Teriver Cheung

Jazz Guitarist/Composer/Curator

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 and received Bachelors of Jazz Studies in 2004. 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.

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.

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. He started his own record label Drip Music in 2016. 

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