Markham Symphony Orchestra & String Chamber

EPHRAIM CHEUNG, MUSIC DIRECTOR

MEMBERS OF MARKHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Ephraim Cheung, Music Director and Conductor

FIRST VIOLIN


Mercedes Cheung

  Concertmaster [Acting]

Rufat Amiraliev

   Assist. Concertmaster [Acting]

Luri Lee

    Assoc. Concertmaster [Acting]

Ding Huang

Mihail Ciobanu

Norman Hathaway

Erica Williamson

Shih-Han Sun

 

SECOND VIOLIN


Hezekiah Leung *

Takayo Noguchi

Alexander Weinstangel

Anna Karbowska

Sona Kaltagian

Jean Wulkan

Tase Stojanoski

 

VIOLA


Jonathan Craig *

Anna Barycz-Engli

Emma Vachon-Tweney

Anna Antropova

Brenna McLane

 

 * Acting Principal

+ Acting Co-Principal



CELLO


Jihyun Ahn *

Brandon Wilkie +

Andras Weber

Teimour Sadykhov

Hyemee Yang

William J. S. McLeish

Sarah Jane Gibbs

 

DOUBLE BASS


Karen Kabiri *

Lech Straczynski

Val Wilshynsky

 

FLUTE/PICCOLO


Jaye Marsh-Graham *

Suren Amirkhanyan

Mor Shargall

 

OBOE


Marta Kosek *

Tamsin Johnston

 

ENGLISH HORN


Danielle Johannes

 

CLARINET


Peter Pinteric *

Sahar Azar

BASSOON


Larkin Hinder *

Sheba Thibideau

 

FRENCH HORN


Barbad Bayat *

Adam Gaw

Iris Krizmanic

Curtis Vander Hyden

 

TRUMPET


Steve Arsenault *

Jonas Feldman

 

TROMBONE


Allistar Gaskin *

James Chilton

Ryan Broughton

 

BASS TROMBONE


Ryan Broughton

 

TUBA


Allen Carter *

 

TIMPANI / PERCUSSION


Michael Bronson *

Dave Burns

 

HARP


Liane James

MSO MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR

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, Ephraim Cheung has taught students ranging from preparatory to university levels. Having served violin faculty as well as chamber music coach and continuing education at the New England Conservatory of Music since 2015; He has served as Head and Coordinator of the College Instrumental Program as well as Music Director and Conductor of the College Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Preparatory Orchestra at St. Stephen’s College in Hong Kong (1988-92) and Strings faculty member in the Creative Arts Program at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio (1992). Cheung has students majoring in violin performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School. Upon recommendation by Donald Weilerstein, he partner teaches his own daughter, Mercedes Cheung, with Weilerstein (Faculty, Juilliard School and NEC-Dorothy Starling Richard Chair, who also partner teaches with Itzhak Perlman & Miriam Fried). In 2008, he served as President and was on the violin and viola faculty at Bravo Music Academy and Instrumental Inc., Thornhill. Cheung’s students have frequently won honors and awards and have been invited to perform as soloists with orchestras as well as hold full time music teaching jobs and orchestral positions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S.A. His students have been winners of Provincial Competitions, Kiwanis, Arts Richmond Hill (overall division winner for 7 consecutive years), Pickering Metro East and Pickering Rotary Music Festivals. In one of the Pickering Rotary Music Festival, his students have coveted the awards for junior, intermediate and senior strings divisions within the same festival that year.  Ephraim Cheung plays on a Giovanni Paolo Maggini 1623