Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is already recognized for his intensely expressive music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity. Following his Kennedy Center debut, The Washington Post proclaimed: “Huang is definitely an artist with the goods for a significant career.”
His recent and upcoming engagements include debuts with the Houston, Pacific, Omaha Symphonies, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana and Seoul Philharmonics, as well as return engagements with the Detroit, Alabama, Bilbao Symphonies, and National Symphonies of Mexico and Taiwan. He also appears at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg at the invitation of Valery Gergiev, and returns to the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Caramoor Festival’s Rising Stars series, and Camerata Pacifica as their Principal Artist.
In 2014-15 season, Mr. Huang stepped in for Midori to appear with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin performing the Siblieus concerto to critically acclaimed. He also appeared with the Alabama Symphony on short notice to perform the Walton concerto. Other season highlights included his concerto debut performing the Barber Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, as well as his sold-out solo recital debut on Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers” Series.
Mr. Huang’s recent recital appearances include performances for Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, University of Georgia Performing Arts, University of Florida Performing Arts, the Strathmore Center, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, the Louvre in Paris, Seoul Arts Center, and National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
His first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, is a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces slated for a summer release 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. The album was released on Harmonia Mundi in fall 2014.
An acclaimed chamber musician, Mr. Huang appears as a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program for 2015–2018. A frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide, he has performed at the CHANEL Music Festival in Tokyo, Music@Menlo, La Jolla, the Moritzburg and Kissinger Festivals in Germany, the Sion Music Festival in Switzerland, the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. He has collaborated with notable artists including Shlomo Mintz, Gil Shaham, Nobuko Imai, Maxim Rysanov, Roberto Diaz, Misha Maisky, Frans Helmerson, and Marc-Andre Hamelin.
Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in New York at Merkin Concert Hall and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Other honors include First Prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais 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 2014 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began violin lessons at the age of seven. He is a recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his 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. Mr. Huang’s website is www.paulhuangviolin.com.
[Surname Pronounced: Hwong]
* Photo by Marco Borggreve