Biography

Alissa Cheung

  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1985
  • Composer • Performer (violin)

Alissa Cheung is a member of Quatuor Bozzini, based in Montréal, QC. Her solo and chamber performances have taken her throughout Canada, USA, Europe and Asia, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian UK, the Edmonton Journal, the Edmonton Sun, and has been broadcast on British Broadcasting Corporation (UK), Österreichischen Rundfunks (Austria), Yleisradio (Finland), Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (Netherlands), and CBC Radio (Canada).

As a composer, her works have been performed at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal) by Ensemble Arkea, at the University of Michigan by Arx Duo, percussion duo, and at New York and Chicago by Instruments of Happiness electric guitar quartet. Other works have been performed in Australia by Duo Myburgh-Feakes, in Boston by the Boston String Quartet, and in Switzerland by Duo Luce. She is regularly featured as a composer at C’mon Festival in Edmonton, and upcoming performances include commissions with violinist, Mark Fewer, with ensemble Now and Then, and with Quatuor Bozzini. In these latter works she experiments with improvisational aspects as well as performer’s choice as a way to combine the virtuosity of the performer with the acoustic vision of the composer.

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On Disc

  • In most of Ana Sokolović’s work, an extra-musical element serves as a source of inspiration…
  • Originally written for orchestra, Phill Niblock’s Disseminate (1998) and Baobab (2011) were arranged by the composer specifically for the Bozzini Quartet, or rather, for ‘multiples’ of the Quartet: twenty different tracks are mixed in each piece — twenty different instruments, the equivalent of five string quartets…
  • Organizational structures hide the phenomena on which they are built…
  • The guitarist, composer and performer Kim Myhr, whose previous Hubro release, You | me, received the accolade of a shortlist nomination for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize, composed the extraordinary music and text piece pressing clouds passing crowds as a commission for the 2016 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Québec, Canada…
  • A Canada Council for the Arts commission, dedicated to Quatuor Bozzini…
  • The first in the Canadian Composers Series of CDs is a double album of chamber works by Linda Catlin Smith, who was born in New York, but studied in Canada and has lived in Toronto for over 25 years…
  • The five pieces on this disc span roughly twenty years: Lullaby was written in 1991, and fall in 2013…
  • The string quartet sounds sometimes like the silence of a square, a room, a wall or a landscape…
  • An inspiring visit of the exhibit Leduc, Borduas et le paysage de Saint-Hilaire, presented in 2005 by the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, incited a desire to compose works paying hommage to these two painters as well as to Riopelle…