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, to name but a few achievements.
Rachel has appeared in many prestigious music festivals including the 9th Musical Olympus International Festival, Russia, The International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland, and the Miami 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.
As an active chamber musician, Rachel has worked with world-renowned musicians such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Ning Feng, the Brentano String Quartet and Quatuor Leonis among many others.
She has collaborated with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the London Chamber Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green among others.. Most recently, Rachel conducted and played Beethoven fourth piano concerto 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.
Her first CD, under the Alpha Omega Sound label of the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, was released in 2009.
Highlights of the upcoming 2018/19 season include a Carnegie Weill Hall debut recital in March, recitals in Mexico, Poland, Italy, the UK, and the US, as well as concerto performances with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden.