Chau, Cheung
Director of Orchestral Studies
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Cheung Chau is director of orchestral studies at Utah Valley University. He is music director of Utah Valley Youth Symphony and music director of Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. Previously, he served as music director of Bloomington Symphony, Central Pennsylvania Symphony and Manchester Symphony, assistant conductor to Edo de Waart at the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and held director of orchestra positions at Haverford College and University of Connecticut.

Chau conducted and was re-invited by orchestras including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Nordhausen Philharmonic, Sudecka Philharmonic, Lublin Philharmonic, Tianjin Philharmonic, Wuhan Philharmonic, and Filharmonica Marchigiana. He conducted the Williamsport Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Gavle Symphony, Kielce Philharmonic, Olsztyn, Bialystok Philharmonic Orchestras, and others. Invited by Edo de Waart, Chau led the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the 2007 world live broadcast opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s Handover, amongst guests was Chinese President Hu Jintao.

In ballet and opera, Chau was conductor of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Poznan Dance Academy in productions of Giselle and L'histoire du soldat, and will debut with Ballet West in fall of 2013. He guest conducted the Royal Swedish Academy Opera and Georgia Southern Opera in Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. As conductor of youth ensembles, Chau conducted the Sibelius Academy Orchestra, the Fulton County Honors Orchestra, the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools Cultural Convention Orchestra (Jakarta and Bangkok), the Bridgerland Festival Orchestra in Logan, Utah, and guest conducts the Gifted Music School Orchestra in Salt Lake City.

As conductor Chau collaborated with soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Colin Carr, Pierre-Ives Artaud, Adrian Levine, Maria Masycheva, Nathan Hughes, Barbara Kubiak, Barnabas Kelleman, Patrycja Piekutowska and others. As music director of Sinfonietta Polonia Chau made the world premiere recording of Palester’s String Serenade for the leading Polish recording label Acte Preable, hosted and conducted the orchestra in the International Szymanowski Festival in Beijing in 2011 sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Culture as an official cultural event of the Polish European Presidency in 2011, with performances at the National Center for the Arts and the Beijing Concert Hall, leading a combined orchestra comprised of musicians from Sinfonietta Polonia and the China National Philharmonic. In 2012 Sinfonietta Polonia performs at the Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg under auspices of the Polish Embassy in Berlin and the Stiftung fur Deutsch-Polnishe Zusammenarbeit.

Chau received the first double doctorate degree in the history of the New England Conservatory in wind ensemble conducting and cello. He studied conducting with Frank Battisti and Jorma Panula, cello with Colin Carr, Aldo Parisot and Eleonore Schoenfeld. As cellist Chau performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Macao Orchestra, among others, and recorded works of Ravel, Mendelssohn and Szymanowska for Acte Preable as member of Atma Trio. He is a National Arts Associate member in conducting with Sigma Alpha Iota and a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship.

Critical Reviews:
Gazeta Wyborcza--Poland "noteworthy are Chau’s truly remarkable feeling for specificity of Polish music, his indeed solid conducting technique, métier and his methods of working with the orchestra thanks to which a given work is shaped in a very clear, transparent and dynamic way.”

Thuringer Allgemeine--Germany "[Chau] showed a powerful rendition of his skill…A musical firework unfolded before the audience, between the sinking softness and the euphoric feeling of youth. This interpretation made the greatness of the work (Schubert's "Great" Symphony) understood instantly."

Muzyka 21--leading Polish Classical Music Magazine: Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor op. 49 • Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in a minor (1914), Atma Trio (Slawomir Dobrzanski, piano; Blanka Bednarz, violin; Cheung Chau, cello)

“The lyricism of the themes in the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in d minor is shown expressively and extraordinarily romantically. This lyricism, juxtaposed with fragments more virtuosic and tumultuous in nature becomes in itself a ‘calling card’ for the CD, which I recommend to you with great pleasure. Contrasting musical thoughts are presented above all with a true singing quality and without excessive exaltation, warranting a promising development. There is no error. This is a superb disc which one listens to with great engagement and a sense of full satisfaction and contentment {…}”