Yi-Shing Cheng

  • Master of Arts (Performance) from Royal Academy of Music (London)
  • Advanced Diploma (Royal Academy of Music)
  • Dip.RAM

Yi-Shing Cheng is a highly sought-after pianist, who is accomplished in both solo playing and chamber music.

As a well-established ensemble pianist, she was a founding member of Trio Opal; a prize-winning ensemble who has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, on BBC Radio 3 and many prestigious festivals throughout the UK. They have won prizes in several influential international chamber music competitions such as Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition. They were fellows and Trio-in-Residence at Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire, giving regular performances and coaching conservatoire student chamber music groups. The trio also participated in Dartington music festival, where they gave concerts and coached amateur ensembles.

In addition to instrumental works, Yi-Shing is also a talented vocal accompanist. Her love of poetry, sensitive playing and musicality has led to her winning various prizes alongside singers. She has given recitals with vocalists at various prestigious UK venues including Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, and live on the BBC Radio 3.

With her experience as a collaborative pianist and patient character, she is adept at rehearsing and coaching young students to adults with their exam pieces, auditions or works of any genre. She is good at solving musical problems, interacting through music, and is always a reliable and positive collaborator.

“…What makes her unique is her ability to make the other player play better. As a pianist she possesses this already rare combination of technical mastery and musical sensitivity. But what is so special is her capability to use those skills to make music together, to listen to and blend with me when we play together. Whether it’s a Mozart or Brahms or Franck violin and piano sonata where both players are equal, or violin virtuoso pieces like Wieniawski’s Polonaise where the piano part is more in the background, it always seems easy to obtain the proper balance with her and create a true piece of art… That is a unique talent and very difficult to find in most pianists…”
- Laurent L. from London

For live performances, please search “Trio Opal” on YouTube.

Details last updated: September 5, 2023