Lauded for her “extraordinarily varied palette” (WholeNote Magazine) and “purely magical” playing (New York Concert Review), Tokyo-born Chinese-Canadian pianist Silvie Cheng illuminates musical works with her exquisite touch at the keyboard. Since her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2011, she has performed internationally as both a solo recitalist and collaborative pianist, including at New York's Steinway Hall and Merkin Hall; Canada's Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, Supreme Court of Canada, National Arts Centre, Winspear Centre, Maison Symphonique, Canadian Museum of History; Brussels' Flagey Hall; Shanghai's Poly Theatre; South Korea's Alpensia Concert Hall, among many other acclaimed venues.
Equally consummate as guest soloist with orchestra, recent highlights include appearances with Symphony Nova Scotia and the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. Her distinctions over the years include top prizes at the Thousand Islands and Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, the Ontario Music Federation Association Competition, and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. International festival engagements include Canada's Festival of the Sound, Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival; Aspen (Colorado), Trasimeno (Italy), Usedom (Germany), and TONALi Kiezfestival (Germany).
As pianist of the Cheng² Duo alongside her cellist brother, Bryan Cheng, Ms. Cheng was named one of CBC Music's “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”. Now touring extensively, the duo has performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and has been featured on CBC Radio Two, WQXR, Vermont Public Radio, ICI Musique, Radio-Canada International, WCRB Classical Music Boston, WCNY Classic FM, Winnipeg Classic FM, BBC Radio Scotland, ORF Radio Austria, Classical Radio Orpheus Russia, Kulturradio RBB Berlin, Südwestrundfunk (SWR2), NDR Kultur and hr2-kultur Frankfurt. Cheng² Duo has released a trilogy of critically-acclaimed albums on the German classical label audite: Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018) and Violoncelle français (2016).
Ms. Cheng's affinity for working closely with living composers has led to nearly fifty world premieres since 2010, in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Cornell University, and the National Gallery of Canada. Having an extraordinary ability to connect with the next generation and with audiences both on and off the stage, she is a teaching-artist of the Manhattan School of Music's Distance Learning program and of the Living Arts Collaborative in New York. With the belief that music as a universal language can help bring communities in need together, she has curated and performed at numerous benefit concerts over the years, raising tens of thousands of dollars for various charities, bringing awareness to breast cancer research and the 20/20 Campaign through the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. She has also organized and participated in numerous relief efforts for natural-disaster victims in Haiti, Indonesia, China, and Japan through the Canadian Red Cross.
Ms. Cheng discovered her love for music at age four on a tiny, blue, toy keyboard. She obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music as a Presidential Award Scholar, Dean’s List student, and the recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for "exceptional promise in piano performance" upon graduation. Her formative musical mentors include Jeffrey Cohen, Menahem Pressler, and Angela Hewitt. Ms. Cheng also holds an Associate Piano Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
A 2022-23 National Arts Club Artist Fellow, Ms. Cheng is currently based in New York City.