Taiwanese pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia and is currently a staff pianist at the Eastman School of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Taiwan Shin-Min Orchestra. Ms.Cheng has won numerous piano competitions, including First Prizes at the Schubert Club Competition (2012), the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival Concerto Competition (2010), the National Taiwan Studying Abroad Scholarship (2010), the Excellence in Accompanying Award at the Eastman School of Music (2010), the Cliburn/McElroy/Dayas/Gorno Scholarship Competition (2006), the Wyoming Music Club Scholarship Competition (2006), the McElroy, Dayas, Baur Scholarship Competition (2004) and many others.
A vibrant and dedicated chamber musician, Ms. Cheng has become a sought after collaborative partner. She performs regularly with the Argos Trio, comprised of her and string players from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The group maintains an active performance schedule in Rochester, New York City and in Washington, D.C. A striking and rewarding part of her collaborative career has been presenting solo recitals and chamber music concerts with musicians from all around the world such as Ronald Barron, Eric Behr, David Brickman, Ixi Chen, Victoria Chiang, Brian Powell, Stephen Fissel, David Halen, Michael Kannen, Peter Kurau, Jane Marvine, Katherine Needleman, James Olin, Paul Pollard, George Taylor, Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Shoichiro Hokazono, Samuel Schlosser, and Nathan Zgonc.
Ms. Cheng began piano lessons with her aunt at age of four. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Frank Weinstock where she received a Van Cliburn Scholarship. She completed her Master’s Degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Benjamin Pasternack and received a full scholarship. She was awarded the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Excellent Accompanying. She holds a Doctoral Degree from the Eastman School of Music where she was a student and teaching assistant of Barry Snyder and recipient of a graduate assistantship as an accompanist and large ensemble pianist. Ms. Cheng is currently a staff pianist at the Eastman School of Music, piano accompanist and instructor at Monroe Community College, and organist and pianist at St Kateri Parish in Irondequoit, NY.