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First prize winner of the 1st European Union Conductor’s Competition in 2018, Henry Cheng has established himself as an internationally acclaimed young Taiwanese-American Conductor.
In November 2017, Cheng was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Klangkraft Orchester in Duisburg, Germany. With a “new rich orchestral sound full of energy and vitality,” he made his Klangkraft Orchester debut at the Duisburger Akzente Festival under the festival theme of “Nie wieder Krieg” (never again war), and a program titled “The World Dies Screaming”, a commentary of the humanistic responsibility of climate change.
In the upcoming 2018-2020 seasons, in addition to his positions as Visiting Artist at Cornell University and Chief Conductor of the Klangkraft Orchester, Henry will make his guest conducting debut with the MAV Symphony Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Cameristi della Scala, Bdapest Operetta Theater Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic in Lomza, Kodaly Philharmonic, Pori Sinfonietta, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Ningbo Symphony Orchestra, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, and National Moravian-Silesian Opera.
Henry has been invited to the prestigious masterclasses of Maestros Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Kurt Masur at the Aurora Music Festival, Tugan Sokhiev with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, and Riccardo Muti at his Italian Opera Academy in the summer of 2018.
As an educator and community outreach supporter, he has worked with and developed programs with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Bochumer Symphoniker, and the Indiana University Beethoven Project. He has also worked with many middle and high schools in his hometown of Atlanta, GA.
Henry has premiered more than forty new works of all sizes and mediums, collaborating with visual artists, choreographers, dancers, and singers. As an opera conductor and coach, he has conducted and played in productions of Candide, Die Fledermaus, Dialogues des Carmélites, La Boheme, Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte.
Henry received his Bachelors in Piano at Eastman School of Music with Professor Thomas Schumacher. As a conductor, he has studied at Georgia State University, Indiana University, and at the University of Arts Berlin under Maestros Michael Palmer, Arthur Fagen, and Steven Sloane.