Frank Huang

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Frank Xin Huang (born September 5, 1978) is a Chinese-born American violinist and teacher. He has won several international music competitions, most notably the 2003 Naumburg Competition. Huang has concertized widely as a soloist, and his debut recording has been critically acclaimed. In 2009 he was appointed the first violinist of the Ying Quartet and a professor of violin and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music.[1] In 2010 Huang left the Eastman School and the Ying Quartet in order to assume his present position of concertmaster of the Houston Symphony.

Early life and musical training[edit]

Frank Huang was born in Beijing and moved to the United States with his family when he was 7. As a child in the Houston suburb of Sharpstown, Texas, he began violin lessons with his mother, then commenced study with Fredell Lack in Houston. He first soloed with orchestra at 9. At 10 he received eight curtain calls for his solo performance of Wieniawski's Scherzo Tarantelle with the Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia Orchestra. At 11 Huang was a soloist with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast performance. At 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein; he continued studies with Weilerstein in college and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from CIM in 2002. Subsequently he attended the Juilliard School in New York City, studying violin with Robert Mann.


As a winner of several international music competitions (see "Awards and distinctions" below), Frank Huang is much in demand as a soloist, both in recital and with orchestra, and as a chamber musician. Huang performed his New York debut recital at Alice Tully Hall in 2004 to high acclaim (see "Reviews and commentary," below). He has performed as a soloist with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Genoa Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the NDR-Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hanover, and others. Huang has appeared on American Morning (CNN), Good Morning America (ABC), and Performance Today (National Public Radio). He has performed at many of the most prestigious music festivals in the U.S., including the Caramoor Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, and Ravinia, and has participated in The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS II program.

Awards and distinctions[edit]

Reviews and commentary[edit]

  • "Huang made everything he played seem easy. . . . In the end, what impressed most was Huang’s total grasp of each musical idiom he addressed and his ability to communicate such a variety of styles with force and immediacy. A debut recital of this quality used to be an automatic passport to a major career." —"Sweet Sounds" by Peter J. Davis in New York magazine, 2 February 2004
  • "One had a right to expect technical competence. . . . But Huang had much more than that on offer. He is a sensational musician. . . . a musician of elegance and impeccable taste. . . . There were simply no flaws." —"Fine Fiddling" by Heuwell Tircuit at (San Francisco Classical Voice), 1 December 2003
  • "[An] important artist." —San Francisco Chronicle


Violin Recital. With Dina Vainstein, piano. "Fantasies" by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Franz Waxman. Naxos Records 8.557121 (recorded 2002; released 2003).


  1. ^ Reguero, Anna. Huang: the Ying Quartet’s Newest Member. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 27 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27.