Rachel Cheung, Piano

Rachel Cheung, Piano

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Van Cliburn International Award winner

Rachel Cheung has been cheered by audiences in St. Petersburg, Russia; at the Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland; and in such other global centers of music as Kiev, Heidelberg, Geneva, Rouen, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Jerusalem, Toronto, Fort Worth, and New York.

Critics are as enraptured with her playing as the public. As Culture Spot LA says, “Cheung is the complete package: skill, technique, artistry.”

Princeton audiences are in for a wonderful evening of music, played by a truly remarkable musician.

“A poet, but also a dramatist . . .  the most sophisticated and compelling music-making.” – The Dallas Morning News

Event Details

Saturday, June 22, 7:30 pm

General Admission $50 - $60
Students $15 (use STUTIX promo code when ordering)
Free "Meet the Artist" Reception follows the performance


Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Selections from Pièces de Clavecin
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Preludes, op. 28, nos. 7-16
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat Major, op. 63
Impromptu No. 2 in F Minor, op. 31
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Toccata from Le tombeau de Couperin
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960


Rachel Cheung’s program for her Princeton debut takes the listener through a kaleidoscope of moods. You will experience melancholy, bright joy, profound reflection, sheer sensuous pleasure, and so many more emotions as she moves through a selection of French keyboard music from the 18th through the 20th centuries, then closes the evening with a single towering masterpiece from the German romantic period.

The concert opens with the quicksilver turns of Pièces de Clavecin by Rameau, a French Baroque master of harmony who was also a genius of expressive melody. Cheung then plays a selection of Chopin’s Preludes. Influenced by Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, these works mark him as a musical innovator and a Romantic poet.

If Chopin was influenced by Bach, Gabriel Fauré’s passionate Nocturne #6 pays homage to Chopin. It is followed by Fauré’s Impromptu #2, which has a lively tarantella rhythm and is more lightly textured.

Cheung then turns to the Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel’s homage to François Couperin, another French Baroque composer. Tombeau can mean tomb or memorial, and this selection was written in memory of a friend killed in World War I, yet it is surprisingly light-hearted and up-tempo. When asked why it wasn’t sad, Ravel answered, “the dead are sad enough.”

The final piece, Schubert’s great B-flat major sonata, is a long, deep emotional journey  featuring a mesmerizing flow of gorgeous melody and the cyclic return of themes. You emerge from it as if from a dream.

Experience the Artistry of Rachel Cheung

Critics hail Rachel Cheung as a sensitive artist and a virtuoso. Hear both sides in her extraordinary performance of Liszt’s famous Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

Get acquainted with Rachel and her thoughts on this recital, the challenges of the musical life, and how she would encourage young pianists.

Interview with Rachel Cheung

Renowned classical pianist Rachel Cheung talks about her relationship with music and her upcoming program with The Princeton Festival on June 22, 2019.Get tickets to Rachel Cheung's performance at https://princetonfestival.org/performance/2019-piano-recital/

Posted by The Princeton Festival on Tuesday, May 14, 2019