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Gloria Cheng

Over a distinguished and varied career, GRAMMY - and Emmy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng has been described by the New York Times as "an invaluable new-music advocate and a preferred collaborator of composers like Pierre Boulez and Esa-Pekka Salonen." She has been a concerto soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez, and on its acclaimed Green Umbrella series with Salonen and Oliver Knussen. As a recitalist she has appeared at the Ojai Music Festival (where her long association with Boulez began in 1984), Chicago Humanities Festival, William Kapell Festival, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and Mendocino and Chautauqua Music Festivals. Her countless premieres and dedications include John Williams' Prelude and Scherzo for Piano and Orchestra(dedicated to her and pianist Lang Lang), Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Dichotomie, and Pierre Boulez’s courtes dérives à partir d’Éclat. She commissioned the 2-piano arrangement of Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face from Thomas Adès and premiered it with the composer on the Piano Spheres series. Winner of the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) GRAMMY for her 2008 recording, Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky, and Lutosławski, she received a second nomination for her 2013 disc, The Edge of Light: Messiaen/Saariaho. Her film-composer documentary, MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, aired on PBS SoCal and captured a 2018 Los Angeles Area Emmy. Her education includes a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, a Woolley Scholarship for study in Paris, and graduate degrees in performance from UCLA and the University of Southern California, where her teachers included Aube Tzerko and John Perry. Her much sought-after classes and programs at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music bring students together with noted performers, composers, and scholars.


Joel Rosenbaum, Prelude, for Gloria Cheng


Tomàs Peire, Microludes

Hide and Seek

Bells on Canvas

Just Spring

Little Rumble

True Story: Listen!

Sighs and Whispers

Rush Hour

Remember Me



Erich Zeisl 1905-1959), Piees for Barbara


The Lonely Shepherd (Der Einsame Hirte)

In the Factory (In der Fabrik)

Old Tale (Alte Sage)


Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023), Prelude


Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Courtes dérives à partir d’Éclat


John Adams (b. 1947), Phrygian G

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