Cheong Yew Choong studied piano with Dr. P’ng Tean Hwa at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees from West Virginia University (WVU), under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Amstutz. He was awarded graduate assistantships from WVU, teaching applied piano, tuning pianos, and maintaining the piano inventory at the Music Department of WVU.
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), one of the selected soloists in WVU’s annual Young Artists Auditions (2003), playing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the WVU Symphony Orchestra, and the prestigious Valerie Canady Scholarship Award from WVU (2007). In addition, Cheong won the VSA Arts’s International Young Soloists Award and performed at the 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 recitals at the National Institutes of Health (the NIDCD 20th Anniversary Symposium), the WVU President’s Home, Le Beau Dussek Piano Society (Indonesia), and Goethe Institute (Bangkok). 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, Jun Kanno, Irina Morozova, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, Victor Rosenbaum, Mordecai Shehori, and Mikola Suk. He is also privileged to have one-on-one sessions with Dr. James Miltenberger, Martin Jones, Christopher Taylor, and Tamas Ungar.
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 recent rendition of Miguel del Aguila’s Conga was praised by the composers as “effective and excellent.” Yew Choong is currently the Head of Program for Postgraduate Studies at the Institute of Music.