Teriver Cheung

 Jazz Guitarist/Composer/Curator/Music Director, founder of Ensemble Transience and Drip Music

Teriver Cheung is an internationally touring guitarist and composer. Originally born in Hong Kong, his early exposure to classical music has contributed to his future style of composing as well as playing.

He studied with Fred Hamilton at the University of North Texas with a scholarship from 2004 and received Bachelors of Jazz Studies in 2009. There he formed his first group Nobody’s Business in 2007 and recorded the début album Forward Momentum, followed by international tours in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and the USA.

In 2009, Cheung relocated to New York and has since played an active role in the jazz scene. Musicians he has collaborated include Latin Grammy Award winner Eddie Gómez, Billy Drummond, Jean-Michel Pilc, George Garzone and Antonio Hart. He also tours constantly with his group, appearing at some of the major music festivals including Jazz World Festival (Hong Kong), Jazz W Ruinach Festival (Poland) and Taichung Jazz Festival.

In 2015, Cheung returned to Hong Kong and curated the “Hong Kong Episodes” concert as part of the 10th year anniversary Hong Kong World Cultures Festival, which featured himself as a performer as well as composer (along with composer Fung Lam) with a 16 piece chamber jazz ensemble. He also participated as part of the Kerong Chok’s “Eleven”, a chamber jazz concert by an eleven piece ensemble presented by Esplanade Mosaic Music Series.

In 2016, he pushed his musical boundary further and performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Orchestra and was featured as a soloist for Ng Cheuk Yin’s Piece “Tang” with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra at their opening concert of the 40th Orchestral Season. He started his own music label Drip Music in 2016. 

In 2017, the “Hong Kong Episodes” was invited to do a 10 city world tour by Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and the Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee, to celebrate the 20 Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. 

During the same year, Cheung founded “Ensemble Transience”, a chamber group focuses on contemporary music with hybrid of modern jazz and classical music languages, incorporate improvisation into composed materials. They recorded their first album “The Episodes”, and is scheduled to be released towards the end of 2018.

In 2018, Cheung and Chok Kerong presented “Departure”, a full length concert featuring the premiere of their new Jazz chamber works under the Jazz Up Series. He also curated a 3 day guided concert “Jazz Re-visit”at the Hong Kong Cultural centre during April 19-21, as well as participating the LCSD Jazz Marathon Concert at the Queens Elizabeth Stadium as performer.

Cheung had participated on a number of recordings, including the Takako Yamada group, John Thomas group, the Beat Brothers, the West Kowloon Freespace Mixtape etc. His début album in 2012, My Nocturne, received acclaims from the renowned magazine JazzTimes.

As an educator, Cheung is currently a guest lecturer for the Education University of Hong Kong. He had also taught music workshops and clinics worldwide at UCSI University, Silpakorn University, Sing Jazz Academy (as part of the Singapore Jazz Festival) to name a few.

Teriver Cheung is an endorsed artist for the D’Angelico Guitars and Fender In-Ear Monitors