Gloria Cheng, artistic advisor

Pianist Gloria Cheng is widely cited for performances that unveil the emotional core of music both new and old. She is the winner of the 2009 Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, while her newest disc, The Edge of Light: Messiaen/Saariaho, in collaboration with the Calder Quartet, was a 2014 Nominee in the same category. Festival highlights include recitals at Ojai, William Kapell Festival, and Tanglewood, where she performed the opening recital of the 2012 Festival of Contemporary Music. Ms. Cheng has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Long Beach, Pacific, and Pasadena Symphonies, performs regularly on the Jacaranda Music series, and has been featured in numerous movie soundtracks from The Matrix trilogy to The Adventures of Tintin.  She was 2012 Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds degrees from Stanford University, UCLA and the University of Southern California. Her primary teachers were Isabelle Sant’Ambrogio, Aube Tzerko, and John Perry. She is on the faculty at UCLA.