CELLIST CHEUNG CHAU
Cellist and conductor Cheung Chau is director of orchestral studies and cello studies at Utah Valley University and directs the Utah Valley Youth Symphony and the Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. He has served as music director of Bloomington Symphony, Central Pennsylvania Symphony, the Manchester Symphony, assistant conductor to Edo de Waart at the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and held positions at Haverford College and University of Connecticut. Chau received the first-ever double doctorate degree from the New England Conservatory in wind ensemble conducting and cello. He studied with Frank Battisti and Jorma Panula, cello with Colin Carr, Aldo Parisot and Eleonore Schoenfeld. Chau soloed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Macao Orchestra, and recorded works of Ravel, Mendelssohn and Szymanowska for Acte Preable as member of Atma Trio. Chau has conducted the Hong Kong, Nordhausen, Sudecka, Lublin, Tianjin and Wuhan Philharmonics, and Filharmonica Marchigiana. He conducted the Williamsport Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Gavle Symphony, Kielce Philharmonic, Olsztyn and Bialystok Philharmonic Orchestras. Invited by Edo de Waart, Chau led the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the 2007 world live broadcast opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s HandoverChau was conductor of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Poznan Dance Academy in productions of Giselle and L'histoire du soldat. He guest conducted the Royal Swedish Academy Opera and Georgia Southern Opera in Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. As conductor Chau has collaborated with soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Colin Carr, Pierre-Ives Artaud, Adrian Levine, Maria Masycheva, Nathan Hughes, Barbara Kubiak, Barnabas Kelleman,and Patrycja Piekutowska. As music director of Sinfonietta Polonia Chau recorded Palester’s String Serenade for the label Acte Preable, conducted the orchestra in the International Szymanowski Festival in Beijing in 2011 with performances at the National Center for the Arts and the Beijing Concert Hall.