Biography

An artist of charming sensitivity and whole hearted intellect”  Toronto Weekly

Stanford Cheung is a pianist and poet from Toronto. He has performed as a recitalist and concerto soloist in venues across North America, Canada, and Asia including Carnegie’s Zenkel Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Hammerson Hall in Missisauga and Kusatsu Hall in Japan. 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 Trinity College of London U.K, the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, and the Canada Conservatory of London. Stanford also has had the privilege to work closely with celebrated musicians of our time most notably: Dang Thai Son, Marc Durand, Christopher Hinterhuber, John O’Conor, Kum Sing Lee and James Parker.

An active voice among the independent literary scene, Stanford’s debut full-length collection of poems Structures from the Still, was released by Akinoga (2018, Baltimore) and explores the phenomena of memory recall. Other works include Any Seam of Needlework in collaboration with the quilt artist Daphne Taylor released from The Operating System (2016, Brooklyn) as part of their 4th annual Print Document Series: Of Sound::Mind, Kite Extension curated by Words(on)Pages (Toronto, 2017) followed by Comfort of Malice from Inspiritus (Toronto, 2018), a book crafted around film and rural soundscapes featuring photographs by poet JC Bouchard. In 2019, Stanford will be Artist in Residence at Studio Kura, Itoshima Japan where he will exhibit his poetry installation Cutaway. He will also be recording a cycle of poems, in collaboration with poet Marc di Saverio for a CD album titled Montage which will be released under Inspiritus.

Born into a family of musicians, Stanford began learning piano at the age of five and gave his first 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 holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Toronto studying with the Romanian pianist Marietta Orlov. Presently, Stanford is pursuing his Master’s degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in the studio of Kyoko Hashimoto.

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