Winner of the Audience Award and finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Young Steinway Artist Rachel Cheung was described as “a poet, but also a dramatist” and “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News). She won the Fifth Prize at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition at age 17. A year later, in 2010, she was a semifinalist at the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, Warsaw. She was also a prizewinner at the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, the Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, the Geneva International Piano Competition and the New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, which included a Carnegie Hall debut in 2018.
Cheung has appeared in many prestigious music festivals including the 9th Musical Olympus International Festival, Russia, The International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland, Virtuosos of Planet 2006 in Kiev, Ukraine, The Festival Transeuropéennes in Rouen, France, Miami International Piano Festival, the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival and the Sun Valley International Piano Festival. She has also performed at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Steinway Hall in London, the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto and the Philharmonie de Paris, the Robert Schumann Saal in Düsseldorf, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, among others.
As an active chamber musician, Rachel has worked with world-renowned musicians such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Dong-Suk Kang, Jan-Erik Gustafasson, Ning Feng, Trey Lee, Latica-Honda Rosenberg, Jens Peter Maintz, Virpi Räisänsen, Jian Wang, and Michel Lethiec, Bruno Canino, the Brentano String Quartet and Quatuor Leonis.
She has collaborated with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Edo de Waart, the Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, the Sydney Symphony with Vladimir Ashkenazy, the NYCA Symphony Orchestra with Eduard Zilberkant, the London Chamber Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and Nicholas McGegan. She also conducted and played with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris at the Play-Direct Academy led by Stephen Kovacevich, where she was also awarded the Prix du Jury at the closing concert.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel graduated with First Class Honours at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Eleanor Wong, and later with Prof. Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists. In recognition of her artistic contribution in Hong Kong, Rachel received the ‘Outstanding Musician Award’ from the Hong Kong Music and Dance Association in 2018 and the ‘Artist of the Year’ award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2019.
Her first DVD –‘ RACHEL CHEUNG – KEYBOARD PRODIGY LIVE IN RECITAL MIAMI INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL 2005’ was released by VAIMUSIC in June 2007; and her first CD, under the Alpha Omega Sound label of the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, was released in 2009.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include recitals at in Mexico, Poland, Italy, the UK, the US, and Germany as well as collaborations with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra with Gábor Takács-Nagy ,the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden, and the Asian Youth Orchestra with Joseph Bastian for a concert tour around Asia.