First prize winner at both the AntalDorati International Conducting Competition in November 2018 and 1st European Union Conductor’s Competition in January 2018, Henry Cheng has established himself as an internationally acclaimed young Asian-American Conductor.
The 2018-2019 season, Henry begins a three month Visiting Artist engagement at Cornell University and continues as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Klangkraft Orchester. He makes his guest conducting debut with the MAV Symphony Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Cameristi della Scala, Budapest Operetta Theater Orchestra, Kodaly Philharmonic, Pori Sinfonietta, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Ningbo Symphony Orchestra, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, National Moravian-Silesian Opera, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Teatro Carlo Felice, Slovak National Theatre, National Theatre “St. Petersburg Music Hall”, Estremadura Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow City Symphony -Russian Philharmonic and the Atlanta Festival Academy Orchestra.
In November 2017, Henry Cheng was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Klangkraft Orchester in Duisburg, Germany. With a “new rich orchestral sound full of energy and vitality,” he made his Klangkraft Orchester debut at the Duisburger Akzente Festival underthe festival theme of “Nie wieder Krieg”(never again war), and program title “The World Dies Screaming”, a commentary of the humanistic responsibility of climate change.
Henry has been invited to the prestigious master classes of Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Kurt Masur at the Aurora Music Festival, Tugan Sokhiev with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, and Riccardo Muti at the Italian Opera Academy summer 2018.As an educator and community outreach supporter, he has worked with and developed programs with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Bochumer Symphoniker, and the Indiana University Beethoven Project. He has also worked with many middle and high schools in his hometown of Atlanta, GA.
Henry has premiered more than forty new works of all sizes and mediums, collaborating with visual artists, choreographers, dancers, and singers. As an opera conductor and coach, he has conducted and played in productions of Candide, Die Fledermaus, Dialogues des Carmélites, La Boheme, Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte.
Henry received his Bachelors in Piano at Eastman School of Music with Professor Thomas Schumacher. As a conductor, he has studied at Georgia State University, Indiana University and at the University of Arts Berlin under Maestros Michael Palmer, Arthur Fagen, David Efron, Harry Curtis and Steven Sloane.