Cheung Chau

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Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau is Music Director of Sinfonietta Polonia in Poznań, Poland, and principal guest conductor of the Changsha Symphony in Hunan, China.  He is Director of Orchestral studies at Utah Valley University and Music Director of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony in Orem, Utah.  He served as Music Director of the Bloomington Symphony in Minnesota, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony and the Manchester Symphony in Connecticut, as principal guest conductor of the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra in Lublin, Poland, and held director of orchestra positions at the Haverford College and the University of Connecticut.

As guest conductor, Chau conducted the Moscow Symphony in Russia, the Nordhausen Philharmonic and the Pro Artibus Hannover in Germany, the Filharmonica Marchigiana in Italy, the Gavle Symphony in Sweden, the Vassa Symphony in Finland, the Williamsport Symphony, the Charlottesville Symphony, the Ballet West Orchestra, the Utah Valley Symphony,  and the Utah Chamber Orchestra in the United States, the Białystok Philharmonic, the Kielce Philharmonic, the Lublin Philharmonic, the Sudecka Philharmonic, and the Olsztyn Philharmonic in Poland.

In China, he led the China National Symphony, the Tianjin Philharmonic, the Wuhan Philharmonic, the Xiamen Philharmonic and the Hunan Symphony in Changsha.  He was named permanent guest conductor of the Inner Mongolia Orchestra in 2007.  Invited by Edo de Waart, Chau served as assistant conductor to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the orchestra in projects including the 2007 live world broadcast opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s Handover, with Chinese President Hu Jintao in attendance.

As ballet conductor Chau conducted productions of Giselle and Nutcracker with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Ballet West at the Harrisburg Whitaker Center and the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City.  He is a regular guest conductor at the Grand Opera and Ballet Theater in Poznań, Poland, where he conducted the world premiere of Alice in Wonderland in 2014.  Chau also led the world premiere performance of Snow Queen in March of 2016 at the Grand Theater in Poznań. Since then, Chau led Alice in Wonderland and Snow Queen regularly in Poznań and at the prestigious Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Poland.  In 2017, the world premiere recording of Snow Queen with leading Polish label Acte Prealable was awarded a Global Music Awards Silver Medal.—Marek Zaradniak, Glos Wielkopolski, Poznań, Poland

With Youth Orchestras Chau conducted, among others, the Sibelius Academy Orchestra, the Utah All-State Orchestra, the Changsha Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as the Interscholarstic Association of Southeast Asian Schools Orchestras in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jarkata. 

An American Prize finalist in Conducting in 2016 and 2017 and a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducing in Aspen, Chau conducted concerts in venues including at the Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg, Grosser Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses in Hannover, Beijing Concert Hall, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, and the Adam Mickiewicz University Concert Hall in Poznań, Poland.

As cellist Chau performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macao Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland, amongst others.  Near future solo engagements include those with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and the Utah Valley Symphony.  He performed live for the Hong Kong Radio and Television Corporation, the China Central Television, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Irish Radio, Polish Radio Merkury, TVP Poznan and Utah Highway 89 Radio. He is a member of Atma Piano Trio, with pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski and violinist Blanka Bednarz.  The ensemble performed in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, China, US, and toured extensively in Poland.  Chau can be heard as cellist on Polish label Acte Préalable in works by Maria Szymanowska, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Palester and Kletzki.  He performed as soloist and chamber musician in the USA, Hong Kong, Macao, China, Germany, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland, performing at the Merkin Hall and the Yale Club in New York City, the Jordan Hall in Boston, the Fine Arts Recital Hall in Ambassador College in Pasadena, the Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City and the Beijing Concert Hall.  He performs regularly at the Beethoven Festival Park City and the Harrisburg Market Square Concert Series, and collaborates with artists including John Novacek, Stephenie Chase, Jeffrey Solow, Russ Harlow, Leslie Harlow, Peter Sirotin, Fiona Thompson, Blanka Bednarz, Monte Belknap, Simon Gallo, among others. 

Chau is a National Arts Associate in conducting with Sigma Alpha Iota in the USA.   Chau received the first double doctorate from the New England Conservatory in wind ensemble conducting and cello performance.  He studied orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula at the Royal Conservatory of Sweden.

“Cheung Chau reminded us that he is not only a superb conductor but also an excellent cellist—he did so performing David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody.” — Thueringer Allgemeine, Erfurt, Germany, Ronald Urlig

“The tableaux (in Lithuanian Rhapsody by Karlowicz) are doubtlessly difficult to interpret, as they are emotionally dense, complex. However, the orchestra under Chau’s baton painted them in dark hues so very desirable in the first tableau, brightening the color spectrum accordingly in the subsequent episodes—in the subtle Andante tranquillo, dance-like Allegretto giocoso, all until the return of the initial nostalgia.  One found great satisfaction and pleasure in listening to the “Lithuanian Rhapsody” precisely thanks to Chau’s consistent construction and progression of moods, apt graduation of emotions and logical narration.” Dorota Gonet, Gazeta.Wyborcza, Lublin, Poland 

 “Cheung Chau led an impressive symphony concert in Sondershausen…and 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 “Great” Symphony) understood instantly.”   — Marek Zaradniak, Glos Wielkopolski, Poznań, Poland