Department of Music and the College
Anthony Cheung is a composer and pianist. As a performer and advocate for new music, he is artistic director of the Talea Ensemble, which he cofounded. His music has been commissioned by the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, and has also been performed by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Linea, the MusicNOW ensemble of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the French National Orchestras of Lille and Lorraine, and eighth blackbird. He has received recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He was awarded first prize in the Sixth International Dutilleux Competition, as well as the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.
As a writer and scholar, Cheung has completed a dissertation on György Ligeti (on the Hamburg Concerto), as well as articles on contemporary music. Primary musical interests include notational aesthetics, jazz improvisation and transcription, microtonality and alternate tunings, rhythmic polyphony, and temporal perception. His music also engages poetic imagery, syntax and rhetoric, natural phenomena, and the visual arts.
Cheung received his doctorate from Columbia University, where he taught and also served as assistant conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. He was also a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.