Biography

Stanford Cheung is a Canadian neo-speculative artist working across a variety of creative hubs as a classical concert pianist, sonic artist, new-music composer, and multi-disciplinary poet.

As a concert pianist, Stanford Cheung maintains an active performing career as a recitalist and soloist across North America, the UK, Canada, Asia, and Europe. A top prize winner at the San Jose International Piano Competition, the Steinway Piano Competition, and Canadian Music Competition, he has performed at international venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Hall in New York City, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Hammerson Hall and The Kusatsu Performance Center in Tokyo. Stanford has held concerto engagements with the Mississauga Symphony, OCMS Philharmonic, and Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. He received a Master’s degree in piano performance from McGill University under the tutelage of Kyoko Hashimoto and a Bachelor’s from the University of Toronto studying with Marietta Orlov. He holds a Fellowship in piano performance from the Trinity College of London, UK.

An advocate for new music, Stanford actively engages in ingenious approaches to integrate classical music with technologies in innovative ways. Stanford dedicates his time to composing contemporary works that explore improvisation, noise, electronics, and alternative forms of musical notation. His forthcoming commissions include Two Sky Preludes for Piano & Drone for Osaka University Concert Series (Japan), Fragile Glim for the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto), Asymptote for Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago), and Sonicfolio Scores, a collection of graphic scores to be published by The Operating System Press in 2023 (New York).

Stanford’s work as a multi-disciplinary poet and sonic artist finds expression towards a plethora of artistic creations, publications, concerts and art installations. These innovative works have been exhibited, or will be forthcoming at institutions including the Banff Centre for the Arts, Pioneer Works Brooklyn, Lunenburg Academy for the Arts, the Orpheus Institute, the Kitakyushu Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Tokyo Poetry Journal, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The Film and Video Poetry Society, The University of Edinburgh, and Christchurch University. Stanford collaborates with a broad range of renowned artists including the Erich Barganier, Morgan Fisher, Steven J Fowler, Scott Hunter, Shahzad Ismaily, Jonathan Kawchuk, Nobuo Kubota, Elæ Moss, Marc di Saverio, and Jordan A.Y Smith among others.

Presently, Stanford is pursuing his Doctorate of Music Degree at McGill University where his research is dedicated to the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Besides his busy schedule, Stanford has contributed his talents to help the community during the pandemics. He also contributes his time to serve in the artistic committee of the CCC Toronto International Music Festival.

Born in Toronto, Stanford was raised in a family of musicians. A multi-faceted individual, Stanford grew up painting, immersed in street-dance, and has learned to perform on several musical instruments. He is an avid tea enthusiast, insatiable book worm, and continues to develop a great passion for film.

Stanford leads the multimodal sonic project The Yuha Archive