MUSIC: AN OBSESSION

I started playing the the cello when I was seven years old. Playing music defines my extra-curricular life, and if I don't get to touch my cello every day, I start to feel like something's missing.  Unfortunately, that "missing" feeling is starting to become the norm as the events in my life become less and less stable (I'm trying very hard to figure out what I'm supposed to doing with my life).

I also played piano for 12 years. Even though my skills have atrophied so badly that I no longer consider myself a pianist, sometimes there's nothing better than sitting down at the piano with some music.

I am sometimes coached by members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. They have become good friends, and continue to be one of my most inspirational influences -- both in musical and culinery adventures. :)

July, 2010 - Participated in the SLSQ Summer Chamber Music Seminar 2010 at Stanford University.

2009 - Recorded as cellist in Vienna Teng's 4th album, Inland Territory.

July, 2005 - Participated in the SLSQ Summer Chamber Music Seminar 2005 at Stanford University.

July, 2004 - Participated in the SLSQ Summer Chamber Music Institute 2004 at Stanford University.

November, 2003 - I went and hung out with Vienna Teng while she toured around the South. As usual, I took some pictures. Also, performed with her at Joe's Pub in NY, Cowell Theater in SF, and Montgomery Theater in San Jose.

July 27, 2003 - I've put up a recording of us performing the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat, Op. 97 'Archduke' (Sabrina Lee, violin, Sheila Chan, piano, Eric Cheng, cello). Note that it was a live recording from a concert, and we played far from perfectly. But it's fun to share, anyway. :) [MP3 VBR, 7.64MB]

October, 2002 - web log of tour with Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos


Teachers (chronological):
Shu Fan (83-89), Ronald Leonard (89-93), Stephen Harrison (93-98)

Chamber music coaches:
Isaac Malkin (89), Michael Gaisler (89-93), Gennady Kleyman (93-95),
Stephen Harrison (93-97), Susan Friar (95), Ben Simon (95-97), Phillip Levy (95-96),
St. Lawrence String Quartet (current)

Cello:
Francesco Bissoloti, Cremona, Italy 1981 and Will Whedbee, Chicago 2000

Bow:
W.E. Hill and Sons, approx. 1906

Chamber groups:
03-03 Sabrina Lee, vln, Sheila Chan, piano, Eric Cheng, cello
00-01 Jessica Tzou, vln, Sabrina Lee, vln, Cindy Mong, vla, Eric Cheng, cello
99-00 Ben Chen, vln, Barry Shiffman, vla, David Park, piano, Eric Cheng, cello
98-99 Ben Chen, vln, Heidi Kim, vln, Keith Chapin, vla, Gabe Trop, Eric Cheng, cello
98-99 Donna Kim, vln, Heidi Kim, vln, Keith Chapin, vla, Eric Cheng, cello
97-98 Isaac Krauss, vln, Michael Okun, vln, Amy Slansky, vla, Eric Cheng, cello
96-97 Benjamin Chen, vln, Pamina Kim, vln, Gina Warnick, vla, Eric Cheng, cello
96-97 Pamina Kim, vln, Gina Warnick, vla, David Park, piano, Eric Cheng, cello
95-96 Lisa Chong, vln, Isaac Krauss, vln, John Frederiksen, vla, Eric Cheng, cello
95-96 Isaac Krauss, vln, Tiffany Kuo, piano, Eric Cheng, cello
94-95 Yasmin Craig, vln, Emma Petty, piano, Eric Cheng, cello
93-95 Emily Kim, vln, Suzie Huang, piano, Eric Cheng, cello
91-93 David Goldman, vln, Inna Gaisler, piano, Eric Cheng, cello
89-91 Dan Haley, vln, Angela Noe, vln, Lisa Brown, vla, Eric Cheng, cello

PORTRAIT WITH GEOFF NUTTALL
BISSOLOTI PORTRAIT
VIENNA TENG
Support my friend and favorite singer-songwriter, Vienna Teng!

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