Praised by the Toronto Weekly as “an artist of poetic sensitivity and whole hearted intellect,” Stanford Cheung is a Canadian pianist and poet. Possessing an artistically inimitable and refined style that has been enjoyed on a national and global scale throughout the US, Canada, and Asia, he has performed to great acclaim in many of North America’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Recital Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, Le Petit Trianon Hall in California, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and The Salle Tocatta Studio. Many of his solo concerts have cumulated in numerous national media broadcasts including OMNI Network, Fairchild Television along with major- printed and digital media. His recent engagements include opening the 2016/2017 season at Hammerson Hall with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra performing Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Denis Mastromonaco, as well as being a guest soloist playing the entire cycle of Joe Hisaishi’s Melodyphony with the OCMS Philharmonic Orchestra. This coming fall, Stanford will return for another consecutive season to perform the Yellow River Piano Concerto with the OCMS Philharmonic.
He has received the Fellowship from the Trinity College of Music London, U.K- the highest professional designation at the postgraduate level conferred by the organization. Additionally, he holds distinctions in three licentiate piano performance designations LTCL, LRCM, & LCCM from Trinity College London, U.K and The Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, and Canada Conservatory of London respectively. He also holds two associate performance diplomas ATCL and ARCT from the Trinity College and Royal Conservatory of Music.
A top prize winner in numerous competitions, Stanford captured first prize at the 2nd Canadian International Piano Arts Competition as well as first prize at the 7th American Protégé International Piano Competition where he was subsequently awarded “The Best Romantic Interpreter Award.” He was also the grand prize winner of the 8th Canada CCC National Piano Competition and a top laureate at the 13th San Jose International Piano Competition. Among his awards and distinctions are scholarships endowed from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada Cultural Festival, Canimax Foundation and The Alexander and Buono Foundation.
Stanford has released several chapbook collections, with a focus on metaphysics and phonetic soundscapes. 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, will be published by Inspiritus Press this June. In the summer of 2018, his first full length collection of poems Structures from the Still, will be released by Akinoga Press in August.
Born in Toronto, Stanford began studying piano at the age of five under the tutelage of his parents who were prominent musicians and gave his solo recital debut at age 12. He later furthered his studies at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists under the Lucia Ten Kortenaar scholarship, where he was frequently presented in recital. Stanford has also performed in masterclasses conducted by celebrated pedagogues most notably James Anagnoson, Marc Durand, Andre Laplante, David Louie, John O’ Conor, Ian Parker, and James Parker. Additionally, he has had the privilege of working closely with acclaimed concert pianist, Dang Thai Son at the Centre d’Arts Orford.
Presently, Stanford is pursuing his advanced music studies at the University of Toronto in the studio of Marietta Orlov. His mentors include Kum Sing Lee of the Vancouver Music Academy and Natalya Tyomkina, a past professor at the State Conservatory of Minsk.