Anthony Cheong Wai Leong, Violin | Viola | Conductor

Born in Macau. Cheong acquired his early studies at Chan Sui Ki Perpetual Help College and the Macau Conservatory, where he studied violin under Mr Chan Lap Kwan and viola studies under Mr Su Jia Juan. He joined the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2000. He was also the winner of the Macau Young Musicians Competition. Cheong got his professional training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with several scholarships including one from the Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau and the other from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he got a Diploma and Bachelor of viola performing (with honors) studying with Mr. Leung Kin Fung, the First Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Cheong studied his orchestra conducting under Mr Alan Cumberland and Maestro Henry Shek.  In 2018, Cheong got full scholarship studied in the Macau Polytechnic University School of Art, where he got the Master of Interdisciplinary Arts. As an active musician, Cheong had performed as a soloist with the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, Macau Virtuosi, Macau Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and the University of Macau String Orchestra. As an orchestral player, Cheong was the viola principle of the Macau Virtuosi, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, assistant viola principle of the Academy Symphony Orchestra and the freelance musician of the Macau Orchestra and the Hong Kong New Philharmonic Orchestra. Cheong had participated in various international music festivals including Young Euro Classic, Charterhouse International Music Festival (England), British Isles Music festival (England), Great Wall International Music Academy (China), Shanghai International Arts Festival (China) and the 25 th & 32 th Macau International Arts Festival. He also travels with the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, Macau Virtuosi and the Macau Orchestra to various countries which include China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Europe.  As a conductor, Cheong joined “The 3rd China (Xiamen) Professor Zheng Xiao Ying Master Classes for Orchestra Conducting” and was selected to be one of the youth conductors conducting the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in the season opening concert in 2012. He was also the conductor of the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Macau Baptist College Symphony Orchestra, the assistant conductor of the Macau University of Science and Technology Symphony Orchestra.  Cheong is now the ICM Cultural Communication Ambassador of the Macau SAR government, founder of the Anthony Studio and the co-finder of the Macau Music Art Space(MMAS) and the M.A.C String Quartet, the headmaster of the Anthony Music Teaching Center, Vice Chairman of Macau Global International Musicians Association, Chairman of the Great Bay Art & Culture association, founding president of the Macau Interdisciplinary Arts Association, the assistant conductor and violin & viola teacher at the University of Macau String Orchestra, the violin teacher at the Academia de Music S.Pio X and Chan Sui Ki Perpetual Help College. Beside performing and teaching, Cheong also active on international music competition jury and art management areas. He is the jury of the U.K. Royal International Art Competition (2018), the Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival (2018, 2019, 2023) and the U.S. NMCC Music Competition Asian Finals (2019). He is also the head administrator of the Portugal Santa Cecilia International Piano Competition Macau Region (2018, 2019, 2021, 2023), the NMCC Music Competition Macau Region (2019), the IMusic Macau International Music Festival Macau Region (2021- 2023) and Singapore International Piano Competition Macau Region (2022 -2024).