Hailed by The Washington Post as “an artist with the goods for a significant career” and praised by The Strad for his “stylish and polished playing,” 22-year-old Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is already recognized for his eloquent music making, effortless virtuosity, and compelling stage presence. Mr. Huang’s 2013-2014 season includes his Lincoln Center concerto debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Carlos Miguel Prieto, his Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a chamber music performance at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, a California tour with Camerata Pacifica, and an appearance with the Bilbao Symphony in Spain performing both Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Walton’s Violin Concerto. In addition, he will appear in recitals at Jordan Hall in Boston, the Strathmore Center in Bethesda, MD, Merkin Hall in New York City, and is featured in both of the 2014 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing. Next season sees his Lincoln Center recital debut on the Great Performers series and his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic under the baton of Markus Stenz. His first solo CD, a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces, is to be released next fall on the CHIMEI label. He is also featured on Camerata Pacifica’s upcoming album of John Harbison works, playing Four Songs of Solitude for solo violin. The album is to be released on Harmonia Mundi next fall.
His concerto appearances have spanned the globe, in the United States with the Louisville Orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony, in Hungary with the Budapest Dohnányi Symphony, in Mexico City with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, and in Taiwan with the Taipei Symphony and the National Taiwan Symphony. He has given recitals at the Stradivari Museum in Cremona, Italy, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and recipient of YCA’s 2012 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, Mr. Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts last season in the Young Concert Artists Series in the Peter Marino Concert in New York at Merkin 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.
An acclaimed chamber musician, Mr. Huang has performed at the Moritzburg Festival in Germany, the Sion Music Festival in Switzerland, the Mineria Music Festival in Mexico City, the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, and with the Formosa Quartet at Wigmore Hall in London. He has collaborated with notable instrumentalists including Shlomo Mintz, Gil Shaham, Nobuko Imai, Myung-Wha Chung, Roberto Diaz, Jan Vogler, and Frans Helmerson. In spring 2015, he will perform in a duo recital with YCA pianist Louis Schwizgebel at the Morgan Library.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began violin lessons at the age of seven. Since entering the Juilliard Pre-College at fourteen, he has continued studies at the school with Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He received the 2008 Juilliard Achievement Award, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwan’s Most Promising Young Artists, and the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant. He plays the Guarneri del Gesù Cremona, 1742 ex-Wieniawski on loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
[Surname is pronounced: Hwong]
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