Pianist Patricia Cheng has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in recitals and festivals throughout the United States and abroad, and has been praised for her thoughtful programming and sensitive musicianship. In 2010, she explored the music of artists in search of national identity, in a concert titled "Finding Home: A Kaleidoscope of Musical Journeys." Her recent appearances in the San Francisco Bay Area include performances at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Stanford University, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Community School of Music and Arts, and Foothill College. She earned a master’s degree in 2005 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Paul Hersh and was named a finalist in the school’s annual piano concerto competition.

Ms. Cheng is also a recognized leader in arts advocacy, having been selected to participate in 1stACT Silicon Valley’s Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative in 2009. She served as a member of the City of Mountain View’s Performing Arts Committee from 2003 through 2010; and, as Chair for five years, she worked to expand the scope and impact of the Committee’s initiatives.

An active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Ms. Cheng currently teaches piano at the New Mozart School of Music. Her work as a performer, educator and arts advocate has been supported by grants from Arts Council Silicon Valley, 1stACT Silicon Valley and the Castellano Family Foundation.

Ms. Cheng earned her undergraduate degree with honors in English from the University of Chicago. She also won the prestigious Donnelley Cambridge Exchange Fellowship, which enabled her to study music for one year at Cambridge University. Ms. Cheng then attended Yale Law School, where she earned a J.D. while actively continuing her piano studies.