In recognition of her outstanding achievements in music and in the promotion of Art and Culture, Cheng Wai has been awarded Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2009. She is a Steinway artist along with Lang Lang and Yundi Li. Early graduate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She later obtained her master’s degree and artist diploma at Yale University and received her doctoral degree from New York State University at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Ling Yuan, Gabriel Kwok, John Winther, Seymour Lipkin, Claude Frank, Gilbert Kalish. As one of Hong Kong most versatile and renowned pianist, she is active both as soloist and chamber musician, she has also collaborated with distinguished artists such as French artist Augustin Dumay, Florent Héau, Violinist Lu Si-qing, Li Chuan-yun, Jue Yao, Mira Wang Zheng-rong , Cellist Wang Jian and Chu Yi-bing , Singers such as Tenor Wai Song, Soprano Huang Ying, Ke Luwa, Alto Zhang Qiu Lin and Gordon Feng etc.
The conductors with whom she has collaborated include Gustave Meier, Lawrence Smith, Samuel Wong, Yip Wing-sie, Zheng Xiao Ying, Mak Ka-lok, Hu Yong Yan, Yan Hui Chang etc. She is now the chairlady of the Central Conservatory of Music (HK) Foundation, and currently teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has also frequently adjudicated in numerous local and international competitions. She is the founding member of the Metropolitan Trio and JW Piano Duo.