James Cheung has established himself as a much sought after song pianist and chamber musician appearing internationally with leading singers and instrumentalists.
He has performed in recital with renowned singers such as Christian Gerhaher, Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley, Joan Rogers, Elizabeth Watts, Elliot Madore, Marcus Farnsworth, Ruby Hughes, Sibylla Rubens, Martin Mitterrutzner, Wiebke Lehmkuhl and Benjamin Appl at venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Düsseldorf Tonhalle, Camerata Musica Cambridge, Oxford Lieder Festival, The Banff Centre, St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Opera House, live broadcasts on BBC television and radio and festivals including Southwell, Aldeburgh and Aix en Provence and many more.
James was recently presented with The Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik ("German Record Critics' Award”) for his playing on Christian Gerhaher's recording of the complete songs of Schumann, released by Sony.
As a chamber musician, James has partnered with Gerold Huber in piano duets and regularly performs with violinist Agata Daraskaite as well as collaborating with many other instrumentalists and ensembles.
James began his piano studies with Denise Erlandsen then at the Royal College of Music JD with Aaron Shorr. After studying with Tatiana Sarkissova at the Royal Academy of Music, James continued his postgraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatoire with Alexander Mndojants and Alexander Bonduriansky. James also frequently attended the Britten-Pears Programme in Aldeburgh.
James is an associate of the Royal Academy of Music where he is a professor of Ensemble Piano and vocal coach. James also teaches song interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich. James teaches at masterclasses internationally including The Banff Centre in Canada, AlpenKammerMusik in Austria and is a regular guest at Schloss Elmau as a performer and teacher.