Praised by World Journal, Minneapolis, for her “mature technique, a full range of her emotions in her playing that leads the orchestra”, Kai-Li Cheng appears as a recitalist, chamber and orchestra musician and a concerto soloist in the United States, Austria, Taiwan and Japan. She has attended summer festivals including Atlantic Music Festival, Banff Summer Art Festival and the Wiener Meisterkurse fur Müsik and was invited to appear on MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) broadcasting the Beethoven “Kreutzer” violin sonata as part of an interview with Rita Dove on her book, Sonata Mulattic.
In 2019, Cheng performed Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Century College in Minnesota and this is her fifth time playing with them as a concerto soloist. In addition to standard repertoire, Cheng premiered many works by living composers.
Cheng is also an active chamber and orchestral violinist. Collaborations have included performances with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Franck, Arnold Steinhardt, Fred Sherry, Sally Chisholm. Ariana Kim, Gunther Schüller, Robert Aldridge, Osmo Vänskä, David Amado, Borromeo String Quartet, Miro Quartet, Henschel Quartet, Escher Quartet and Parker Quartet and members from Minnesota Orchestra.
A native of Taiwan, she graduates study and received her master’s degree and a doctorate in violin performance from University of Minnesota under full-scholarship, where she studied with Young-Nam Kim.
Raised in Taiwan, Cheng currently devotes to making music accessible by teaching, giving concerts regularly and joining community music activities in the U.S. She is the board member of MTAC Alameda East and the chair of YAG program. Cheng conducts her private studio and establishes a Youth String Orchestra in 2022 in her residential area where is San Ramon, California.