John Cheek
John Cheek, pianist, is Professor of Music at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. In the spring of 2001 Mr. Cheek was a Fulbright scholar to Armenia, lecturing on and performing 20th century American piano and chamber music as a guest of the Yerevan State Conservatory. A native of Little Rock, he made his professional debut with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at age thirteen and enjoys an ongoing collaboration with the orchestra as guest soloist on more than a dozen occasions. Mr. Cheek has distinguished himself in a number of important national and international music competitions. He has won prizes in competitions sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters, the American Music Scholarship Association, and the Liederkranz Club of New York. He also has the distinction of being the highest ranking American in the 1986 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition held in Budapest. Mr. Cheek has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Town Hall, Columbia University, Clarion Concerts (NY), the Stamford Civic Center(CT), and the Chicago Twentieth Century Music Ensemble's series at the Harold Washington Library. He is co-founder of New York's Omni Ensemble, pioneers in the area of live electronic music performance and recipients of a prestigious Reader's Digest Commissioning Grant. The ensemble has performed on John Schaeffer's New Sounds (WNYC), The Listening Room (WQXR), and the nationally-syndicated "ITT Salute to the Arts." John Cheek is a former faculty member at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York and holds degrees from Indiana University, SUNY-Stony Brook, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music where he was honored with the Harold Bauer Achievement Award. Mr. Cheek has written scholarly works on the subject of music and has composed songs and many works for the Omni ensemble. He is currently at work on his first collection of solo keyboard music.

J115 : Circa 1980
JS101 : Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Sonata #3 for Piano