Originally performed on May 7, 2019
J. S. Bach: French Overture, BWV 831
W. A. Mozart: Sonata in G Major, K. 283
“Whoever says Hilda Huang must also say Bach” (Leipzig Bach Archive).
Hilda Huang began her performing career after receiving first prize at the Leipzig Bach Competition at 18 years of age. Her debut recital was presented as part of the Steinway and Sons Prizewinners’ Concert Network at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in cooperation with the Leipzig Bach Archive and was broadcast live over the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR Leipzig). Concurrent with recitals at the Montréal Bach Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, and on the BASF Young Pianists Series in Ludwigshafen on the same series, she completed her studies at Yale College Magna cum Laude, before resuming her performing career.
“Bach remains an adventure for Hilda Huang” (West-Allgemeine Zeitung).
At an early age, her relationship to Bach’s music was featured in the documentary film, Bach and Friends, and was later developed in a research internship at the Leipzig Bach Archive funded by the Goethe Institute Boston. Hilda Huang has presented the Clavier-Übung 2 at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, broadcast live on WFMT Chicago, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals Series in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Goethe-Theater Bad Lauchstädt in 2019-2020. Since her concerto debut on modern piano with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, recorded for From the Top at the Pops (TELARC, 2008) and on harpsichord with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque, she has performed Bach and other baroque concerti as a soloist and continuo keyboardist at Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Her playing glimmers with “alluring extroversion” (New York Concert Review) and plumbs “philosophical depths” (West-Allgemeine Zeitung).
In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, Hilda Huang is scheduled to present Beethoven projects across Europe and the United States. Following her participation as the only American pianist in the 2019 Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Masterclasses in Italy, Hilda Huang was invited to contribute to Carnegie Hall’s Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle and to work in masterclass with Kristian Bezuidenhout in Carnegie Hall’s Beethoven Discovery Week. She will appear in the Beethoven-Frühling Sonata Marathon at the Bosendorfer Salon of the Vienna Musikverein, which will be broadcast at the 2020 Vienna City Marathon, and headline the AGEART/Beethoven celebration at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne. Hilda Huang culminates her season with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in their 2020-2021 New Year’s Concerts and in return recital appearances at San Francisco Noontime Concerts.
“She has a mind that can multi-task and ears that can “multi-listen’” (San Francisco Examiner).
Hilda Huang received both the Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the Yale School of Music as a student of Melvin Chen. During this time, she represented the Yale School of Music at the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project and as part of Yale in New York at Carnegie Hall, and studied as a Steans Institute Fellow at the Ravinia Festival. In the fall of 2020, she will begin her studies as a Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School as a student of Hung-Kuan Chen. She has received further instruction on modern piano from Richard Goode, Angela Hewitt, Robert Levin, John McCarthy, Anton Nel, András Schiff, and David Shifrin, and studies harpsichord, continuo, and fortepiano with Corey Jamason, Peter Sykes, Arthur Haas, Robert Mealy, and Malcolm Bilson. She was a 2013 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Hilda Huang is supported by the Kingsley Trust Association.