Portland Piano International is proud to welcome Hong Kongese pianist Rachel Cheung — Winner of the Audience Award and Finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — to Portland for recitals on December 1 & 2, 2018. Both performances will take place at 4pm in Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall.
“Every four years Portland Piano International takes a group of piano lovers to Fort Worth for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. One of the highlights of our last ‘pilgrimage’ to the semi-finals in 2017 was experiencing Rachel Cheung’s amazing performances,” executive director Ellen Bergstone Wasil recalls. “It was no surprise, therefore, when she received the Audience Award that year. Rachel possesses a special ability to draw the audience into her playing. I’m looking forward to sharing the experience of Rachel’s playing with our audiences in Portland.”
Described as “a poet, but also a dramatist” and providing “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News), Rachel has won numerous prizes at competitions all over the world. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and studied with Prof. Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music. In addition to international performances in Mexico, Poland, Italy, and the UK this year, Rachel made her Carnegie Hall debut in March.
Her program on Saturday, December 1 will include:
Mozart: Rondo in A minor
Schumann: Fantasie, Op. 17
Janacek: In the Mists
Schubert / Liszt: Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Liszt: Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este; Mephisto Waltz, No. 1
On Sunday, December 2 the program includes:
Franck/Bauer: Prelude, Fugue et Variation in B minor, Op. 18
Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
Lincoln Hall is located at 1620 SW Park in Portland. Tickets are available at portlandpiano.org or 503.228.1388. Tickets range from $55 (keyboard side) to $45 (non-keyboard side).
Additionally, 30-minute "Pre-concert Conversations" led by Director of Audience Engagement, Bill Crane, will take place at 3:15pm at Lincoln Hall before the December 1 and December 2 performances.
About Rachel Cheung
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. Other achievements include Second Prize and Schubert Prize at the 28th Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition, Italy, 2008, and Georges Leibenson Prize in the 67th Geneva International Piano Competition, 2012. In 2016, Rachel was awarded the special prize at the New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition.
Rachel has appeared in many prestigious music festivals including the 9th Musical Olympus International Festival, 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, the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival and the Sun Valley 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, Dong-Suk Kang, Jan-Erik Gustafasson, Ning Feng, Trey Lee, Latica-Honda Rosenberg, Jens Peter Maintz, Virpi Räisänsen, Jian Wang, and Michel Lethiec, Bruno Canino, the Brentano String Quartet and Quatuor Leonis.
She has collaborated with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Edo de Waart, the Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, the Sydney Symphony with Vladimir Ashkenazy, the NYCA Symphony Orchestra with Eduard Zilberkant, the London Chamber Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and Nicholas McGegan. Most recently, Rachel conducted and played Beethoven’s 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 DVD, Rachel Cheung – Keyboard Prodigy Live in Recital Miami International Piano Festival 2005, 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.
Highlights of her 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.