Wellness in Music
Strauss Center for Performing Arts, University of Nebraska at Omaha
October 15-18, 2009
Brian Chung is a pianist who serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Kawai America Corporation. He is president of the Piano Manufacturers Association International, a former Chair of the Board of Trustees for MTNA Foundation, a 2004 MTNA Foundation Fellow, a past member of the Board of Directors for NAMM (the International Music Products Association), co-author of Improvisation at the Piano (Alfred Publishing 2007) and author of Expressions of Faith: Eight Inventive Explorations of Classic Hymns (Alfred Publishing 2008).
Mr. Chung has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, where he combined his musical and business interests. In addition to performing in the top jazz band at Michigan, he spent summers as a pianist and musical director at Walt Disney World. After college, he traveled to London, England to study piano and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Upon his return to the States, he was privileged to pursue jazz studies as the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
After several years as a professional musician and independent piano teacher, he continued his business education by completing a Master of Management Degree at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. His business pursuits eventually led him to Kawai America Corporation, where he has spent the past twenty years.
With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, teacher, author, conference speaker and music industry executive, Mr. Chung is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.