonton with her family at the age of eight and studied piano at Alberta College and the University of Alberta. She later studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Julliard School and at the University of Indiana with Menahem Pressler (1982-88). After winning the CBC Talent Festival (1987) she became the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montréal International Music Competition (1988). Her performances of André Prévost's Variations et Thème and Brahms's Concerto No 1 were recorded with the Montréal Symphony. She was also a Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Competition and was the first prize winner at both the Mae M. Whitaker International Competition and the University of Maryland International Piano Competition.

Cheng has received enthusiastic acclaim throughout North America and abroad for her remarkable technique, tonal beauty and insightful musicianship as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Boston, Montréal, Toronto, Houston, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Utah, Edmonton, Victoria, the National Arts Centre, Calgary, Vancouver, Louisiana, Winnipeg, Québec and with the Israel Philharmonic. She has also been presented in recital in such cities as New York, London, Salzburg, Toronto, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Montréal, and St. Louis.

The coveted Career Development Grant presented by the Touring Office of the Canada Council was awarded to Angela Cheng in 1987. For her outstanding interpretations of Mozart, she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1991. Her debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include Clara Schumann's Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falleta and the Women's Philharmonic, and selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann produced by the CBC in January 1995. In 1997 she recorded a Spanish Concerto CD with the Calgary Philharmonic conducted by Hans Graf.

Angela Cheng resides in Boulder, Colorado, where she and her husband are on the faculty of the University of Colorado.