Victoria Cheah (b. 1988, New York, NY) is a multi-disciplinary composer interested in boundaries, sustained effort, and social-performance rituals. Her work has been commissioned and/or featured by ensembles and presenters including Non-Event, Switch Ensemble, Line Upon Line, Han Chen, andPlay, Yarn/Wire, Wavefield Ensemble, MATA Festival, Guerilla Opera, Ensemble Dal Niente, Vertixe Sonora, Marilyn Nonken, PRISM Quartet, and performed by others. Recordings of their music can be found on Dinzu Artefacts, New Focus Recordings, and XAS Records. Cheah currently serves as Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory, as well as Director of Operations of Talea Ensemble.

From 2011-2015, Cheah served as the founding executive director of Boston new music sinfonietta Sound Icon. She has worked with ensembles and festivals including Composers Conference, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Composit Festival, and Cantata Profana towards the realization of contemporary music events in New York, Boston (USA) and Rieti (IT). Previously, Cheah has taught music, research, and writing related courses as an instructor at Longy School of Music, Brandeis University, and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. As a composer, she has attended academies including Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude, Darmstadt, Fontainebleau, VIPA, SICPP, The Walden School, and others. Cheah holds a B.A. in music from City University of New York Hunter College (Macaulay Honors College) and a Ph.D. in music composition & theory from Brandeis University.

CONTACT: cheah.v @ gmail.com
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February 9, 2023: Hard columns you within, at The Clemente, New York, NY (NYC premiere), Switch~ Ensemble

January 19, 2023: solo set, Find Out, First Church, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

December 17 & 18, 2022: performance, BLOW-UP, 10th Wave Chamber Collective, St. Paul, MN

November 17, 2022: premiere of Hard columns you within at PS 21, Chatham, NY, commissioned by Switch~ Ensemble

June 17, 2022: premiere of Ocean into wire, commissioned by Yarn/Wire

New work commissioned by Han Chen, Brooklyn, NY (Ligeti etudes project)

New work commissioned by Line Upon Line, Austin, TX

Release on Dinzu Artefacts with andPlay (featured here)

April 30, 2022: Performance with Non-Event, Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA

April 23, 2022: Show in Brooklyn, NY with Cole Blouin and friends

a butterfly on your shoulder into years and years to come
andPlay (Maya Bennardo & Hannah Levinson), released on Dinzu Artefacts
bandcamp: best experimental, March 2022
video (audio/video: David Bird)