Ms. Jiannan Cheng recently made her European debut in Germany conducting and working with Gürznich Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Munich Hochschule Symphony Orchestra. Cheng was a candidate for the 2017 German Conductors’ Award, second prize winner of the 2016 4x4 Competition for Composers and Conductors, the 2015-16 recipient of The Miami Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellowship, and studied with Kurt Masur at the 2015 Aurora Music Festival in Sweden.
Cheng is equally at home on stage as well as in the opera pit. In the summer of 2018, she served as an assistant to Marcus Bosch in Heidenheim, Germany, where she conducted a performance of Verdi’s Nabucco with the Stuttgart Philharmonic. For the 2018-19 season, she is a conducting fellow of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as the music director of the CCM Mainstage production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and directs performances with the CCM Concert Orchestra.
Jiannan Cheng is currently an Adjunct Instructor in Orchestral Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Mark Gibson. She has led performances with the CCM Philharmonia, Concert Orchestra, Café MoMus modern music ensemble, and the Mainstage Opera Series. Cheng earned her Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.