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Mr Cheng-Ying Chuang

Biography

Cheng-Ying Chuang – countertenor & Chinese lutenist

Cheng-Ying was born in Taipei and studied in diverse genres of music since childhood. His first experience in vocal music began as a boy treble in the Children’s Choir of Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Since his junior high school years, he began his study of Chinese lutes (liuqin and ruan), performed as a singer/ lutenist/ conductor in solo/ chamber/ choral/ orchestral music, and won the first prizes of Taiwan Music Competition of Liuqin solo in 1991 and of Chinese Orchestra in 1996 as the principal conductor of National Taiwan University Chinese Orchestra. In 1997 he finished his study at the National Taiwan University and was awarded the BS in Horticulture.

Cheng-Ying was awarded the Master Degree of Landscape Architecture in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania. During his post-graduate study in Philadelphia, he sang as a countertenor with the choir of St. Peter’s Church, an early music ensemble ‘Ancient Voices’ conducted by Professor William Parberry, Mendelssohn Club in Philadelphia conducted by Professor Alan Harler, and the Conductors’ Chorus in Temple University. He had singing lessons with American countertenor Drew Minter in 2004 and with Taiwanese soprano Jessica (Hsing-An) Chen during 2004-2005.

After winning the 4th Voice Competition of the Celebration of Arising Stars Festival held by Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education in 2004, Cheng-Ying finished PGDip program in June 2006 and MMus program in June 2007 in the Department of Vocal and Operatic Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire with the Head Professor Julian Pike and Mezzo Soprano Christine Cairns as singing teachers. He sang in the masterclass and currently had individual lessons with Michael Chance. He was also the 2nd prize winner of 2006 Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and a finalist of 2006/2007 Mario Lanza Opera Prize and of 2007 Ashleyan Opera Prize at Birmingham Conservatoire. He was awarded Vocal Young Star of National Concert Hall. He is a member of London Symphony Chorus and performs with the Chorus in London Barbican Centre regularly.

Cheng-Ying applies his musicality to multi-cultural concerts, projects and educational workshops. He recently performed “Piccadilly Revisited” in Linbury Theatre of Royal Opera House with Chinatown Arts Space in ROH2 series, Roundhouse “Space to Create” project “Toward the Border”, and a recital series "Wandering Voices" in UK, performing both Chinese and Western classical music on voice and Chinese lutes with his ensemble Musitonik. Other engagements have included choir's Chinese/vocal coach for Damon Albarn's Monkey's World in O2 Centre from Oct. 2008 - Jan. 2009; as vocal/instrumental soloist in Harmony Ensemble and iMAP Ensemble in Scotland from April 2008-now; Chinese instrument tutor in Kingston Chinese Association in 2007-2008; the role Apollo in Birmingham Conservatoire's early opera production Psyche in June 2007 by Matthew Lock; voice/lute lecture recital "East & West" in Bielefeld University, Germany in April 2007: World Music project "Faces" with England composer Mark Lockett and Indian classical singer Sanchita Pal in April 2007; the gallery musician for Ukrainian Artist Yuri Leiderman's exhibition Geopoetics in Birmingham IKON Gallery 2007 summer exhibition; recitals as a Chinese lutenist/ countertenor in Birmingham ArtsFest 2006 & 2007; an organ song and a Chinese lute recitals in St Martin's Church of Bullring in Birmingham in 2006/2007; Chinese and English lute song recital with guitarist Liz Larner in Birmingham Cathedral; quartet solo countertenor in English Eccentrics at Birmingham Conservatoire production 2006; one scene as both title roles of Handel's opera Giulio Cesare (Dec. 2005) and Ariodante (Dec. 2006) in the Opera Scenes of Birmingham Conservatoire; countertenor solo for Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with Taipei Philharmonic Chorus; principal conductor/concert master and liuqin/zhongruan concerto soloist in National Taiwan University Chinese Orchestra; ruan leader and concerto soloist in Taipei Youth Chinese Orchestra; choir singer/soloist with Taipei Men's Glee and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus; score arranger for Taipei Liuqin Ensemble; and conducting tutor of the Chinese Music Association at Affiliated Senior High School of The National Taiwan Normal University.

Contact Cheng-Ying

Address: Pembroke Road
Greater London
N10 2HT
Phone: 07929295824
Mobile: 07929295824
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00

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