Assistant Professor Dr. Cheong Yew Choong

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications

DMA (Piano)
MMus (Piano)
BMus (Piano)
Dip. (Music)
Dip. & Higher Dip. (Software Engr)
ATCL (Piano)

Areas of Interest
Piano Performance
Performance Practice
Piano Literature
Historical Musicology

Cheong Yew Choong holds his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees from West Virginia University (USA) under full scholarship and graduate assistantship. His teachers include Prof. Dr. Peter Amstutz and Prof. Dr. Tean Hwa P’ng. Despite hearing impairment, Yew Choong is a prizewinner of several competitions: Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Piano Competition in the State of West Virginia (2002), WVU’s Annual Young Artists Auditions (2003) and the VSA Arts’s International Young Soloists Award (2007). He has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Malaysia, Austria, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and the United States. 

As an educator, Yew Choong has presented lecture-recitals and papers at the international conferences in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Switzerland, and Malaysia. He has been invited to serve as research review committee for Mahidol University College of Music in Thailand. Yew Choong has also adjudicated international piano competitions and conducted master classes and workshops. 

Yew Choong is currently Assistant Professor at UCSI University Institute of Music in Kuala Lumpur. He teaches applied piano, music theory and analysis, performance practice and piano literature. He also serves as a research supervisor for both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.


Research / Conference Publications, Presentations, Performances
/ Recordings

Cheong, Yew Choong. (2019). Decoding Idiosyncratic Hairpins: Dynamic Changes or “Notated” Rubato?. Mahidol Music Journal, 2(1), 4–20. Retrieved from

Networks / Industry Linkages / Memberships

Elected Special Officer, Malaysia Piano Teachers Association (MPTA)
Member, World Piano Teachers Association (WPTA)
Member, The Society for Music Theory (SMA)
Lifetime Member, Malaysian Association for Music Education (MAME Baru)