Friday, October 25, 2019
Knox United Church, Parksville. Concert at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
Not only is Pianist Angela Cheng dubbed as being one of Canada’s national treasures; her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship have been witnessed by audiences worldwide. She has performed with nearly every Canadian symphony orchestra, plus the Alabama Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic.
At the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman, Ms. Cheng toured Europe and China in 2009 as a member of the Zukerman Chamber Players. In 2010, she performed with this ensemble for a tour of the U.S., including concerts at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Seasons following included tours of Europe, Asia and South America, as well as performances in Vienna (at the Musikverein), Amsterdam (at the Concertgebouw), and in Salzburg (the Schleswig-Holstein and Ravinia festivals).
Ms. Cheng performed her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in the spring of 2012 with the Edmonton Symphony, and debuted at the prestigious Salzburg Festival in the summer of 2012, in a recital with Pinchas Zukerman.
Performances in recital series have taken Ms. Cheng throughout the United States and Canada and have involved collaboration with several chamber ensembles such as the Takacs, Colorado and Vogler quartets. The list of Festival appearances include Chautauqua, Banff, Colorado, Houston, Vancouver, the Festival Internationale de Lanaudiere in Quebec and the Cartegena International Music Festival in Colombia.
Ms. Cheng’s list of recordings is impressive. She received rave reviews for her debut recording of two Mozart concerti, with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. Other discs include Clara Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor, with JoAnn Falletta and the Women’s Philharmonic for Koch International; four Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, for CBC Records; both Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Orchestra; a solo disc of selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann, and most recently, an all-Chopin recital CD (Universal Music Canada).
Awards for Ms. Cheng include such honours as Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Masters Competition; the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition (the first Canadian to win this award); the Canada Council’s coveted Career Development Grant, and the Medal of Excellence for outstanding interpretations of Mozart from the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Source: Biography: A More Personal Side of Angela (Angela Cheng website)