2017 Performer Profiles: James Cheung

No.3 – James Cheung

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2017 Southwell Music Festival.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming pianist James Cheung back to Southwell Music Festival.

1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do?

Hello, I’m a pianist based in Kensal Rise in North West London. Since my student days in London and Moscow I’ve been mainly playing chamber music here and abroad in recitals with instrumentalists and singers. Recently I was also teaching at the Banff centre in Canada.

2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?

I’m really looking forward to playing in the Fauré piano quintet and Brahms horn trio. I love the feeling of making music at summer festivals. People coming together from across the world and making music together in quite a spontaneous way. Often strangers before the rehearsals but friends after the performance. It’s a really nice process.

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?

The next few months are pretty busy for me. I have a tour with the baritone Christian Gerhaher with recitals at the Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall and in Dusseldorf and Cambridge. Performances at Blackheath Halls and the Oxford Lieder Festival of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with Marcus and Alison which is something we’ve been wanting to do for ages but haven’t found the time till now. I’m setting up a mixed genre concert series with my friend Leo Abrahams (watch this space!) and I also have a son who is nearly 3 so even if I didn’t have anything else to do I’d still be totally exhausted!”