Biography

Praised by the Toronto Weekly as an artist of “charming sensitivity and whole-hearted intellect,” and by the Itoshima Inquirer for his “lushly refined tone,” pianist Stanford Cheung maintains an active performing career as a recitalist and soloist across North America, the UK, Canada and Asia. A top prize winner at the San Jose International Piano Competition, the Steinway Piano Competition, and Canadian Music Competition, he has performed in numerous international venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Hall in New York City, The Royal Ontario Museum and Living Arts Centre in Toronto, and The Kusatsu Performance Center in Tokyo. His recitals have been broadcast on OMNI and Fairchild Television. Among his notable engagements include opening the 44th season with the Mississauga Symphony as well as touring with the OCMS Philharmonic for two consecutive seasons.

Born in Toronto, Stanford was raised in a family of musicians and began playing the piano at the age of five. Graduating with the highest honors from the Glen Gould School Pre-College Program and the University of Toronto, his mentors include renowned pedagogues Kum Sing Lee and Marietta Orlov. He later furthered his studies with Kyoko Hashimoto in Montreal where he received his Master’s in piano performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

He holds a Fellowship from the Trinity College of London, U.K as well as distinctions in three licentiate performance designations: LTCL, LRCM, LCCM from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Canada Conservatory of London. Among Stanford’s work with celebrated pedagogues Dang Thai Son, Christopher Hinterhuber, John O’Conor and Logan Skelton, have left a meaningful impact on him.

In addition to performing, Stanford also pursues an active career as an author. Since emerging from the Toronto poetry scene in 2014, he has released a commendable body of work which has garnered the interest of readers outside the insular scene. He debuted as a poet when Nomadic Press published his poem “Remaining Figments.” In 2018, his collection of poems Structures from the Still released by Akinoga Press, was described by Marc di Saverio as “having a lyrical clarity and sage-like terseness that would make the Imagist poet Erza Pound himself, take full notice of this young-fully arrived poet.” A Pushcart Prize nominee, Stanford’s poetry appears in anthologies and magazines such as Nomadic Journal, Tokyo Poetry Journal, Prompt Iowa, and the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop. His second full-length book of poems titled Demonstrator, is forthcoming from Andata Express in 2021.