Pianist Dr. Cheng Wai, Vivian
In recognition of her outstanding achievements in music and in the promotion of Art and Culture, Cheng Wai awarded Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2009, is a renowned pianist in Hong Kong. Among the new generation of pianists, Cheng Wai is admired for her exquisite musicianship and consummate technical ability. She is also a Steinway artist along with Lang Lang and Yundi Li.
Early graduate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She later obtained her master’s degree and artist diploma at Yale University and received her doctoral degree from New York State University at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Ling Yuan, Gabriel Kwok, John Winther, Seymour Lipkin, Claude Frank, Gilbert Kalish.
She is an active pianist with footsteps in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in USA, National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Tianjin Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre etc.
As one of Hong Kong most versatile and renowned pianist, she is active both as soloist and chamber musician, she has also collaborated with distinguished artists such as French artist Augustin Dumay, Florent Héau, Violinist Lu Si-qing, Li Chuan-yun, Jue Yao, Mira Wang Zheng-rong , Cellist Wang Jian and Chu Yi-bing , Singers such as Tenor Wai Song, Soprano Huang Ying, Ke Luwa, Alto Zhang Qiu Lin and Gordon Feng etc.
The conductors with whom she has collaborated include Gustave Meier, Lawrence Smith, Samuel Wong, Yip Wing-sie, Zheng Xiao Ying, Mak Ka-lok, Hu Yong Yan, Yan Hui Chang etc.
Dr. Cheng was invited to be on the faculty at the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy this summer, as well as faculty member at the Vianden International chamber Music Festival 2015 Aug.
In 2016, she was invited to participate in the project of HUAXIA QINYING - the Global Chinese Pianist Season Concert Tour in China and became the first Hong Kong pianist who played recital in the Harbin Grand Theatre.
She is now the chairlady of the Central Conservatory of Music (HK) Foundation, and currently teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has also frequently adjudicated in numerous local and international competitions.
She is the founding member of the Metropolitan Trio and JW Piano Duo.