Hao Huang

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Hao Huang
H Huang, pianist.jpg
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationAB in Music
MM in piano
DMA in piano performance
Alma materHarvard University
the Juilliard School
Stony Brook University

Hao Huang (黄俊豪) is an American concert pianist, author and the Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music at Scripps College.

Huang authored or co-authored a number of scholarly articles in general music, popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, American Studies and Humanities. He has performed and lectured in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Beginning at age six with piano lessons from his mother Yi-Yin Huang and later Nellie Douglas, Hao Huang joined the studio of distinguished concert pianist, pedagogue, and composer Seymour Bernstein in New York City at age 10. Awarded the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship at Harvard College, Harvard University, he was referred to study with Leon Fleisher. Graduating with an AB cum laude in music, Huang was selected by audition for the national Frank Huntington Beebe Award for European Study. Upon returning to the States, he studied with Beveridge Webster at the Juilliard School on a piano scholarship, earning an M.M. in piano. Huang finished his academic studies as a Graduate Council Fellow at the Stony Brook University, earning a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance degree under the guidance of Charles Rosen and Gilbert Kalish.

Professional career[edit]

Currently the Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music at Scripps College,[1] Hao Huang has performed in over 30 countries across the globe. As a four-time United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador, he was a featured performer at the George Enescu Festival and the Barcelona Cultural Olympiad.[2] Huang continues to be active internationally as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician with the Mei Duo and the Gold Coast Trio.[3] He has appeared in broadcasts on television and radio in concert and interviews in the USA and abroad and was featured in an Artist/Educator interview on The Piano Education Page.[4]

Huang's article, "The Parable of the Grasshoppers"was honored as American Music Teacher's 1995 Article of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association. His 30+ scholarly articles have been published in refereed journals in Hungary, Russia, UK, Greece, Japan, the PRC and the USA. Huang was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about "The 'Lost' Opera of James P. Johnson and Langston Hughes".[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

Winner of the USIA David Bruce Smith National Competition, the Overman Foundation Competition first prize, the Van Cliburn Piano Award at Interlochen Center for the Arts and other awards, Huang was chosen to be featured as the China Institute in America's New York Solo Debut Artist at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York and Colorado Councils of the Arts and the California Meet the Composer Series. In 2008, Huang served as a Fulbright Scholar in Music and American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University[6] in Budapest, Hungary. He was selected to be on the 2012-2017 Fulbright Specialist roster, a program that serves over 140 countries worldwide.

Other honors include selection as an NEH Scholar for the last international National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, "Arts, Architecture and Devotional Interaction in England, 1200-1600", York UK; a National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship "Bridging Cultures"; a Mellon Foundation Inter-Institutional Travel Grant to Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, PRC (Vassar, Middlebury, Denison and Scripps Colleges); and a James Irvine Foundation Diversity in the Curriculum Development Grant. Dr. Huang was an American Council on Education Fellow, recipient of the ACE Council of Fellows Fund for the Future grant and the Fidelity Investments Leadership Development institutional grant.

Selected publications[edit]

Higher Education[edit]

Piano Pedagogy[edit]

  • "Making Transcultural Connections through Teaching Piano in China" (co-author Tatiana Thibodeaux), Piano Journal, European Piano Teachers Association, Issue 113, 2017
  • “What We Learned About Music in China: Teaching Piano Lessons in the PRC” (co-author Tatiana Thibodeaux), American Music Teacher, journal of the Music Teachers National Association, June/July 2017
  • “Perspectives on Body Posture for Pianists” (co-author Tatiana Thibodeaux), Проблемы Постановки Пианистического Аппарата, Collection: Arts Education: Problems and Perspectives, Художественное Образование: Проблемы и Перспективы Развития.;УМЦ УПИ with Ural State Pedagogical University, Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2014
  • Featured in article, "On Practicing", The Washington Post, March 19, 1996
  • Internet Web Page feature, PEP Distinguished Artist/Educator Interview, October 1995[4]


  • Book chapter, "The Oekuu Shadeh of Ohkay Owingeh" in Voices from Four Directions, Brian Swann, ed. (University of Nebraska Press), 2004
  • "Rattling the Gourd at Ohkay Owingeh: Music Lessons with Peter Garcia Sr. at San Juan Pueblo", College Music Symposium, Vol. 41, 2001 [8]
  • "The 1992 Turtle Dance (Oekuu Shadeh) of San Juan Pueblo: Lessons with the Composer, Peter Garcia", American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 21, No. 4 (UCLA American Indian Studies Center), 1998

Popular Music[edit]

  • “She Sang as She Spoke: Billie Holiday and Aspects of Speech Intonation and Diction”, (co-author Rachel V. Huang) Jazz Perspectives, UK, vol. 7, issue 2 (Taylor & Francis) DOI: 10.1080/17494060.2014.903055, 2014 [9]
  • "Voices from Chinese Rock, Past and Present Tense: Social Commentary and Construction of Identity in Yaogun Yinyue from Tiananmen to the Present," Popular Music and Society, vol. 26, nr. 2 (Routledge Press), 2003 [10]
  • "Yaogun Yinyue: rethinking mainland Chinese rock 'n' roll", Popular Music, Vol. 20, Nr. 1 (Cambridge University Press), 2001 [11]
  • "Towards an Understanding of Rhythmic Expressivity: Billie Holiday's Rubato", co-author Dr. Rachel Vetter Huang, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, Vol. 7 (Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University), 1994–95

General Music Studies[edit]

  • Review of HH article: “From Confucius to Chopin”, The Wilson Quarterly, Washington D.C., Spring 2012 [12]
  • "Why Chinese People Play Western Classical Music: Transcultural Roots of Music Philosophy”, International Journal of Music Education, Vol 30, No. 2 (ISME), 2011 [13]
  • "Music Appreciation Courses: a Multicultural Approach", tr. Greek Society for Music Education Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1998
  • Entries (C. Arrau, V. Ashkenazy, S. Barber, E. Carter, Billie Holiday, V. Horowitz, "Bud" Powell, Arthur Rubinstein, Artur Schnabel), in Encyclopedia of Music in the Twentieth Century, M.E. Sharpe, London, 1998


  • "Speaking with Spirits: The 'Ntoo Xeeb' Hmong New Year Ceremony", Asian Folklore Studies, vol. 63, nr. 1 (Nanzan University Press, Nagoya, Japan), 2004

American Studies[edit]

  • "Enter the Blues: Jazz Poems by Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown", Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (University of Debrecen, Debrecen), 2011 [14]


  • “Jazzlines: Drawing relationships between American poetry, jazz and gospel music”, TOPOS, Bilingual Journal of Space and Humanities (Pannon Eygetem, Veszprem), I /2013 [15]
  • “The Harlem Renaissance and the ‘American Dream’”, Humanities International, vol. 3 (Xiamen University Press), 2012


  • THE GOLD COAST TRIO "live at Mondavi Center" (Agnelli CD-2) 2006
  • THE MEI DUO, American Romantics (VSA CD-2000-1) 2001


  1. ^ "Academic Departments, Courses of Study, and Programs".
  2. ^ "Olympic Studies" (PDF).
  3. ^ "The Gold Coast Trio".
  4. ^ a b "The Piano Education Page - Artist/Educator Archive Interview - Dr. Hao Huang".
  5. ^ "The 'Lost' Opera of Jazzman Johnson, Poet Hughes". NPR.org. 3 December 2002.
  6. ^ http://www.fulbright.hu/doc/us0708.doc
  7. ^ "The Chronicle of Higher Education". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2011-08-18.
  8. ^ "College Music Symposium".
  9. ^ Huang, Hao; Huang, Rachel (2013). "Jazz Perspectives, UK". Jazz Perspectives. 7 (3): 287–302. doi:10.1080/17494060.2014.903055.
  10. ^ Huang, Hao (2003). "Popular Music and Society". Popular Music and Society. 26 (2): 183–202. doi:10.1080/0300776032000095512.
  11. ^ Huang, HAO (2001). "Popular Music". Popular Music. 20. doi:10.1017/S0261143001001271.
  12. ^ "The Wilson Quarterly".
  13. ^ Huang, Hao (2012). "International Journal of Music Education" (PDF). International Journal of Music Education. 30 (2): 161–176. doi:10.1177/0255761411420955.
  14. ^ "Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies". Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (Hjeas). 17 (2): 461–466. 2011. JSTOR 43487844.
  15. ^ "TOPOS, Bilingual Journal of Space and Humanities".

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