Sunny Cheng has more than nine years of teaching experience, and is currently a full-time private piano teacher. Sunny is an Associate Member of The Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand, and she is on the committee of the Wellington brunch of the IRMT. She is also a committee member of the Wellington Piano and Instrumental Group. Sunny can offer more than 10 performance opportunities for her students every year. She organises two of her own student concerts, and 6 WPIG concerts every year. She also enters her students in to various local competitions.
As of November 2019, she has helped her students through 113 ABRSM piano practical exams, and she has a 100% pass rate. In 2019, 20 of the 30 students that Sunny entered passed their exams with distinction, and 8 passed with merit. 6 of these students got above 140 out of 150, and they were invited to perform at the ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert in the Wellington Region.
Sunny was born in Beijing, China, and moved to New Zealand in 2007 with the dream of pursuing a carer in music. She was already passionate about the piano when she arrived in New Zealand, and was fortunate enough to study privately with Judith Clark. Sunny then studied classical piano performance at the New Zealand School of Music (Victoria University) with Diedre Irons and Dr Jian Liu.
Sunny has participated in many local competitions throughout New Zealand while she was a student. She has also been selected to play in many master-classes with international and local concert musicians such as Michael Houstoun, Michael Endres, Peter Nagy, Read Gainsford, John Chen, Guillermo González, Bart Van Oort, The New Zealand String Quartet and The New Zealand Trio.
Since graduating, Sunny has remained an active performer. She has performed in many local concerts throughout the North Island, including a recital at Lewis Eddy in Auckland, a number of concerts organised by the Confucius Institute, and various chamber music performances at the New Zealand School of Music, St Andrew’s and Expressions in Upper Hutt.