Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2015 and Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists in 2017, violinist Paul Huang is considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. In 2012, in a review of Huang’s recital debut at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Washington Post called him “an artist with the goods for a significant career.” In 2016, following Huang’s recital with pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne at The Phillips Collection, The Washington Post praised him again, noting that he “possesses a big, luscious tone, spot-on intonation and a technique that makes the most punishing string phrases feel as natural as breathing.”
Highlights of Huang’s recent engagements include an acclaimed debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, where he stepped in for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Chamber Orchestra Vienna–Berlin; appearances with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony, and Markus Stenz and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra; and recital debuts at the Lucerne Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. In the fall of 2021, Huang also became the first classical violinist to perform his own arrangement of the national anthem for the opening game of the NFL at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, to an audience of 75,000 people.
During the 2022–23 season, Huang opens the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan’s season, led by conductor Jun Märkl, and embarks on a US tour with the orchestra that includes performances at The Kennedy Center and at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. He also makes debuts with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Chief Conductor Lahav Shani, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Fabio Luisi. Other highlights include engagements with the Buffalo and Fort Wayne philharmonic orchestras and the Colorado, San Diego, and Pensacola symphony orchestras.
Recital and chamber music engagements in 2022–23 include Huang’s return to The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Camerata Pacifica; his recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott; and appearances at Wolf Trap and The Rockefeller University and with the Washington Performing Arts, The Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music San Francisco. In January 2023, Huang launched the first edition of the Paul Huang & Friends International Chamber Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, in association with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.
Huang’s recent recital engagements include Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and a return appearance at The Kennedy Center. He also stepped in for violinist Midori for performances with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim, and he made debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, and the Louvre in Paris.
A frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide, Huang has performed at the Seattle, Music@Menlo, Savannah, Caramoor, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Moritzburg, Kissinger Sommer, Sion, Orford, and PyeongChang chamber music festivals. His collaborators have included violinists Gil Shaham and Cho-Liang Lin; violist Nobuko Imai; cellists Mischa Maisky, Jian Wang, and Lynn Harrell; and pianists Yefim Bronfman, Kirill Gerstein, and Marc-André Hamelin.
As the winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at The Kennedy Center. Additional honors include First Prize at the 2009 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion-Valais in Switzerland, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwan’s Most Promising Young Artists, the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the 2014 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award.
Paul Huang was born in Taiwan and began violin lessons at the age of seven. He’s a recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees under Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee, and he’s on the faculty of Taipei National University of the Arts. Huang plays the legendary 1742 “ex-Wieniawski” Guarneri del Gesù, on extended loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. He resides in New York.