Born in Hong Kong, Carmen Ching currently studies with Dr. Scott McBride Smith at the University of Kansas Doctoral of Musical Art program. Priorly, she studied with Eteri Andjaparidze at Mannes School of Music and Artist Faculty member Yoojung Kim at NYU Steinhardt, where she also served as a piano instructor. She was a recipient of multiple scholarships, including the Steinhardt Music Talent scholarship, Presidential Scholarship and Music Scholarship from KU. Ching earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Tessa Nicholson.
Ching was a prize winner of the 3rd Chinese pieces International Piano Competition and the 69th Steinway & Sons International Youth Competition. She has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts at venues such as the Hong Kong Cultural Center,Hong Kong City Hall, and the Queen Elizabeth Stadium (Hong Kong). She participated in the Internationale Klavierakademie Murrhardt, Inside Out Festival, and Aspen Music Festival with Polonsky Foundation Fellowship, and was featured in recitals and master classes with Christina McMaster, Pascal Devoyon, Felix Gottlieb, John Perry, and Hung-Kuan Chen.
Ching performs her own composition as well. She performed her own work, “Dream”, at the Dream Stage competition in Hong Kong. Her original cadenza for Mozart Concerto K. 453 was acclaimed at the Royal Academy of Music Piano Concerto Competition.
You can find Ka Man Carmen’s performance here.