Huang was born in Japan, of Taiwanese parents, in 1982. Her family moved to the United States in 1985 and Huang began her piano study in 1987. She attended the Manhattan School of Music, and then the Juilliard School, where she studied with the Israeli pianist Yoheved Kaplinsky, graduating in 2004.
Huang made her debut with a major symphony orchestra at age 8, when she performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She went on to perform in December 1992 with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Masur, with whom she has continued to maintain a close association.
Huang has performed with several major orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. She has toured with the New York Philharmonic (in 1998 and again in 1999), the Pittsburgh Symphony (1998–99) and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Huang is the recipient of numerous awards including the Manhattan School of Music concerto competition (1992); the Martin E. Segal Award (1994); and the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1995).
- Introducing Helen Huang (1995)
- Helen Huang: For Children (1996)
- Villa-Lobos, A Prole do bebê (8), suite for piano, Book 1 ("A família do bebê"), A. 140
- Debussy, Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113
- Mozart, Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman", for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e)
- Mendelssohn, Songs without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4
- Schumann, Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15
- Liszt, Gnomenreigen, for piano (Zwei Konzertetüden No. 2), S. 145/2 (LW A218/2)
- Helen Huang (1998)
- Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467
- Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
- Mendelssohn, Capriccio brillant for piano and orchestra in B minor, Op. 22
- Tintner, Sonata for violin & piano
- Tintner, Variations on a Theme of Chopin, for piano
- Tintner, Sehnsucht (Longing), prelude for piano
- Tintner, Auf den Tod eines Freundes (On the death of a Friend), for piano
- Tintner, Piano Sonata in F minor
- Tintner, Fugue for piano in G major (Allegro)
- Tintner, Fugue for piano in C minor (Bewegt)
- Tintner, Trauermusik (Musica Tragica), for piano
- Fred Crafts (March 14, 2004). "To be young and fearless". The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon).
- "Helen Huang: Biography". Bolero Artists Management. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
- Helen Huang biography at Chamber Music International
- "Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipients". Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 2010-06-15.