Cheung Chau began cello lessons at age seven and soon received top prizes at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including first prize at the Commercial Radio Prize Competition at age twelve – the youngest musician ever to receive this prize.  At fourteen, he was invited to perform as soloist, playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The Sing Tao Daily described him as “a rare gem in the musical field”.  Mr. Chau was a full scholarship recipient from the R. D. Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, the Harid Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.  He won the first prize in the "Artist of Tomorrow" competition in Los Angeles, among others.  He holds the first double doctorate awarded from the New England Conservatory in Boston in wind ensemble conducting and cello performance.  His cello teachers include Colin Carr, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Aldo Parisot and Johanne Perrron.  He also played in master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, Ralph Kirshbaum and Lawrence Lesser.

Mr. Chau performs as a soloist and chamber musician in USA, Hong Kong, Macao, China, Germany, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland.  He performed as a soloist with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Chamber Orchestra, Hemet Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra and recorded for Hong Kong Radio and Television Corporation, China Central Television,  Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Acte Préalable,  Irish Radio and was heard on Polish Radio Merkury and TVP Poznan. He performed in Merkin Hall and Yale Club in New York,  Jordan Hall in Boston,  Fine Arts Recital Hall in Ambassador College and in Miami, Providence, Salt Lake City,  Stockholm, Warsaw, Beijing and   and at Sardinia.   He is a member of Atma Piano Trio, with pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski and violinist  Blanka Bednarz.  The ensemble performed in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, China,  many times in the US, and toured extensively in Poland.  Their concerts merited high critical acclaim and broke several audience attendance records.  Chau can be heard both as cellist and conductor on a  CD released by Polish label Acte Préalable (AP0181) in works by Roman Palester and Paul Kletzki, as well as on CD with Atma Trio, AP0172, Acte Préalable. He participated also at recording of  "Maria Szymanowska Complete Piano Works" released in2013 (AP0281-83, Acte Préalable). Chau has premiered numerous new works as cellist and conductor.

Presently Dr. Chau devotes most of his time to conducting, as director of a symphony and chamber orchestra of the Utah Valley University,  quest conductor of  Utah Valley Youth Symphony and director of Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. Conducts her concert in Poland, but also toured twice China, performed a few times in Germany and in France. He teaches also cello as an Assistant Professor of UVU. The Polish Gazeta Wyborcza praised Chau for his “air of freshness and uniqueness” and for “his ability to create pastel landscapes of sound with very dynamic, poignant gestures”.  His interpretations of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture and Mozart’s Prague Symphony were “most convincing, persuasive”, and the Xiamen Business News wrote that “[Chau] performed with strong resolution and courage.  He was full of enthusiasm, confidence, and determination, expressed his feelings and led the orchestra very efficiently, dedicating to the audience an exquisite performance”.

 Invited by music director Edo de Waart, Chau served as assistant conductor to Maestro de Waart and conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in prominent projects, including leading the Philharmonic in the 2007 world live broadcast opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s Handover, amongst guests including Chinese President Hu Jintao

As guest conductor, Chau conducted Nordhausen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Russia), China National Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tianjin, Xiamen, Wuhan, Xinhua Philharmonic Orchestras and Inner Mongolia Opera Theater (China), Gavle Symphony Orchestra and SAMI Sinfonietta (Sweden), Vaasa City Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy Orchestra (Finland), the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, International Musical Arts Institute chamber orchestra and Fargo-Morehead Symphony (USA). In Poland, Chau conducted Bialystok, Olsztyn, Kielce, Sudettic Philharmonic Orchestras and –several times--Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Formerly he served as a music director of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota, Central Pennsylvania Symphony and Manchester Symphony and Chorale, Georgia Southern Symphony, orchestras at Connecticut University and  Haverford College.   

In August 2011, Chau directed the International Karol Szymanowski Festival in Beijing, China, presenting concerts at the China National Centre for the Arts, Beijing Concert Hall and Forbidden City Concert Hall, with works of Szymanowski as well as works of other Polish and Chinese composers, Sinfonietta Polonia combining forces with China National Symphony and Choir, Atma Trio, and artists from the USA, Russia, Poland and China. The Szymanowski festival was supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Embassy in Beijing and was selected as an  event of the cultural programme of the Polish presidency of the European Union Council in Beijing. He performed at this festival also as cellist of Atma Trio.

 He also coached sectionals for the GBYSO in Boston. He taught master classes throughout US, among others at Lawrence Conservatory, NEC Preparatory Division (where he also taught chamber music) and in China. 

Mr. Chau’s principal conducting teachers include Jorma Panula and Frank Battisti.  He also studied under Edo de Waart, David Zinman (at Aspen), Alan Gilbert and Esa-Pekka Salonen.


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