Biography

Hi.

I am a pianist and poet from Toronto currently residing in Montreal.

My book of poems Structures from the Still,  will be published by Akinoga Press this August.

I am the author of three other chapbooks: Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016), Kite Extension (Words(on)Pages, 2017) and Comfort of Malice (Inspiritus, 2018).

I regularly perform as a recitalist and soloist giving concerts throughout Canada, US, and Asia.

You can find all about me below

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Stanford Cheung is a pianist and poet from Toronto praised as “an artist of charming sensitivity and whole hearted intellect” (Toronto Weekly). He has appeared as a recitalist, and concerto soloist performing in venues across North America including Carnegie Hall’s Zenkel Recital Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Hammerson Hall in Mississauga and The Salle Tocatta Studio. His performances have cumulated in numerous national media broadcasts including OMNI Network, and Fairchild Television.

His debut book, Any Seam or Needlework, was released by The Operating System (2016, Brooklyn NY) in collaboration with quilt artist, Daphne Taylor as part of their 4th annual Print Document Series: Of Sound::Mind, which celebrates the headspace of poet musicians. On April 2017, Stanford released his second chapbook Kite Extension curated by the Toronto publisher Words(on)Pages. His third chapbook Comfort of Malice , a collaborative book of poems featuring photography by poet JC Bouchard, was published in June by Inspiritus Press. His first full length collection of poems Structures from the Still, will be released by Akinoga Press this August and explores the phenomena of memory recall.

Recent orchestral appearances include opening the 4th season with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra performing Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as being a guest soloist performing the entire cycle of Joe Hisaishi’s Melodyphony with the OCMS Philhamonic Orchestra. In the fall of 2017, he was invited by the OCMS Philharmonic for another consecutive season to perform the Yellow River Concerto.

Stanford holds a FTCL Fellowship from the Trinity College of Music London, U.K. Additionally, he holds distinctions in three licentiate performance designations: LTCL, LRCM, LCCM and two associate dimplomas: ATCL and ARCT from the Trinity College of London U.K, The Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, and the Canada Conservatory of London. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with the Romanian pianist Marietta Orlov.

He has been awarded prizes and honors in numerous competitions, including first prize at the Canadian International Piano Arts Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano Competition where he was subsequently awarded “The Best Romantic Interpreter Prize.” He is also grand prize winner at the Canada CCC National Piano Competition, and a top laureate at the San Jose International Piano Competition.

Born into a family of musicians, Stanford began studying piano at the age of five and gave his first solo recital at age 12. He later furthered his studies at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists under the Lucia Ten Kortenaar scholarship. He has also had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses conducted by celebrated pedagogues most notably James Anagnoson, Marc Durand, Dang Thai Son, Andre Laplante, John O’Conor, Ian Parker, and James Parker.

Presently, Stanford is pursuing his Master degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in the studio of Kyoko Hashimoto. His past mentors include Kum Sing Lee of the Vancouver Music Academy and Natalya Tyomkina, a past professor at the State Conservatory of Minsk.