Robert, age 19, 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 but made the decision to continue his piano studies with Dr Nigel Wilkinson www.nigelwilkinsonpiano.com.
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’s Piano Concerto No.2) with the RSO in March 2015, to a rousing reception from a capacity audience. 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. In March 2016, he was awarded his ABRSM Licence diploma. He won the Sevenoaks Young Musician competition, and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the Lydian Orchestra in December 2016.
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 supported by the Soiree D’Or Award. He started there as a first study piano student in September 2016, and is currently being taught by Head of Keyboard Vanessa Latarche. In April 2017 Robert performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto with the RSO.
Robert is also a keen actor and his TV credits include a guest lead role in BBC Casualty (Jake Coulson) and BBC Outnumbered (Greyson.) He was also ‘the boy’ in ‘The boy of wonder’ BBC iplayer parental control infomercial and in 2015 plays the part of the ‘Cute Texting Boy’ in Wilder films, short film, ‘The Library.’ Robert draws on his acting experience and gives his piano recitals his own unique flavour by introducing each piece he plays with interesting and often intriguing facts, anecdotes and information.
‘A performance to treasure – Thank you.’ – James Kirby, International Concert pianist, Watford Music Festival
‘A splendid musical account showing real musicianship, sense of performance, ability to communicate and intelligence beyond your years. Outstanding… A real musician at work here – bravo.’ – Vanessa Latarche – Head of Keyboard, Royal College of Music, Croydon Music Festival
‘Robert gave us a quite outstanding performance of great precision and musicality played entirely from memory‘ – Music in Marlow – Christ Church – www.musicinmarlow.org.uk
‘Beautiful and virtuosic‘ – Gordon Fergus Thompson, International Concert pianist, Oxford Music Festival
‘A breath-taking performance by Junior Musician of the year, Robert Cheung.’ – Woking Music Festival
‘Robert enthralled our audiences last year and was an irresistible choice for this year’s concert series’ – Wooburn Festival
‘I was so very impressed with Rob Cheung’s playing. He is an extremely sensitive artist and has strong musicality. His overall talent could take him far indeed. He said to me that now he is not afraid to use his heart — and one heard that immediately when he played. There were glimpses of his soul being involved as well, which is paramount to being a great artist. He reacts immediately to suggestions, and when he uses them he still manages to make the music sound “his own”. I am so pleased I had the chance to hear him play and talk with him and his charming father. I wish him much success in the joy and gift of making music.’ – Byron Janis, International Concert Pianist