About Paul Huang
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Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, The New York Times says Paul Huang plays "with a coppery, wiry bite, and ample vinegar laced his honeyed tone. This gave his sound focus and cut away at the sentimentality, even in the most poignant lyrical passages" The Washington Post wrote of his Kennedy Center debut: "Taiwanese American violinist Paul Huang made an impressive debut, sailing through a substantial and varied program, and eliciting several standing ovations. Sparkling clean, airy tone, and pinpoint intonation, Huang is definitely an artist with the goods for a significant career."
His recent and forthcoming engagements include his recital debut at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland; and solo appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra (St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival); Berliner Symphoniker; Detroit Symphony; Houston Symphony; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Seoul Philharmonic; Taipei Symphony (both in Taipei and on a U.S. tour); and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. This season, he will make his Chicago orchestral debut at the Grant Park Music Festival, as well as appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and with the Baltimore, Alabama, Pacific, Santa Barbara, Charlotte, and Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestras.
During the 2018-19 season, he will debut at the Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, as well as previous debuts at Wigmore Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the Louvre in Paris. In addition, he continues his association with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and returns to Camerata Pacifica as its principal artist.
Huang's recent recital engagements included Lincoln Center's "Great Performers" series and return engagement at the Kennedy Center where he premiered Conrad Tao's "Threads of Contact" for Violin and Piano. He also stepped in for Midori with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony to critical acclaim.
His first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, is a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces released on the CHIMEI label. In association with Camerata Pacifica, he recorded "Four Songs of Solitude" for solo violin on their album of John Harbison works, released on the Harmonia Mundi label in 2014.
Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Other honors include First Prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais (Tibor Varga) in Switzerland, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwan’s Most Promising Young Artists, the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the 2014 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began violin lessons at the age of seven. He is a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He plays on the 1742 ex-Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesù, on loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
About Helen Huang
Taiwanese-American Helen Huang is a pianist known for immaculate technique and eloquent sensitivity throughout a multi-faceted career as a soloist and chamber musician.
Huang was discovered by conductor Kurt Masur upon winning the Young People’s Competition, which resulted in engagements with the New York Philharmonic and a recording contract with the Teldec record label. She has played with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the London Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, Huang has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and Ravinia’s Steans Institute For Young Artists.
Huang’s recordings on the Teldec label include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 488 and K.467, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. She also recorded an album titled For Children, with works inspired by the theme of children. She collaborated with violinist Cho-Liang Lin on an album of music by Georg Tintner released on the Naxos label as well as a recording of music by Zhou Long with Cho-Liang Lin and Hai-Ye Ni, released on the Delos label.
Born in Japan of Taiwanese parents, she moved to the U.S. with her family in 1985 and began piano lessons two years later. Within a year, she had won her first competition and several other victories soon followed. In 1994, she received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award for promising young artists and in 1995 became one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Huang received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize upon graduating from Juilliard in 2004, where she was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. She went on to obtain a Master’s degree from Yale. Huang has been on the Juilliard Pre-College faculty since 2010.