Winner of the coveted 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chinese-born pianist Chu-Fang Huang performs as soloist with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony; and gives recitals at the International Piano Series in Charleston and the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington.
Ms. Huang burst into the music scene as a brilliant finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition and as First Prize Winner of the Cleveland Piano Competition that same year. In 2006, Ms. Huang won a place on the Young Concert Artists roster, where she now holds the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair. Her recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and Kennedy Center debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, garnered rave reviews in the press. Her breathtaking recording of Scarlatti sonatas is available on the Naxos label.
Ms. Huang’s career has already circled the globe. She has performed in Canada with the Victoria Symphony, in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, in China with the Shenzhen and Liaoning Philharmonic Orchestras, at the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany, the Mustafa Kemal Center in Istanbul, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Ms. Huang has also been heard in recital in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and at the Morgan Library and Museum, in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at venues in Chicago, Philadelphia, Fort Worth, and Palm Beach among others. As concerto soloist she has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center in New York, and with the Symphony Orchestras of Detroit, Pasadena, Des Moines, Lafayette, Fairfax, Rockford, and Anchorage, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. She has appeared at the Bard Festival and the Honest Brook Festival in New York.
As a chamber music artist, she has toured in Connecticut, South Carolina and Georgia with Charles Wadsworth and Friends, and appeared in the Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China in 2010 and 2011.
Ms. Huang began piano lessons at the age of seven and entered the Shenyang Music Conservatory at the age of 12. She made her U.S. debut at the age of 15 in the La Jolla Music Society’s Prodigy Series. Ms. Huang earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank, and her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where she worked with Robert McDonald. Ms. Huang is the Artistic Director of the Ameri-China International Music Association which she founded to provide opportunities for young Chinese pianists to study in the United States.
She is a Steinway Artist and resides in New York City.