Brian Chung is a former senior vice president of Kawai America Corporation where he served for over 31 years. He was also a two-term president of the Piano Manufacturers Association International, a past member of the Board of Directors for NAMM (the International Music Products Association), a former chair of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Foundation Fund Development Committee (1999-2019), a 2004 MTNA Foundation Fellow, a 2015 MTNA Endowment Fellow, recipient of the 2010 MTNA Distinguished Service Award, recipient of the 2019 MTNA Citation for Leadership, chair of the 2022 MTNA National Conference Planning Committee, and recipient of a 2022 composer's grant from the MTNA Collaborative Music Commissioning Project. A frequent conference speaker, he is also co-author of Improvisation at the Piano (with Dennis Thurmond), co-author of Recreational Music Making Handbook (with Brenda Dillon), and author of Expressions of Faith: Eight Inventive Explorations of Classic Hymns and Expressions of Christmas -- all published by Alfred Music.
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 school's top jazz band, he spent summers as a pianist and musical director at Walt Disney World. After college, he traveled to London to study piano, conducting and improvisation 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 for the Arts.
After 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 served in senior management from 1988 until his retirement in 2020. With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, composer, arranger, teacher, author, speaker and music industry executive, Mr. Chung is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.