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,” Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang makes his Lincoln Center recital debut on the Great Performers series this season, and performs concertos, recitals, chamber music, and educational outreach around the country. As a concerto soloist, he performs the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 at the Brevard Music Festival, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at Crested Butte Music Festival, the Vaughan Williams Violin Concerto in D minor with the Fairfax Symphony, and the Walton Concerto with the Symphony at WKU. He performs recitals at University of Georgia, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Ocean Grove Summer Stars Series, and the Paramount Theatre. He has also been re-engaged to perform with Camerata Pacifica, and gives duo recitals with pianist Louis Schwizgebel at RockefellerUniversity, Tannery Pond Concerts, the MacombCenter of the Performing Arts, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Morgan Library and Museum. Mr. Huang has been selected as a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program for 2015–2018.
His first solo CD, a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces, is slated for a fall release on the CHIMEI label. He also recorded Songs America Loves to Sing and Four Songs of Solitude with Camerata Pacifica for their upcoming album of John Harbison works. The album is to be released on Harmonia Mundi this fall.
Mr. Huang’s concerto appearances have spanned the globe, in the United States with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Hilton Head Symphony; in Spain with the Bilbao 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 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 in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Merkin Hall and in Washington, D.C. at the KennedyCenter. 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 2008 Juilliard Achievement Award, and the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant.
An acclaimed chamber musician, Mr. Huang has performed at the Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing, 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, with Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara and throughout California, 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.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began violin lessons at the age of seven. Since entering the JuilliardPre-College at fourteen, he has continued studies at the school with Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. Paul Huang is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School. 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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