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 Recent winner of 3rd Prize in the 2013 International MAV Conducting Competition in Budapest, Hungary.  Canadian conductor, Vincent Cheng, first established himself as a prominent accompanist in Toronto:  associate organist at St. Michael’s Cathedral, principal organist and music director at St. Rose of Lima and St. Luke Churches (2000 - 2012) and orchestral pianist for the Toronto Philharmonia.  Cheng studied with reknown composer, An Lun Huang and received his training as organist at St. Michael’s Choir School.  Since 1992, Vincent has become a most sought-after accompanist for ensembles, soloists and churches.  In 2012, Vincent released his album as organist, Celestial Gifts, with soprano Hazel Hetimier.

Cheng's conducting career began in 2004 when he conducted his own arrangement of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 for 10 pianos and 20 pianists at Toronto City Halls, taking the audience by storm.  He then founded Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir in 2005, and has since brought the choir to astonishing heights, being described as one of Canada’s most versatile choir.  As a result of these successes, Vincent was appointed Assistant Conductor, Chorusmaster for the Toronto Philharmonia from 2006-2010 under the leadership of Kerry Stratton – who has become his influential and inspiring mentor.   

Cheng's conducting experience extends internationally in masterclasses and competitions: The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (California, USA), Rosecity Chamber Orchestra (Portland, USA), Bucharest International Conducting Competition (2011), Chisinau International Conducting Competition (2011), MAV Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary), AVEM Festival (Aigues-Vives, France).   He is also a guest conductor for The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Sneak Peak Orchestra and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation Workshop.  Cheng has received tutelage under conductors such as Jorma Panula, John Farrer, Donald Thulean, Daniel Lewis, Ilona Meskó, Raffi Armenian, Kenneth Woods, Christopher Zimmerman, David Hoose and Vladimir Stoupel.  Vincent is currently music director for Vocal Horizons Symphony Orchestra, a professional orchestra performing a variety of repertoire.

In September 2012, Cheng began his European debut as assistant conductor for the German premiere of Wir Gratulieren!, an opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany.  He continued in February 2013 with a production of Shostakovich's opera, Das Märchen vom Popen und seinem Knecht Balda with sold-out success.

In addition to conducting, Vincent is an avid arranger and composer for choir and orchestra.  Momentum, a dance suite commissioned by Motus O Dance Company in 2010, garnered huge success during its premieres.  His arrangement of popular artist Nas performed at the Toronto Raptor’s opening game Oct, 2009 reached millions of viewers. Vincent regularly premieres new choral arrangements at concerts with Vocal Horizons.  His arrangements of popular film soundtracks such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Rocky have been deemed audience favourites.  

Vincent’s passion extends to post-production, where he has produced several recordings as producer and sound engineer.  Vincent is also training in becoming a psychotherapist and counsellor. 

Vincent can be reached at vcheng@vocalhorizons.com.

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