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     Cheung Chau, director of symphony and chamber orchestras and
 a faculty    member of  Utah Valley University,
guest conductor of Utah Valley Youth Symphony, is also general and artistic director of Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. The Polish Gazeta Wyborcza praised him that “noteworthy are Chau’s truly remarkable feeling for specificity of Polish music, his indeed solid conducting technique/métier and his methods of working with the orchestra thanks to which a given work is shaped in a very clear, transparent and dynamic way”.  The German Thueringer Allgemeine reviewed “[Chau] used all colors and dynamic contrasts possible from the orchestra.  It was a full identification with the composer’s yearnings (Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique).  After powerful tones of the trombones the music sank into a hardly audible depth.  The audience was so captivated that
 a moment of silence followed, after which the tension exploded in unending applause.”  

Invited by music director Edo de Waart, Chau served as conducting fellow of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted the Philharmonic in prominent projects, including leading the Philharmonic in the 2007 world live broadcast opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s Handover, amongst guests including Chinese President Hu Jintao. 

As guest conductor, Chau conducted the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (USA),  Nordhausen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Tianjin, Xiamen, Wuhan and Xinhua Philharmonic Orchestras and Inner Mongolia Opera Theater (China), Lublin, Bialystok, Olsztyn, Kielce and Sudettic Philharmonic Orchestras (Poland), Gavle Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Vaasa City Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy Orchestra (Finland). He was a director of Georgia Southern Symphony, orchestra in residence at University of Connecticut, music director of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Central Pennsylvania Symphony and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

Cheung Chau  led Sinfonietta Polonia in tours in Germany, China, Poland and France. In August 2011, he  was a director of the International Karol Szymanowski Festival in Beijing, China, presenting at the China National Centre for the Arts, Beijing Concert Hall and Forbidden City Concert Hall, works of Szymanowski as well as works of other Polish and Chinese composers with Sinfonietta Polonia, Atma Trio, and artists from the USA, Russia, Poland and China. In 2012 Cheung Chau conducted concerts of Sinfonietta Polonia in Berlin (at Grosser Sendesaal des Rundfunks Berlin-Brandenburg) and Hannover  (at Grosser Sendesaal des des Landesfunkhauses Hannover). Sinfonietta Polonia recorded under his buton for Acte Preable, Huhhot TV, China Central Television and was featured as a cover article for the prestigious Polish classical music magazine, Muzyka 21, in November 2009. 

Chau was awarded the first double doctorate in the history of the New England Conservatory in Boston in wind ensemble conducting and cello, where he studied conducting with Frank Battisti and cello with Colin Carr.  He later studied orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula at the Royal Conservatory of Sweden in Stockholm.  As conductor, he is  a member of the National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. 

As cellist, Chau is member of the Atma Trio, with violinist/wife Blanka Bednarz and pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski.  The ensemble performs in USA, Germany, Italy, China,  and tours regularly in Poland.  They also recorded works of Mendelssohn and Ravel for Polish label Acte Preable.