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Hearing Impaired Student Captures International Performance Award

Yew Choong Cheong, a West Virginia University student who plays and studies classical piano despite a loss of hearing, recently won the 2007 International Young Soloists//Award given by VSA arts.

The international, nonprofit organization was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

As one of four award recipients from around the world to receive this honor, Cheong will play at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on March 21. He will also receive a $5,000 scholarship to assist with his career and studies in music.

Cheong, who is pursuing a doctorate in musical arts in the WVU Division of Music in the College of Creative Arts, studies under the tutelage of Professor Peter Amstutz. He considers the selection -- the first for a WVU student -- a great honor.

“This award is by far the biggest achievement I’ve ever had in my life,” Cheong said. “Receiving this recognition certainly motivates me to keep doing the one thing I love the most, playing piano. I really wish to dedicate this award to everyone with disabilities. Nothing is impossible if they have the necessary passion and perseverance in pursuing their goals.”

Cheong is also a graduate assistant and teaches applied piano to others while assisting with tuning and maintaining the University’s piano inventory. At the Kennedy Center, Cheong will perform “Piano Variations” by Aaron Copland and Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.”

“It’s a joy to see Yew Choong do so well,” Professor Amstutz said. “This is quite an accomplishment, and it’s especially amazing with his specific circumstances and the challenges he’s overcome. He’s a brilliant student -- both academically and at the piano, and I’m very happy for him.”

Cheong has a form of nerve deafness. He can read lips and carry on a spirited c onversation, but his hearing impairment is so severe that he cannot use a telephone. He rents a room from Ed Keller, a professor emeritus in the University’s Department of Biology.

“The magnitude of Yew Choong winning this award is incredible,” said Keller, who is well known for his life-long work to obtain funding and support for students with disabilities.

Cheong was born in 1978 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He started playing piano at the age of six at the urging of his mother. When he was about eight years old, a viral infection damaged his left ear. Ever since, he has worn hearing aids.

Despite his severe hearing loss, Cheong continued to study piano, working with P’ng Tean Hwa, a professor at University College Sedaya International. P’ng also earned his doctorate of musical arts degree at WVU as a student of Amstutz.

Although he admits initially disliking piano lessons as a child, Cheong remembers a special day when he was about 14 when he listened to Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Bagatelle in E-flat.

“I suddenly fell in love with the music for the first time,” Cheong said of that day. “Since then, I became very curious and obsessed with classical music.”

Beethoven, who also suffered from hearing loss, is Cheong’s favorite composer.

“I always feel a sense of kinship with Beethoven,” Cheong said. “I admire his perseverance in doing what he really wanted. His music is not always about struggle, but it often speaks about a strong will to overcome any circumstance. Yet there is an inexplicable calmness and depth in his music. I always feel Beethoven telling me himself, ‘Accept your flaw. Know who you are.’ ”

In 2001 Cheong was awarded a full scholarship to WVU, followed by graduate assistantships, to continue his musical studies. Playing piano doesn’t come easy, says Cheong, who in recent years has experienced bouts of sudden hearing loss in both ears. He admits he has diffic ulty recognizing pitches of high frequency.

“I’m still able to hear physically with the help of hearing aids, and play whatever I feel, right from my heart,” he said.

Cheong said understanding speech is more difficult for him than listening to instrumental music because of different intonations among people. He uses computer software to assist him in tuning pianos.

“I’ll try to hear the ‘vibration’ of the pitch,” he said. “If the piano sounds ‘calm,’ then it’s in tune. That’s how work with tuning.”

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