Gloria Cheng

Grant Gershon Piano
March 10, 2021

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng has long been devoted to a process of creative collaboration, having worked with internationally acclaimed composers such as John Adams, Terry Riley, Thomas Adès and the late Steven Stucky.  Ms. Cheng has appeared as a soloist with the LA Philharmonic, and as a recitalist on their Green Umbrella Series.  She has performed at the Ojai Festival (first appearing there in 1984 with Pierre Boulez), the Chicago Humanities Festival, the William Kapell Festival and the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.  Ms. Cheng has inspired and premiered many compositions, including Esa-Pekka Salonen's Dichotomie, which is dedicated to her.  She received a Grammy for her 2009 recording, Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky and Lutoslawski, and a nomination for her 2013 disc, The Edge of Light: Messiaen/Saariaho.  Ms. Cheng's film, MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano - documenting the recording of works composed for her by Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman and John Williams – aired on PBS SoCal and captured the 2018 Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for Independent Programming.  Her most recent disc, Garlands for Steven Stucky, is a star-studded tribute to the late composer by 32 of his friends and former students.  After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University,  Ms. Cheng studied in Paris on a Woolley Scholarship and earned graduate degrees from UCLA and USC, where she studied with Aube Tzarko and John Perry.  Gloria Cheng is currently on the faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where she has created courses and programs designed to unite performers, composers and scholars.