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Music Faculty : Cheong Yew Choong
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Cheong Yew Choong received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees from West Virginia University (USA). He was awarded graduate assistantships from WVU, teaching applied piano, tuning and regulating pianos at the Music Department of WVU. His teachers have included Dr. Peter Amstutz and Dr. P’ng Tean Hwa.
Despite severely-impaired hearing, Yew Choong has garnered numerous prizes: The Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Piano Competition in the State of West Virginia (2002), and WVU’s Annual Young Artists Auditions (2003). In 2007, he was one of the winners of the VSA Arts’s International Young Soloists Award and performed at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D. C. He was then featured in several publications and television broadcast in the United States and Malaysia.
Among the highlights of solo performances are appearances at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C., Thailand’s First Mozart Piano Competition and Festival in Bangkok, the Asia International Piano Festival by People with Disabilities 2011 in Osaka, Japan and the KL Gala Concert 2013. Yew Choong has also conducted master classes in Indonesia and Thailand. His upcoming solo performance includes an appearance at the 3rd International Piano Festival by People with Disabilities in Vienna, Austria.
Yew Choong has participated in the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College of Music in New York City (2004) and the Forum Internacional de Musica Barcelona Ciutat in Barcelona (2005), working with Luiz de Moura Castro, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, Victor Rosenbaum, and Mordecai Shehori. He is also privileged to have one-on-one sessions with Dr. James Miltenberger, Martin Jones, Christopher Taylor, and Dr. Tamás Ungár.
Yew Choong’s doctoral thesis An Introduction to the Solo Piano Works of Three Latin American Composers: Miguel del Aguila, Tania Leon, Juan Maria Solare has received favorable reviews from the composers. His rendition of Miguel del Aguila’s Conga was praised by the composers as “effective and excellent.”
Yew Choong is currently a full-time music lecturer at UCSI University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate piano majors, and courses on piano literature, music history and theory, as well as advising undergraduate and graduate research projects.
Cheong Yew Choong