Pianist and composer Winnie Cheung first encountered tango through the dance in Portland, Oregon. She experienced an immediate infatuation with both the dance and the music, especially in the way that the music could be born out of movement. For her, tango’s timelessness comes from this intimate, human connection to movement.
Ms. Cheung has performed music throughout the world, ranging from Bach to the avant-garde. She has worked with many of the world’s leading composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Louis Andriessen, and many more. As a tango pianist, she has shared the stage with Julian Peralta and Grammy Award winner Pablo Aslan, among others.
A prolific composer, Ms. Cheung’s works for diverse instruments share a dilated sense of time and space, and reflect an East Asian philosophical and aesthetic influence. Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Indonesia and France, and have received numerous awards, including the prestigious Brian M. Israel Prize from the Society for New Music. Her duo for koto and violin, Taking the Scarlet, was recorded by the duo VioLINKoto and released on CD under the Cedille label.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ms. Cheung earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Chicago, and a M.M. and D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She has taught composition and orchestration at the Eastman School, as well as music theory at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.