CHEUNG Wai-ching, Rachel
Received Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists in 2011/12
Prizes and awards from international competitions including the 16th Leeds International Pianoforte Competition (2009) and the 67th Geneva International Piano Competition (2012). Finalist and winner of the Audience Prize at the 2017 Van Cliburn Piano Competition
Recipient of scholarships including the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship. Received the Award for Young Artist, Hong Kong Arts Development Awards (2009)
As soloist and chamber musician, worldwide collaborations included the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Edo de Waart, the Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder and the Sydney Symphony under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Nicholas McGegan and Leonard Slatkin
Piano Sonata Sz 80, BB 88 by Bela Bartok
The Hungarian composer Bela Bartók wrote his Piano Sonata in 1926. The sonata consists of three movements with the following tempo indications: Allegro moderato, Sostenuto e pesante and Allegro molto. Written in his mature period and new style, Bartók co-operates dissonances and highly driven rhythms with folk-like tunes, an element used extensively in his compositions. The Sonata gives an impression of restlessness from its driving rhythms and repeated notes from the very beginning of the first movement. The second movement is extremely intense from its highly dissonant harmony and interweaving lines, while the final movement is very exciting and dance-like. The Sonata is technically challenging because of its constant use of octaves and leaps across the keyboard.