PIANIST TO LEAD MASTER CLASS - The Coast Reporter October 16, 2004

Angela Cheng, one of Canada's most brilliant pianists, will make her long-awaited Coast Recital Society concert debut 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 24th at the Raven's Cry Theatre. This is the second concert in the Coast Recital Society's 2004-2005 concert season. In addition to her recital, Cheng will conduct a masterclass with two young Sunshine Coast pianists, Neal Andrews and Stephen Beckmyer. The masterclass, an on-stage performance, discussion and instruction at the keyboard, will take place 11 a.m., Monday, October 25th, also at the Raven's Cry. Students, teachers and members of the public are invited to attend Cheng's masterclass. Admission is free. Passes are required and can be obtained by contacting the CRS office, 885-0991.

"The Coast Recital Society is delighted to present Angela Cheng," said CRS Artistic Director, Frances Wainwright. "She's a remarkable keyboard artist and a dedicated teacher who has embraced the importance of passing her knowledge on to young performers." Wainwright, a former producer of classical music programming for CBC Radio, recalls first encountering the young Angela Cheng at a 1985 audition in her hometown of Edmonton. "The exceptional talent and promise she showed then quickly blossomed, and I've followed her growing career with the greatest interest and admiration."

In 1986, Cheng was the Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition and in 1988, she was the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition. Cheng has appeared as soloist with virtually every orchestra in Canada, as well as the Israel Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Colorado, Syracuse, St. Louis, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Huston and Utah. She has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles including the Takacs, Colorado and Vogler quartets, and has recorded a number of CDs. Cheng is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music and Indiana University. She studied with the world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler, and she now teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

For her recital in Sechelt, Cheng will perform Haydn's Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI:50; Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2, Op. 14; and three works by Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61; Ballade No. 1 in g Minor, Op. 23; and Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22.