Wai-Ching Rachel Cheung (張緯晴) is a young classical pianist born on 27 September 1991 in Hong Kong. She has won numerous prizes and awards in Hong Kong and overseas and performs regularly in Europe and America.
Rachel started piano lessons at the age of four, she was later admitted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she studied with Professor Eleanor Wong. With the full scholarship from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the HKAPA in 2011. She was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship and she has been pursuing her Master of Music Degree at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Professor Peter Frankl since Fall 2011
In 2001 she won First Prize in the Hong Kong regional competition of the Steinway and Sons International Youth Piano Competition. At her first competition in Europe, she claimed the First Prize at the 2002 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. In May 2003, Rachel won the First Prize at the “International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz” in the Ukraine. Apart from winning the Gold Medal, she was also awarded three special prizes from the jury including the prize for the “Most Outstanding Concerto Performance”.
In America in June 2004, she won the First Prize and a ‘Peer Jury Prize’ for the most popular finalist at the 2004 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. In 2008, she won the second prize at the Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition. In September, 2009 Rachel won the fifth prize at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, the best result a Hong Kong pianist has ever achieved in this prestigious competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw 2010.