Special Guest Michael Tsang, PhD in Physical Therapy AND PYSO Alumni (2007 to 2011/Piano) discusses with Earl Lee the most common injuries among musicians and how to recognize the warning signs and prevention of serious injuries.
Michael King- Hon Tsang, PT, DPT, MM graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2016 with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Paul Schenly, Kathryn Brown, and Daniel Shapiro. Michael also graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2016 earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. He went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in 2019. Currently, he is obtaining his board certification in orthopedics at UPMC Rooney/Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center. Michael is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy for their musculoskeletal curriculum.
Michael began his piano and violin studies in Pittsburgh with Marina Schmidt Lupinacci and Jia Yu Wuan, respectively. His passion for music developed with numerous performances and competitions since age 5. He was a pianist for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2011. In 2011, Michael appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for its outreach education programs. He also performed as a soloist with the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ithaca College Symphony. In 2014, Michael was a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Competition. In the same year, he was the recipient of the Presser Scholar Award and the William Kurzban Prize for piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Michael became interested in the performing arts and musicians’ injuries after witnessing many colleagues and faculty struggle with performance injuries. Over the course of his PT career, Michael has created music medicine initiatives and injury management/prevention seminars for both healthcare professionals and musicians. Michael’s ultimate goal is spreading awareness of playing-related injuries, managing and preventing these injuries through optimizing performance, and helping performing artists return to their passion of sharing music without physical limitations.