Yau Cheng

Pianist and music engraver Yau Cheng earned both her Master and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (USA), under the tutelage of Emile Naoumoff. She was a student of Nancy Loo and Mimi Li in Hong Kong before pursuing higher education in the United States. Her studies have brought her to the Académie Internationalede Musique at Château deRangiport (France) in 2008. Yau later continued her studies with Caroline Palmer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (UK), where she was enrolled in the Guildhall Artist Programme, gaining a Masters of Music in Piano Accompaniment with distinction.

Since relocating to the UK, she has performed in Bristol's Colston Hall, City of London Festival, Winchester Chamber Music Festival, song recitals at Guildhall, and concerts at venues around London. Yau has also presented duo piano concerts in her native Hong Kong, where she appeared on Radio Television Hong Kong, Radio 4's "Cantilena" with her duo partner.

Yau has worked extensively for the Voice, Opera, and Choral Departments at both Indiana University and the Guildhall School, where she played for master classes and projects conducted by artists including Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Virginia Zeani, Paul Kiesgen, Penelope Mackay, Dale Moore, Patricia Wise, and Alan Bennett. Proud and privileged to be a Singing Hoosier, Yau has been on concert tours with the ensemble through many states of America. She has accompanied the studios of cellists Janos Starker and Helga Winold, violinist Mark Kaplan, harpist Susann McDonald, and clarinetist Howard Klug, among others. Outside of the institutions, Yau continues to be in demand as a répétiteur and collaborative pianist for opera venues, companies and individual musicians. She regularly plays for Hampstead Garden Opera and Bel Canto London.

Besides her performance work, Yau was on the faculty of Indiana University's Young Pianists Programme, and was an Adjunct Lecturer for undergraduate music theory and aural skills classes. She also studied the harp with Professor Elzbieta Szmyt.

Yau remains a keen piano duo sight reader, page turner, and orchestral reduction player, while striving to create the prettiest wavy slurs on music notation software Finale for her engraving work.