Praised by the Toronto Weekly as an artist of “charming sensitivity and whole-hearted intellect,” and by the Itoshima Inquirer for his “refined warmth in 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 13th San Jose International 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.
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, Kum Sing Lee and John O’Conor, 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. His debut collection of poems Structures from the Still released by Akinoga in 2018, 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 Jouranl, 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.
Born in Toronto, Stanford began playing the piano at the age of five and gave his first recital at ten. Graduating with the highest honors from the Glen Gould School Pre-College Program and the University of Toronto, his mentors include Kum Sing Lee and Marietta Orlov. Presently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree at McGill University studying with Kyoko Hashimoto.