Grammy® Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng is widely hailed as an eloquent and compelling performer who is often cited for tapping the emotional core of contemporary music. Her recitals and recordings are often praised for exploring significant interconnections between composers; as The New York Times has said: “It’s not just that Ms. Cheng plays these daunting pieces with such commanding technique, color and imagination. She has brought together works that fascinatingly complement one another.”
Ms. Cheng has performed as soloist with many leading orchestras, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, and Zubin Mehta. As a frequent guest artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, she has performed works ranging from John Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Dichotomie, one of many compositions composed for, dedicated to, and premiered by her. Ms. Cheng has appeared in recital at the Ojai, Tanglewood, and William Kapell festivals, and on the Piano Spheres series.
She has served as Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches at UCLA. Ms. Cheng earned a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, and graduate degrees in Music from UCLA and the University of Southern California. Her primary teachers were Isabelle Sant’Ambrogio, Aube Tzerko, and John Perry.
“Gloria Cheng is a celebrity: an invaluable new-music advocate and a preferred collaborator of composers like Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen.” (The New York Times)