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Dies Irae - Soloist: Stanford Cheung

OCT 3 2016 • MSO TEAM • CONCERTS • IN THE NEWS

Praised by the Toronto Weekly as “an artist of poetic sensitivity and whole hearted intellect,” Stanford Cheung is a Canadian pianist from the vibrant city of Toronto. Possessing an artistically inimitable and refined style that has been enjoyed on a national and global scale throughout the US, Canada, and Asia, he has performed to great acclaim in many of North America’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Recital Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, Le Petit Trianon Hallin California, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and The Salle Tocatta Studio. Many of his solo concerts have cumulated in numerous national media broadcasts including OMNI Network, Fairchild Television along with major- printed and digital media.

A top prize winner in numerous competitions, Stanford captured first prize in the Third Annual MSO Youth Concerto Competition, the 2nd Canadian International Piano Arts Competition as well as first prize at the 7th American Protégé International Piano Competition where he was subsequently awarded “The Best Romantic Interpreter Award”. He was also the grand prize winner of the 8th Canada CCC National Piano Competition and a top laureate at the 13th San Jose International Piano Competition. Among his awards and distinctions are scholarships endowed from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada Cultural Festival, Canimax Foundation and The Alexander and Buono Foundation.

Presently, Stanford is pursuing his advanced music studies at the University of Toronto in the studio of Marietta Orlov. His mentors include Kum Sing Lee of the Vancouver Music Academy and Natalya Tyomkina, a past professor at the State Conservatory of Minsk.