Rachel Cheung, Piano Solo
Pianist Rachel Cheung has won numerous prizes and awards in international piano competitions including the ‘ 28th Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition’ in Italy in 2008; the Fifth Prize at the ‘16th Leeds International Piano Competition’; a semifinalist at the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and the Georges Leibenson Prize in the 67th Geneva International Piano Competition.
As an active soloist and chamber musician, Rachel has performed frequently in Hong Kong and overseas. She made her debut at the City Hall Hong Kong and Uruguay through the sponsorship of the Hong Kong Chopin Society .In 2005 Rachel performed a solo recital at the 33rd Hong Kong Arts Festival as the youngest soloist ever of the festival. She was invited to perform in the ‘Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Vladimir Horowitz Concert’ in Kiev, concert tours of United States for two consecutive years. Rachel was also invited to take part in many prestigious international music festivals including the 9th Musical Olympus International Festival in 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 and the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival.
She made her debuts at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and the Steinway Hall in London in October 2009. In November 2012, she also made her first appearance at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto. She has collaborated with many orchestras including The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn , Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Edo de Waart, the Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder and the Sydney Symphony under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Rachel’s 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.
Born in Hong Kong, Rachel Cheung received her first piano lessons when she was four years old, and studied with Prof. Eleanor Wong at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of ten. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours at the HKAPA, she continued her studies with Prof. Peter Frankl and graduated with a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists in the 2011/2012 school year. Rachel became a young Steinway Artist in January 2011.
Romer String Quartet
Named after Hong Kong’s endemic Romer’s Tree Frog, the Romer String Quartet is a genuinely local ensemble formed by musicians all born and raised in Hong Kong. The quartet has been recognised locally and abroad as one of the most active string quartets in town since its debut in 2013.
Romer String Quartet has given recitals at the Shanghai Concert Hall, Sabah Art Gallery in Malaysia, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, The University of Macau, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Museum of Art, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Baptist University and the HKUST Center for the Arts. It was featured in the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival to perform at the ExxonMobil Vision Series production ‘Images of Hong Kong’, Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s ‘Our Music Talents Series’, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild’s ‘Musicarama 2013’ and ‘Musicarama 2014’, Hong Kong Freespace Fest, and Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival in Malaysia. It has also been invited to record for Radio Television Hong Kong programmes such as ‘Match-Making Concerts’ and ‘The Works’.
Romer frequently collaborates with composers and multimedia artists. It has given world-premieres of many newly commissioned works, and as a part of a multimedia project titled ‘Muted Situations’ it has performed in a pre-recorded video, which was featured in the Asia Triennial Manchester in UK and the Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival.
Romer String Quartet is dedicated to promoting chamber music to the younger generation in Hong Kong and Asia. As teaching artists, Romer String Quartet is the Ensemble-in-Residence of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014-15, other previous residencies included the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble’s ‘Modern Academy’ and the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. It has given masterclasses and workshops at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Macao Polytechnic Institute and the Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival. The quartet was invited as jury member and guest performer at the Hong Kong ‘New Generation 2014 Concert’ composition competition. It also serves the community in partnership with the Hong Kong Playground Association, regularly providing free educational workshops and concerts to children.