Anthony Cheung

CREA (Composers for Racial Equality in the Arts) 2019 Mentor


Composer and pianist Anthony Cheung writes music that reveals an interest in the ambiguity of sound sources and the subtle transformation and manipulation of timbre allied with harmony. Musical artifacts, both imaginary and allusive, become sites of fragmentation or excavation. The music also frequently engages poetic imagery, syntax and rhetoric, natural phenomena, and is heavily influenced by improvisatory traditions. His music has been commissioned and performed by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and many others. From 2015-17, he was composer-in-residence with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

He is the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as a 2012 Rome Prize, and received First Prize at the 2008 Dutilleux Competition. In 2007, he co-founded the Talea Ensemble, and served as pianist and artistic director of the group. Recordings include three portrait discs: Cycles and Arrows (New Focus), Dystemporal (Wergo), and Roundabouts (Ensemble Modern Medien). He studied at Harvard and Columbia, and was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2009-12. Since 2013, he has taught at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Music.