California Symphony names Viet Cuong its next composer in residence

Posted on: February 25, 2020

VIET CUONG has been selected as Young American Composer-in-Residence at the California Symphony, based in Walnut Creek, California. The three-year appointment runs from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2023. He will succeed Katherine Balch in the role; her residency comes to an end this summer and her final commission, a song cycle for three voices and orchestra, will be premiered in March. Born in Southern California and now living in Washington, D.C., Viet Cuong, 29, holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute, an MFA from Princeton University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory. He is currently finishing his PhD at Princeton. His scores have been performed by ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Minnesota Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Albany Symphony, Sō Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, Alarm Will Sound, Sandbox Percussion, the PRISM Quartet, and JACK Quartet. He has received numerous awards as a composer, held artist residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was a fellow at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Cabrillo Festival’s Young Composers Workshop, Copland House’s CULTIVATE Institute, and the Aspen and Bowdoin music festivals.