Portrait by Maxwell Tiedemann
Portrait by Maxwell Tiedemann
"Whoever says Hilda Huang must also say Bach"
Pianist Hilda Huang exudes an "alluring extroversion" (New York Concert Review) and achieves philosophical depths" (West-Allgemeine Zeitung) in her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach, and more recently, L.v. Beethoven. By the age of 18 she earned the singular distinction of being awarded the first and highest prizes at all of the world's most significant Bach competitions. Her playing brims with kaleidoscopic and crystalline vitality, directed by a “mind that can multi-task and ears that can... ‘multi-listen’” (San Francisco Examiner).
In 2019 and 2020, Hilda Huang presents Bach's Clavier-Übung 2, comprising the Italian Concerto BWV 971 and the French Overture BWV 831, at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She will soon record these pieces for Orpheus Classical. Her work on the music of J.S. Bach is featured on Michael Lawrence's documentary film, Bach and Friends, as well as Discovery Channel's Curiosity.com. In her debut recording, Hilda Huang performs the Bach f minor concerto with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for TELARC international (From the Top at the Pops, 2008).
In the coming seasons, Hilda Huang also presents Beethoven's Diabelli Variations in celebration of his 250th anniversary in Berlin, Leipzig, London, New York, and San Francisco. She plays "as if purely, ...transforming the jagged work of the changing variations to a grand whole" (West-Allgemeine Zeitung). Following her participation as the sole American pianist in the 2019 Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven masterclasses in Positano, she will present Beethoven's 4th piano concerto with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in their 2020-2021 New Years' Concerts.
Hilda Huang presents diverse annual recitals under the auspices of Thürmer Pianos at venues in Germany, San Francisco Noontime Recitals at Old St. Mary's Church, and the Whitney Center in New Haven, CT. She has played recitals at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, at BASF Ludwigshafen, and both the Leipzig and Montréal Bach Festivals as part of the Steinway Prizewinners' Concert Network, and appears regularly as a chamber musician, having made appearances at Chamber Music Northwest, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Hilda Huang studies with Melvin Chen at the Yale School of Music, where she pursues a Masters of Music, serves on the student advisory board, and received the Harriet Gibbs Fox Memorial Prize for achieving the highest GPA in the first year of study. Previously, she was a long-time student of pianist John McCarthy and harpsichordist Corey Jamason in the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has received additional instruction in performance, musicianship and conducting from Michael Friedmann, Wu Han, Arthur Haas, Robert Levin, András Schiff, David Shifrin, and Benjamin Simon.
Huang graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 2017, receiving a B.S. in chemistry with distinction and the Wrexham and Sharp prizes from the department of music. She is a 2013 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a Gold Award recipient from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ YoungArts Week, and a 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She thanks the Kingsley Trust Association for their ongoing support. (November 2019)