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Pianist wins Los Angeles Area Emmy

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Gloria Cheng

Gloria Cheng

Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, a professor of music in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, has won an Emmy for independent programming at the 70th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for her short music documentary, “MONTAGE: Great film composers and the piano.”

Cheng flipped the script in “MONTAGE,” challenging six legendary film composers — UCLA alumnus John Williams, Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Randy Newman (who attended UCLA but didn’t graduate), Alexandre Desplat and Michael Giacchino — to each write an original piece for solo piano. The camera was then trained on these titans of film music in the recording studio, with Cheng at the piano. The result is a 27-minute film, which was broadcast multiple times on PBS SoCal in 2017, and an album

As a pianist, Cheng has been a recitalist at the Ojai Festival, William Kapell Festival, and Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and has performed on leading concert series including Carnegie Hall's Making Music, Cal Performances, San Francisco Performances and Stanford Lively Arts. She directs the UCLA FLUX, a contemporary music ensemble, and has served as a regents lecturer at UC Berkeley, in her capacity as an advocate for contemporary music.

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