Cherry Ngan

Cherry Ngan started learning the piano when she was five years old and has since then gained her Fellowship Diploma from Trinity College London (professional recital diploma FTCL) at the age of 17. In the last few years Cherry has gained first place in many well-known competitions, such as the Lions Club Te Awamutu Recital class, the Tauranga Richard Carey Piano Recital, and the North Shore Piano Concerto Competition.

Cherry Ngan

She was named the most promising pianist in the National Young Performer of the Year Awards, and has been a semifinalist in it twice. Cherry has performed as a soloist with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Aotea Youth Orchestra. She has played in master classes with many notable pianists, including Bryan Sayer, Rae d’Lisle and Stephen Hough.

Cherry also has a strong interest in Chamber music, completing a first year University chamber music paper through Waikato Conservatorium of Music during her final year of high school. In 2008 and 2009, her chamber music group was one of eight groups selected to compete in the New Zealand Secondary School National Chamber Competition National Final. Cherry was also a member of the chamber group that performed the New Zealand premiere of Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Septet, in 2010. She is currently in a chamber group as a part of the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music. Cherry is 19 years of age and studies the piano with Katherine Austin.

She is currently a scholarship student at the University of Auckland, studying Law and Applied Mathematics.