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Hilda Huang (Piano)

Born: 1996 - Palo Alto, California, USA

The American pianist, Hilda Huang, studied at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California. At age 14, she is now a piano student of John McCarthy and studies harpsichord with Corey Jamason in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has also received coaching from Gary Graffman, Wu Han and Gilbert Kalish, and participated in master-classes with David Finkel, Barbara Nissman, and Stephen Swedish. Hilda has also been a student in the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute in California during the past four summers (one of only four pianists in the world selected to attend Music@Menlo). She will be a sophomore in Palo Alto High School in fall.

In March 2010, Hilda Huang was awarded the top prize in the 7th International J.S. Bach Competition in Würzburg, Germany. She became the first American and the youngest prize winner in 20 years’ history of the competition. Past May, Hilda performed in Symphony Space in New York as part of the world premiere of Michael Lawrence’s documentary film ‘Bach & friends’. She was the youngest musician featured in the documentary along with Joshua Bell, Hillary Hahn, the Emerson String Quartet, Bach scholar Christoph Wolff and composer Philip Glass. The following month, she was invited to conduct the professional San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in a family concert. In the upcoming season, she has been invited to conduct the San Francisco Bach Choir along with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and will be the youngest person to have conducted these ensembles.

As first prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono international Piano competition in 2007, Hilda Huang has performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall the past two seasons. She has also appeared as soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival in California in 2004, and performed in the Young Artists Concert of the Steinway Society of the Bay Area in 2008. In 2008, she also performed on both the nationally broadcast TV show, 'From The Top at from Carnegie Hall' and 'From The Top' on NPR radio.

Hilda Huang was named a 2008 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and received her award at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. In October 2008, she made her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel and this also marked her international recording debut with Telarc.

This past year (2010), Hilda was interviewed by Big Think - a global forum connecting people and ideas (see link below). Midori Goto and Alan Gilbert were both recently interviewed also.

Hilda Huang has performed in senior centers and retirement homes in the community and benefit concerts for local chapters of San Francisco Symphony League. In addition to her musical pursuits, she is interested in chemistry, physics and technology. She also plays harpsichord and enjoys riding her bicycle, playing sports, swimming, watching "Pet Star" and cooking.


• 2008 Davidson Fellow
• 2008 Young Artists Certificate, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Division
• 2008 Performed in “From the Top, Live from Carnegie Hall” TV series nationally broadcast on PBS
• 2008 Performed in Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition Winners’ Concert in Carnegie Hall as First Prize Winner
• 2008 Performed in the All Chopin Gala Concert presented by the San Francisco Chopin Foundation
• 2008 Performed on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show
• 2008 Music Teachers Association of California, First Prize
• 2008 Performed in the Young Artists Concert presented by the Steinway Society of the Bay Area
• 2007 Performed in Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition Winners’ Concert in Carnegie Hall as First Prize Winner
• 2007 Performed in the Music@Menlo Young Performers Concerts
• 2007 Youngest pianist accepted to the International Institute for Young Musicians held at the University of Kansas
• 2006 Performed in Music@Menlo Young Performers Concerts - the youngest pianist selected from an international talent pool
• 2006 San Francisco Chopin Young Pianists Competition, First Prize
• 2004 Youngest Solo Performer at the Carmel Bach Festival
• 2004 Recorded J.S. Bach Two-part Inventions (complete)

Source: PBS Website (2008); The Davidson Institute for Talent Development Website (2008); Jennifer Yiu (July-August 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2009); Jennifer Yiu (July-August 2010)

Hilda Huang: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

PBS From the Top: Hilda Huang
Hilda Huang (Davidson Institute for Talent Development) [PDF]

Hilda Huang Loves Bach (Freom the Top Green Room) [Aug 2009]
On the Day of the Year of Gleen Gould (Glenn Gould Foundation) [Nov 2008]
Interview with Pianist Hilda Huang (Big Think) [Jun 2010]

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