Yau Cheng feels, understands, plays on the piano and engraves on score, translating with a rare sense of inner truth a candid gravity. She is enthusiastically meticulous in her spontaneity as an artist as well as a musician’s musician. Her respectful sensitivity for all cultures brings her in close osmosis with the humanism of the various idioms she serves with generosity.
Yau 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 aspirations have brought her to the Académie Internationale de Musique at Château de Rangiport (France). Yau later continued her studies with Caroline Palmer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, gaining a Master of Music in Piano Accompaniment with distinction in the Guildhall Artist Programme. She then held positions as Leverhulme Artist and Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Emile and Yau's recording of sonatas for piano four-hands by Theodore Gouvy was released by Naxos in 2014.
With work spanning three continents, Yau has performed in the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bristol’s Colston Hall, City of London Festival, Winchester Chamber Music Festival, and concerts at venues around London, collaborating with renowned musicians like cellist Stefan Popov, harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet and saxophonist Gerard McChrystal. She 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 Sarah Walker, Susan Bullock, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Virginia Zeani, Paul Kiesgen, Penelope Mackay, Patricia Wise, and Alan Bennett. Yau has been on concert tours with the Singing Hoosiers through many states of America. Besides working with singers, she has accompanied the studios of cellists Janos Starker and Helga Winold, violinists Jacqueline Ross and Mark Kaplan, harpist Susann McDonald, and clarinettist Howard Klug, among others. Yau continues to be in demand as a répétiteur and collaborative pianist for opera venues, conservatoires and individual musicians.
Apart from 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.