Dubbed a “neo-Romantic marimba
virtuoso”, Pius Cheung is widely known as a master soloist on his
unusual instrument. His brilliant CD of
Bach’s Goldberg Variations was written about in a feature story in The New York Times, which praised not only the
technical feat of performing the intricacies of this keyboard work with 4
mallets, but also expressed admiration for
his “deeply expressive interpretation, notable for its clear voicing, eloquent phrasing and wide range of color
and dynamics.” The CD has been broadcast throughout the US and Canada on NPR and CBC Radio.
His second CD, Symphonic Poem,
presents Cheung’s own compositions, and was released at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention
in 2009. As a composer, Mr. Cheung’s Three Etudes won First Prize in the Classical Marimba League’s
Competition in 2007. He has also composed a Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, and collections of
preludes, etudes and sonatas. He served as a judge for the 50th Percussive Arts
Society Composition Competition.
Mr. Cheung’s exciting engagements
this season include an appearance as concerto soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra performing
“Colours of Crimson” by Bright Sheng. He gives a solo recital at the prestigious Morgan Library and
Museum in New York. Other concerts are in NYC’s Washington Square Music Festival, at the Library of
Congress in Washington DC, and the Manchester Music Festival (VT).
After winning the 2008 Young
Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Cheung made his New York solo
recital debut in the Young Concert
Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, his Kennedy Center debut in
Washington, DC, and at the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum in Boston. As recipient of the Usedom Music Festival Prize, he
was engaged to perform at that
Festival in Germany.
Mr. Cheung has appeared as
concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of their annual
concerto competition at the Kimmel Center,
performed Creston’s Marimba Concerto with the Simon Sinfonietta (MA) and with the British Columbia Chamber
Orchestra and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in Canada. He has performed marimba recitals at the Boston
Public Library, the University of Georgia, the Colonial Theatre (MA), The Paramount Theatre (VT), Jordan
Hall in Boston, at Stratford Summer Music in Canada, in Denmark, Croatia, and
at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
An inspiring teacher to young
percussionists, Mr. Cheung has given Master Classes throughout the U.S
including NYU, the Juilliard School, and
the Curtis Institute of Music, the Amsterdam Conservatory, and the Paris Conservatory.
Mr. Cheung moved from his native
Hong Kong to Vancouver at the age of 12. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute in
Philadelphia, his Artist Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, and his
Doctorate from the University of Michigan. Mr.
Cheung currently holds the post of Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University
of Oregon. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Innovative Percussion Artist.