Cheng is a songwriter, concert band leader, film and contemporary music composer, sound engineer and music producer in Asia. His debut on the music scene was as a pianist. As a composer in multidisciplinary fields of music composition, Cheng’s music consists of an eclectic inspiration of a variety of musical styles.
Cheng read music at King’s College London and the University of Hong Kong where he obtained Master of Music and Ph.D. respectively. He was also a pupil of Denise Ham in orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). His former composition mentors include Joshua Chan at HKU, Silvina Milstein and Professor Sir Harrison Birtwistle at King's. Cheng is the recipient of Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship, Composition Award of the 28th RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Awards, Joint Song Award for Performance Excellence from four Hong Kong local radio stations (the best airing index-of-the-year in Hong Kong pop music market in 2005), and the Best Serious Composition of CASH Golden Sail Music Awards with his compositions Lost and Regain (2015) and Trapped (2018).
Cheng has published over 60 pieces of original contemporary music, much of his music is public performed and released on CD and digital medias, “Dark Side of the City” Series being one of the more recent additions to that. Cheng has been frequently invited to attend international conferences such as ISCM in Hong Kong, International Rostrum of Composers in Argentina (2019) and Serbia (2020), International Double Reed Society Conference (IDRS) in Tokyo, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in Netherlands, International Catholic Film Festival in Italy, Classical:NEXT in Netherlands, Musicacoustica-Beijing, Le French May Arts Festival, Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival and Hong Kong Week in Taipei. His musical works have been already performed and broadcast in various countries and cities such as Hong Kong, Macau, United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Serbia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and China.
Cheng has collaborated with ensembles and orchestras such as London University Symphony Orchestra, Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra, Hong Kong Strings, Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Lontano (UK), King’s Harmonica Quintet, Romer String Quartet and Cong Quartet. Cheng is currently the Administrative Secretary of Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, the co-founder of Hong Kong Multimedia Design Association, the songwriter of Kobalt Music Publishing and the artistic director of NEXUS ensemble.