Jedi and Classical Musician

Robert began learning the piano at the age of 9 and it became his passion when he was accepted into the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of 12.  A year later he was also offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department as well as a full scholarship to the Purcell School of Music. In 2014 Robert was awarded an ABRSM medal for exceptional grade 8 score and was nominated for the prestigious Emanuel piano trophy for four years in a row.

In the 2014 Nationwide Rotary Young Musician competition sponsored by Harrods, Robert competed against the best young instrumentalists across the British Isles and was named overall winner of the instrumental section, performing music by Liszt and Copland. In 2014 Robert was also awarded a distinction for his ABRSM piano diploma with an outstanding score of 55 out of 60 for performance.

In 2015 Robert gave numerous solo recitals, and as the winner of the Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO) 2014 Young Musician competition he performed his first Concerto (Rachmaninov 2) with the RSO in March 2015, to a rousing reception from a capacity audience.

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In March 2016, Robert was awarded his ABRSM Licence diploma and won the Sevenoaks Young Musician competition. He performed Beethoven 3 concerto with The Lydian Orchestra in December 2016 and Ravel’s piano concerto with the RSO in April 2017.

Robert was one of the youngest musicians to be accepted by the Concordia Foundation, and participated in his first event for them at the National Portrait Gallery in June 2015. 2015 was a landmark year for Robert as he auditioned successfully for the prestigious performance degree at the Royal College of Music and was awarded a scholarship. He started there as a scholarship first study piano student in September 2016, and is currently being taught by Head of Keyboard Professor Vanessa Latarche.

Robert is also a keen actor and his TV credits include a guest lead role in BBC Casualty (Jake Coulson) and BBC Outnumbered (Greyson.) Robert cannot remember a time when he hasn’t loved an related to the Star Wars universe and the teachings of Jediism. When he plays he often visualizes images to help bring emotional and spiritual content to his work and frequently those images come from galaxies far away. He truly believes in the power of music to inspire creativity and that music is the universal language the Force speaks.

LINK: www.robertcheung.co.uk

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