Hoi Leong CHEONG (Zach)
Zach is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with Mr. Robert McDonald under a full scholarship from the Institute.
Zach was awarded First Prize and the Special Excellence Prize in the prestigious 19th International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA (Japan, 2018), and First Prize in the 81st Steinway and Sons International Youth Piano Competition (China, 2017), which resulted in a return engagement to perform a recital at the Beijing Steinway Hall. He was also a winner of the 2017 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He has given many successful performances, including the 30th Macau International Music Festival, 4th Shenzhen Piano Music Festival, and was also featured on David Kiser’s “On the Keys” on South Carolina Public Radio, and several other radio programmes, including Radio Television Hong Kong, and Teledifusão de Macau. His other awards include: Felix Mendelssohn Award in the ICoM Piano Award 2016 International Competition Hamburg Composers (Germany), First Prize in HKGNA Music Competition (Hong Kong), First Prizes in Gold Medal Award and Tom Lee Music Scholarship Award of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and several First Prizes in the Macao Young Musicians Competition. To recognize his outstanding performances, he was awarded the “Most Talented Prize” by the Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau for several times.
Zach made his orchestral debut with the Macao Orchestra at the age of 9, and continued to collaborate with other orchestras, including Hilton Head Symphony, Macao Youth Symphony (Macau, Paris, Marseille), Trondheim Soloists (Norway), Shanghai Conservatory of Music Youth Orchestra and St. Paul’s Co-educational College Alumni Orchestra (Hong Kong). Apart from orchestral appearances, Zach is also a fervent chamber musician. He has appeared in numerous performances with the St. Paul’s Co-educational College Piano Quintet. Receiving awards and recognition, they went on to organize a charity concert for the Music Children Foundation, “Quintessentially Chamber”, in September 2016.
Last summer, Zach attended the KUHMO Chamber Music Festival (Finland) and held a solo recital at the Horowitz Concert Hall of Beijing Steinway House. He performed with the Trondheim Soloists in Musicus International Music Festival (Hong Kong 2018) and in Norway (2019).
Besides playing piano, Zach is also frequently involved in composition, conducting, and music production. He was a Year 5 Composition & Electronic Music student at the HKAPA, studying with Ms. Karyee Li. His compositions have won First and Second Prizes in the Open Class of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2015 and 2014. In 2016, Zach was appointed Assistant Conductor of the St. Paul’s Co-educational College Senior Mixed Voice Choir, and led the school choir and orchestra in several performances.
He began his piano studies at the age of four with Ms. Lilik Sutiono. A Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music and Fellowship Diploma holder of the London Trinity College, he has been studying at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Professor Gabriel Kwok for eight years under a scholarship from the Academy.
Klavierstücke Op. 119
- Intermezzo. Adagio
- Intermezzo. Andantino un poco agitato
- Intermezzo. Grazioso e giocoso
- Rhapsody. Allegro risoluto
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata Op. 111
- Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
- Arietta. Adagio molto semplice cantabile
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