Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series proudly presents violinist Frank Huang. In addition to winning Naumburg and Hannover International Violin Competitions, Frank Huang occupies arguably the most enviable position in classical music today: concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He will join artistic director Tao Lin in a program featuring masterworks for violin and piano.
Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR’s Performance Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang’s first commercial recording — featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman — was released on Naxos in 2003. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in June 2016 leading and performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as well as leading Grieg’s The Last Spring. In October–November 2016 he performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, led by Pablo Heras-Casado.
Mr. Huang has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D’Angelo International Competition.
In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.
Frank Huang was born in Beijing, China. At the age of seven he moved to Houston, Texas, where he began violin lessons with his mother. He commenced study with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston and at 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. He continued studies with Weilerstein in college and earned his bachelor of music degree from CIM in 2002. He subsequently attended The Juilliard School in New York City, studying violin with Robert Mann. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and serves on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, also a New York Philharmonic Global Academy partner, and the University of Houston.
Described by critics as possessing “Keen musical intelligence and excellent facility” (Miami Herald) as well as “opulent and romantic tone” (Fanfare), Steinway Artist Tao Lin performs in Asia, North America, and Europe with orchestras such as Moscow Chamber, Winnipeg Symphony, Miami Chamber, Atlantic Classical, and Knoxville Civic at venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, 92nd Street Y, Rockefeller University, Chautauqua Institute, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Izumi Hall, and Edvard Grieg Museum in Norway. Mr. Lin has concertized as a member of the Berlin Piano Quartet and the Brahms Piano Quartet, and appeared in concerts with Aspen Trio, Miami, Bergonzi, Alcon, Rosalyra, Shanghai, Ying, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, as well as with distinguished musicians including Elmar Oliveira, Carol Wincenc, Roberto Diaz, William De Rosa, Charles Castleman, Eugenia Zukerman, and Claudio Bohorquez at festivals including Mainly Mozart, Music Mountain Chamber Music, Arts Rolla, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music, Music Festival of the Hamptons, and Festival Miami.
Currently serves on faculty of Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine and Shanghai Normal University, Mr. Lin is a co-founder/artistic director of Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples. Mr. Lin records for Centaur, Artek, Naxos, and Romeo labels. www.taolinpianist.com