Up close and personal: Conversation with pianist Gloria Cheng

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Gloria Cheng (Photo by Lefteris Padavos)

American pianist Gloria Cheng is one of the world’s leading instrumentalist who crossed musical boundaries and brought her own art to a wide variety of genres and styles. Over the years she specialized in contemporary classical repertoire and championed the music of a wide variety of composers who wrote pieces specifically for her, including John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Gavin Bryars, John Harbison, Joan Huang, William Kraft, Veronika Krausas, Magnus Lindberg, Terry Riley and Steven Stucky, among many others.

Gloria Cheng also works in the Los Angeles music scene as one of the most-requested session players for film music recordings. She performed virtuoso parts on the score for The Matrix (1999), composed by Don Davis. Then in 2005 she caught the attention of John Williams, when the composer asked her to perform a piano solo part for the end credits piece on the score of Steven Spielberg’s Munich. In 2011, Williams again gave Cheng a prominent part, a virtuosic solo piano on the score for The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn in the track called “Snowy’s Theme”:

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1m1: Celebrating a rich musical legacy

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John Williams during a rehearsal with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (September 2017) Photography by Kurt Heinecke

To everyone landing on this blog: Welcome to The Legacy of John Williams.

My name is Maurizio Caschetto, I’m from Milano, Italy and I am a longtime admirer of the music of John Williams. The music of Maestro Williams accompanied my cinematic dreams since childhood, when I was a little kid dreaming about the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, Superman and little Elliot and his alien friend from outer space. I literally grew up with the music of John Williams accompanying my everyday life until nowadays, where I’m about to reach the so-called middle life point of age 40. Continue reading “1m1: Celebrating a rich musical legacy”