American pianist, Vivianne Cheng, is among the youngest Steinway Artists in the world to have joined the legendary roster. She is praised by critics as "a veteran performer, playing with unfailing concentration and purpose" (The News & Observer) and “dazzling and riveting... an artist with sensibilities far beyond her years" (CVNC Arts Journal). Rachmaninoff's final pupil, Ruth Slenczynska, describes Vivianne as having "unlimited promise through her interpretive imagination". Born in North Carolina, she gave her debut solo recital at the age of ten and has since performed in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Vivianne has made appearances in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Symphony Hall, Musikverein, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Festival Ljubljana, and La Cité Internationale des Arts. She has participated in the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Verbier Festival Academy, and International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove. Highlights of the past season included solo recitals at Wonderfeel Festival, Naarden International Piano Festival, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Vivianne is a prizewinner of numerous competitions including Tureck International Bach Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Concurso Internacional de Piano CLAMO, Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, Wideman International Piano Competition, Concours International de Piano de Lagny, Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition, and the inaugural Arts Arena–Curtis Institute of Music Award in Paris, France. Vivianne has also been the recipient of the Jacques Vonk Fund, AHK Talent Grant, United Arts Council Professional Development Grant, David H. Springman Memorial Fellowship, Vladimir Horowitz Piano Scholarship, and Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant.
Featured on television and radio programs, her performances have been broadcast on PBS, Y Arts 'On Stage at Curtis’, The Classical Network (WWFM), Good Morning Television New Zealand, and in the acclaimed documentaries "On a Personal Note" (2010) and “Die Martins-Passion” (2004). As a chamber musician, Vivianne has performed alongside artists such as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Efe Baltacigil, and has studied with Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Pamela Frank, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Aaron Rosand, and Thomas Riebl, among others. In addition, she is often invited to give world premieres of new works written for solo piano and mixed ensembles, and has played for prominent composers including William Bolcom, Reinhard Febel, and Ned Rorem.
Vivianne's studies have included the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Naum Grubert, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Andreas Groethuysen and Pavel Gililov, and Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman and Leon Fleisher. Prior to entering Curtis, Vivianne studied at The Juilliard School where, at fifteen years old, she became one of the youngest students in their history to be accepted as a college student. Previous major teachers have included Ruth Slenczynska, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Arkady Aronov. Furthermore, she has worked with legendary pianists including Alicia de Larrocha, György Sándor, Claude Frank, Earl Wild, Boris Berman, Dmitri Bashkirov, Kirill Gerstein, Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, and Arie Vardi.