Hailed for her “extraordinary virtuosity” (CHIMI Arts Award), as well as for her “sublime playing” and “radiant tone” (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano), Taiwanese clarinetist Dr. Yu-Ting Cheng has revealed her uncommon musical versatility and earned recognition as a solo artist by winning numerous top prizes in her younger career, including the national music competition Hsing-Tien Kong Young Artist Award, the 2019 Stony Brook Concerto Competition, the 32nd CHIMEI Arts Award, the 5th North International Music Competition, the American Prize National Competitions in Instrumental Performance and the Ernst Bacon Award of American Music 2021.
Additionally, Yu-Ting is the recipient of the 2015 Valeri Canady Foundation Scholarship in clarinet performance and the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award of Taiwan Chapter Society of Peabody Conservatory Alumni. Awarded fellowships by the highly reputable Norfolk New Music Workshop (2019) and LUCERNE Festival Academy (2020), Yu-Ting’s exceptional and remarkable performance on contemporary music is unparalleled in the field of her work. She is also the artist-in-residence of 2020 “Stars of Tiding” O-Bank Education Foundation, and will be giving her solo recital in Taiwan this September.
She performs frequently across the US, Europe and Asia. Deeply committed to sharing her passion through music, she also engages students and community audiences through frequent school and outreach concerts, lecture recitals and master classes. She regularly held recitals and concerts in Taiwan at National Taiwan Concert Hall and Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Recent highlights include Webern Symphony and Boulez Polyphonie X with Lucerne Contemporary Orchestra at Berlin Philharmonie and Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre; Schubert Die Verschworenen with Maestro Phillip Nuzzo and Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra at the Wien Musikverein; Corigliano Clarinet Concerto with Maestro Michael Morgan and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, broadcasted by Clarinet Corner on Troy Public Radio; World premieres for chamber orchestra with Orchestra of St. Luke's with Maestro Tito Muñoz; The Chinese Now Music Festival Finale Concert with the Orchestra of new Asia Chamber Music Society at the Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall.
As a composer, her composition “Haya- for Solo Clarinet and Electronics” was selected by the 2016 Electronic Music Midwest Festival and the 2018 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. She was invited to be the presenter of TEDx Talk to perform and share her composition process of her piece “Haya”. Her commissioned piece “Meditation- for Solo Violin, Pre-recorded Piano and Electronics” by Taiwan Chapter Society of Peabody Alumni had its world premiere at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Ting received a Master’s degree at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Steven E. Barta. She also holds a Doctoral degree from Stony Brook University under the guidance of Alan R. Kay. She is currently the B-flat/ Bass clarinetist with the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra.