Classical Pianist Rachel Cheung Coming to Kahilu Theatre Feb. 9


Classical pianist and 2017 Cliburn Audience Award Winner Rachel Cheung will perform at the Kahilu Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. As part of the Kahilu Overture program, students aged 8-18 have free admission to this performance when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.  More ticket info can be found below.

Pianist Rachel Cheung is hailed as “a poet, but also a dramatist” displaying “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News). She won over audiences and critics alike as a finalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with “stunningly imaginative” (Musical America) interpretations marked by “flights of both beauty and virtuosity” (Theater Jones) and was awarded the Audience Prize by an online vote. Also a Young Steinway Artist, she continues to build a reputation for a sparkling stage presence and elegant performances across three continents.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel graduated with first-class honors at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Eleanor Wong, and later studied with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists.

Rachel has appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sydney Symphony, London Chamber, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jaap van Zweden, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Mark Elder, Christopher Warren-Green, and Nicholas McGegan. She conducted and played Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris at the 2017 Play-Direct Academy led by Stephen Kovacevich, where she was awarded the Prix du Jury at the closing concert. Enthusiastic about that experience, Rachel played/conducted the same concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2019 and was invited to return to the Play-Direct Academy as a member of the jury in September 2019.

If you go… Have a good show!

Event: Rachel Cheung in concert
When: Feb. 9, 2020, at 2 p.m.
Where: Kahilu Theatre
Cost: Tickets are $50/$25. Students aged 8-18 have free admission to this performance when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
Info: Purchase tickets at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

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