FELICIA CHENG

AGE 39  I  GÖTTINGEN, GERMANY  I  TAIWAN / GERMANY
POSTDOCTORAL NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCHER

Felicia Cheng’s dedication to neuroscience research and the piano aligned in a very real way during her Ph.D. work at the Center for Systems Neuroscience Hannover: her thesis focused on the sensorimotor integration of playing the piano—a study she did in collaboration with the city’s famed Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien. The pentalingual Taipai native is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the German Primate Center in Göttingen. She’s also honing the musicianship she began early in life, having become active in festivals for amateur pianists, particularly across Europe, and placing in a number of competitions. Felicia sees the Cliburn Amateur as “arguably the most important amateur piano competition in the world,” relishing it as an opportunity to share her piano love with others like her—and a way to extend that kind of experience to the United States.