Born in Hong Kong, Rachel Cheung received her first piano lessons when she was four years old, and studied with Eleanor Wong at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She Received a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music and became a young Steinway Artist in January 2011.
Rachel is a laureate of numerous international piano competitions including the 28th Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Italy); 5th Prize at the 16th Leeds International Piano Competition; a semifinalist at the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw) and the Georges Leibenson Prize in the 67th Geneva International Piano Competition. In 2004, she won 1st Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition.
In 2005, Rachel performed a solo recital at the 33rd Hong Kong Arts Festival as the youngest soloist ever of the festival. She was also invited to perform in the “Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Vladimir Horowitz Concert” in Kiev. She made concert tours of the United States for two consecutive years. Rachel has performed with many orchestras including The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Hallé Orchestra. She has participated in international music festivals including the 9th Musical Olympus International Festival (Russia), The International Chopin Festival (Duszniki, Poland), Virtuosos of the Planet (Kiev,Ukraine), the Miami International Piano Festival, and the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival.
Rachel’s first DVD –“Rachel Cheung, Keyboard Prodigy Live in Recital” was released by VAIMUSIC in June 2007. Her first CD under the Alpha Omega Sound label of the Chopin Society of Hong Kong was released in 2009.
|PRELIMINARY ROUND ONE|
|Johann Sebastian Bach||Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826|
|Frédéric Chopin||Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat Major, op. 55|
|Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, op. 52|
|PRELIMINARY ROUND TWO|
|Ludwig van Beethoven||Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110|
|Moderato cantabile molto espressivo|
|Adagio ma non troppo|
|Fuga – Allegro, ma non troppo|
|Isaac Albéniz||El Puerto from Iberia, Book I|
|Dmitri Shostakovich||Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D Minor, op. 87|
|Leoš Janáček||Sonata 1.X. (1905)|
|Robert Schumann||Fantasie in C Major, op. 17|
|Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen|
|Mässig, durchaus energisch|
|Langsam getragen, durchweg leise zu halten|
|Béla Bartók||Sonata (1926)|
|Sostenuto e pesante|
|Ludwig van Beethoven||Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58|