bio

Pianist I-Hsuan Cheng’s performing career has taken her around the world, including Rhodos, Como, Taipei, New York City, San Diego, Paris, Prague, and Boston. A recent review in La Cronica described Ms. Cheng’s performance as “captivating and mesmerizing,” with her playing demonstrating “a palette of colors and poetry.”

After winning first place in the 2004 Biannual Piano Competition in Mexicali, Mexico, Ms. Cheng toured Ensenada and Mexicali with Orquesta de Baja California. Other notable events include performances with cellist Felix Fan in San Diego’s Taiwanese Heritage Week and a performance in her hometown of Yuan-Lin, Taiwan with her sister, Iman Cheng.  

Ms. Cheng started her life as a pianist at the age of four, and she has continued as a recitalist and a chamber musician throughout her life. She completed her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, receiving both a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Dr. Nelita True. With the prestigious Eastman Chamber Music Society, Ms. Cheng and her colleagues regularly gave chamber concerts in the Rochester area. Through Eastman’s Graduate Award, Ms. Cheng collaborated with many inspiring musicians during her years at school. She also performed in master classes given by distinguished pianists John Perry, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcolm Bilson, Logan Skelton, Einar Steen-Nökleberg, and Kenneth Copper.

Ms. Cheng is a strong supporter of contemporary music and enjoys working with modern composers. She premiered Yi-Kang Han’s Piano Trio in Taipei with her trio group, and she worked with renowned Mexican composer Samuel Zyman to perform his Piano Concerto. With love and pride for her homeland, Taiwan, Ms. Cheng proudly performs works by Taiwanese composers, including Tyzan Hsiao and Ming-Hsiu Yen. She cites her ballerina mother, Mei-Ling, as her primary artistic inspiration. Ms. Cheng currently resides in San Francisco, California.