Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hon Ki Cheung started learning music as a pipa player at the age of 9, and started her formal musical studies in the Junior Music Program at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She passed the performance diploma exam by the Central Conservatory of Music with merit in 2008. In 2012 She completed her undergraduate studies in Electronic Engineering with first class honours at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she was an exchange student at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011.
In Stockholm she started learning organ from Ulf Samuelsson, and this led her to pursue a second degree at the University of Kansas, majoring Organ Performance, Music Theory and Composition. Her organ teachers include Michael Bauer and James Higdon. She has received instructions from Karel Paukert, and she has played in masterclasses by David Higgs and Olivier Latry. She has also performed at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri. After graduation with distinction from KU in 2016, she is now attending Florida State University for a Master’s degree in Music Theory. She is a member of ASCAP.
Hon Ki started composing in 2013. Her composition teachers include James Barnes, Cliffton Callender, Bryan Kip Haaheim, and Forrest Pierce. Her first work for organ, Chorale Prelude on “Millar”, has been selected to feature in the Bayoubüchlein for the American Guild Organists (AGO) 2016 Convention in Houston. She, as a composer, has also chosen to be one of the awardees of the 2016 AGO Student Commissioning project with organist Alexander Meszler.
As a theorist, she is interested in investigating the relationship between mathematics and music. She is also interested in understanding more about music perception. Her undergraduate thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Scott Murphy, is titled “A Study of Inter-Cardinality Voice Leading Using Voice-Leading Zones and the Extended 4-Cube Trio.”
Hon Ki was a participant of the Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop in 2015, where she, as a pipa player, worked with many other like-minded musicians and instructors including Mike Block, Sarah Jarosz, and Kaoru Watanabe. She also participated in the composer’s retreat in the Wintergreen Music Festival in 2016.