Rachel Cheung won the Audience Award and finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and 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 First Prizes at the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine and the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, 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.
As an active chamber musician, Rachel has worked with many world-renowned musicians. She has collaborated with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and many other prestigious orchestras. Most recently, Rachel conducted and played Beethoven 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. Highlights of the upcoming 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.