|Brian Chung is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Kawai America Corporation. He is 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), co-chair of the MTNA Foundation Fund Development Committee, a 2004 MTNA Foundation Fellow, recipient of the 2010 MTNA Distinguished Service Award and a 2015 MTNA Endowment Fellow. He is also co-author of Improvisation at the Piano (with Dennis Thurmond, Alfred Music 2007) and the Recreational Music Making Handbook (with Brenda Dillon, Alfred 2009) -- and author of Expressions of Faith: Eight Inventive Explorations of Classic Hymns (Alfred 2008) and Expressions of Christmas (Alfred 2011).
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 for 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 27 years.
He and his wife, Jo Anne, reside in southern California and have three grown sons.
With a diverse career that includes experience as a performer, arranger, teacher, author, conference speaker and music industry executive, Mr. Chung is devoted to the cause of advancing music participation across America.