Bio – Long version

Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.”  Pianist Claude Frank describes her as “a brilliant, sensitive, imaginative and most beguiling pianist.” Amy enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher and has appeared in recitals at venues such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and National Concert Hall in Taipei. She has performed in music festivals both as soloist and chamber musician across the United States, in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan and Israel. Amy has won awards  from the 2000 Heida Hermanns International Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Rising Young Artist Series in Taipei, among many others. Amy’s live performances have been heard on WGBH, KCSC, WHYY, La Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2, and NPR in Houston.

As a concerto soloist, she made her Boston concerto debut at the age of 17 at Jordan Hall with Liszt Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Benjamin Zhander, and has appeared with the 'Musica Viva' Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Recent concerto performances include Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Chopin Concerto No. 2 with Oklahoma Community Orchestral, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 with the Taichung Philharmonic in Taiwan, Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto with Orchestra of the Pines in Texas, Haydn Concerto Hob. 6 with Classic Orchestra in Taiwan, and Liszt Concerto No. 2 with Oklahoma Youth Symphony.

An avid chamber musician, she is the current co-Artistic Director of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble in Oklahoma City. A sought after collaborator, Amy has performed with the Van Dingstee String Quartet from the Netherlands and the American Chamber Players on tours. In addition, she was a resident pianist for the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) 2010-2011 Conferences. As a founding member of the former Goffriller Trio, she performed in The Third Jerusalem International Chamber Music Encounters in Israel directed by Isaac Stern, and the 1999 La Jolla SummerFest. Amy recently taught and performed at the 2009 Interharmony International Music Festival and 2010-11 Quartz Mountain Music Festival. Since 1999, Amy has been performing with husband/clarinetist Chad Burrow as Duo Clarion. In 2009, the duo was invited to appear in a festival celebrating the 100th birthday of America’s legendary clarinetist, Benny Goodman at Sprague Hall on the campus of Yale University, and Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Cheng and Burrow received rave reviews in The Yale Daily News and The New York Times for their performance of Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata. The duo made its debut CD recording appearance on "Chamber Music of Edward Knight" on Albany Record in 2005. The duo also forms Trio Solari with violinist Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang.

Amy is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), Yale University School of Music (MM and Artist Diploma), and the New England Conservatory (DMA). Her principal teachers are Claude Frank, Wha-Kyung Byun and Rolf-Peter Wille. Ms. Cheng was Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma from 2002-2006.  She also served as the Head of the Piano Area at Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music from 2006-2009. Amy is currently on faculty at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts and has served as a collaborative pianist for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where she has appeared on numerous faculty and student recitals, and featured on several faculty recording projects. In addition, she holds a Lecturer position at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance since Fall 2012