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MEMBERS  OF  THE  MARKHAM  SYMPHONY  ORCHESTRA   ~  Ephraim  Cheung,  Music  Director  and  Conductor ~ *Biography*


Tak Kwan

    Concertmaster [Acting]

Rufat Amiraliev

   Assist. Concertmaster [Acting]

Luri Lee

    Assoc. Concertmaster [Acting]

Ding Huang

Mihail Ciobanu

Norman Hathaway

Erica Williamson

Shih-Han Sun



Hezekiah Leung *

Takayo Noguchi

Alexander Weinstangel

Anna Karbowska

Sona Kaltagian

Jean Wulkan

Tase Stojanoski



Jonathan Craig *

Anna Barycz-Engli

Emma Vachon-Tweney

Anna Antropova

Brenna McLane



* Acting Principal

+ Acting Co-Principal


Jihyun Ahn *

Brandon Wilkie +

Andras Weber

Teimour Sadykhov

Hyemee Yang

William J. S. McLeish

Sarah Jane Gibbs



Karen Kabiri *

Lech Straczynski

Val Wilshynsky



Jaye Marsh-Graham *

Suren Amirkhanyan

Mor Shargall



Marta Kosek *

Tamsin Johnston



Danielle Johannes



Peter Pinteric *

Sahar Azar



Larkin Hinder *

Sheba Thibideau



Barbad Bayat *

Adam Gaw

Iris Krizmanic

Curtis Vander Hyden



Steve Arsenault *

Jonas Feldman



Allistar Gaskin *

James Chilton

Ryan Broughton



Ryan Broughton



Allen Carter *



Michael Bronson *

Dave Burns



Liane James


MSO Music Director and Conductor  *Biography*

Music Director and Conductor of Markham Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Ephraim Cheung, holds a Master of Music Degree in performance from the world’s prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (1986, U.S.A.). He was a recipient of the Anton Rubinstein General Scholarship and Institute Scholarship, and was additionally awarded the Grand Teton Music Festival Scholarship.

As a conductor, Maestro Cheung studied orchestral conducting with Carl Topilow and Louis Lane(Former resident conductor, Cleveland Orchestra). his early violin teachers were disciple of Yuri Yankelevich, and Leonid Korgan, from Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  Being a virtuoso violinist, violist, chamber and orchestral musician, He has studied and worked in master classes as well as collaborated with world-renowned artists, including: Carl Pini (disciple of Galamian and Heifetz, Leader of the London String Quartet, Concertmaster of Hong Kong Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) , Edward Ormond, Robert Vernon, David Cerone, Eugene Gratovich, Bernhard Goldschmidt, Atar Arad, Wayne Crouse, Andrew Cooperstock, and chamber groups such as the Tornoni Quartet, London Quartet, Emerson Quartet, and Cleveland Quartet.

 Maestro Cheung’s dedication as a full-time performer, pedagogue and conductor has brought him to many countries including Hong Kong, Australia, Korea, United States and Canada. He has given solo recitals and orchestral performances in many universities and major concert halls such as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre & City Hall. His performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts including Radio Television Hong Kong. He has played in numerous professional orchestras as member or principal chair, among them include the Oklahoma City Orchestra, Norman Chamber, Lima Symphony, Lima Chamber, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Hong Kong Government Music Instructors’ Orchestra.  As the Principal violist, Moestro Cheung  got invited by the Music Director, Joseph Firszt to solo his friend's Polish work, Penderecki Viola Concerto with the Lima Symphony Orchestra in 1993.


As a highly demanded pedagogue, Maestro Cheung has taught students ranging from preparatory to university levels. He has served as Head and Coordinator of the Instrumental Program as well as Music Director and Conductor of the College Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at St. Stephen’s College in Hong Kong, and faculty in the Creative Arts Program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was the President and Violin faculty at the Bravo Music Academy and Instrumental Inc..  Maestro Cheung has students who also major in violin performance at Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School. He also share student (her own daughter, Mercedes Cheung) with Donald Weilerstein(Faculty, Juilliard School, NEC, Dorothy Starling Richard Chair, who also share students with Itzhak Perlman & Miriam Fried) this arrangement was recommended by Weilerstein Maestro Cheung’s students have frequently won honors and awards and have been invited to perform as soloists with orchestras, as well as holding full time positions in orchestras in USA