Commended by New York Concert Review for her “thoroughly idiomatic and polished performances”, “especially poetic”, and “purely magical” playing, Tokyo-born Chinese-Canadian pianist Silvie Cheng has an extraordinary ability to connect with
Commended by New York Concert Review for her “thoroughly idiomatic and polished performances”, “especially poetic”, and “purely magical” playing, Tokyo-born Chinese-Canadian pianist Silvie Cheng has an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences both on and off the stage. She has performed internationally as both a solo recitalist and collaborative pianist, including at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall 5 times; New York's Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, National Arts Club; Canada's Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, Supreme Court of Canada, National Arts Centre, Winspear Centre, Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History, Holland's Remonstrantse Kerk, and the official residence of Canada’s Ambassador to the European Union in Belgium, among many other distinguished venues.
Since her orchestral debut in 2008 in Ottawa's Centrepointe Theatre, Ms. Cheng has won top prizes at the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, the Ontario Music Federation Association Competition, and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. She has been featured at international music festivals including Festival of the Sound (Ontario), Ottawa Chamberfest (Ontario), Trasimeno (Italy), Aspen (Colorado), CAMMAC (Quebec), and Pontiac Enchanté (Quebec).
A versatile chamber musician, Ms. Cheng is the pianist of NYC-based sTem (clarinet, voice, piano trio) and of the Canadian ensemble Cheng² Duo, alongside her cellist brother, Bryan Cheng. Named one of CBC Music's 2015 “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, the duo has performed throughout North America, Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Holland), and Asia (China and South Korea), and has been featured on CBC Radio Two, Vermont Public Radio, ICI Musique, Radio-Canada International, WCRB Classical Music Boston, WCNY Classic FM, Winnipeg Classic FM, and Kulturradio RBB Germany. Upcoming highlights include a two-week tour in British Columbia, a month-long tour throughout Quebec and Ontario with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and debut performances in California, Manitoba, and New Hampshire. Cheng² Duo’s critically-acclaimed debut album “Violoncelle Français” was released on the German classical label audite in 2016, and a sophomore album featuring Spanish works will be released in 2018.
Ms. Cheng obtained both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, in the studio of Jeffrey Cohen. While at MSM, she was recognized as a Presidential Award Scholar, Dean’s List student, and the recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for "exceptional promise in piano performance". Ms. Cheng also holds an Associate Piano Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She has performed in masterclasses for distinguished pianists Menahem Pressler, Angela Hewitt, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert McDonald, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Wu Han, Peter Frankl, Nelita True, Jacques Rouvier, Boris Berman, Anton Kuerti, Gilbert Kalish, Louis Lortie, and André Laplante.
Passionate about connecting the next generation with classical and contemporary music, Ms. Cheng is a teaching-artist of MSM's Distance Learning program and of the Bridge Arts Ensemble in New York City, where she is currently based.
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