Internationally renowned artist Dr. Pius Cheung joined the School of Music and Dance as chair of the percussion area in Fall 2011.
Cheung's brilliantly played album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations elicited a feature story in The New York Times which praised not only his technical feat of performing the intricacies of this keyboard work on the marimba, but also his “deeply expressive interpretation, notable for its clear voicing, eloquent phrasing and wide range of color and dynamics.” The album has been heard in the U. S. on National Public Radio and in Canada on CBC Radio. His second album, entitled Symphonic Poem, is comprised entirely of his own compositions and was released at PASIC in November 2009.
Since his U.S. concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003, Cheung has toured extensively as a concerto and recital soloist around the world. Highlights of his recent performances include concerts at the Usedomer Music Festival in Germany, Hong Kong Arts Festival, 8th International Marimba Festival in Mexico, Percussive Arts Society International Convention 2009, Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center and Zankel Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In addition to concert performances, Cheung has presented master classes in some of the world's finest music institutions, including the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Conservatoire de Paris, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Boston Conservatory, as well as at the Universities of Michigan, South Florida, Central Florida, Illinois, and Boston.
Cheung is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Innovative Percussion Artist.