Jiannan Cheng, emerging conductor
Jiannan Cheng is the 2015-2016 recipient of The Miami Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellowship, second prize winner of the 2016 4x4 Competition for Composers and Conductors, and was invited to the 2015 Aurora Music Festival in Sweden to study with Kurt Masur. She has conducted and worked with world class orchestras and musicians in the United States, China, Germany, Sweden, and Greece. Cheng is trained in orchestral, choral and wind ensemble conducting and is equally at home on stage as well as in the opera pit.
This year, Ms. Cheng is studying at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Germany under the tutelage of Marcus Bosch and Alexander Liebreich. She serves as the assistant conductor of the Ensemble Oktopus für Musik der Moderne and has appeared in performances with the Georgisches Kammerorchester in Ingolstadt, collaborated with Münchener Kammerorchester, and led rehearsals regularly with the Munich Hochschule Symphony Orchestra.
Cheng spent two years as a Doctor of Musical Arts student in orchestral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, studying under Mark Gibson. She has served as Assistant Conductor and has led performances with the CCM Philharmonia, Concert Orches tra, Café MoMus modern music ensemble, and Mainstage Opera Series. Cheng earned her Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Bachelor of Music degree from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.