Hao Huang (pianist)

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Hao Huang
Hao Huang, professor and pianist (2014)

(Tseng) Hao Huang (黄俊豪) is a Hakka Chinese American concert pianist, published scholar, narrator, playwright, composer and the Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music at Scripps College.

Huang has performed in over two dozen countries overseas and authored or co-authored approximately four dozen journal articles and book chapters on topics in classical music, popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, American Studies and Humanities.


Awarded the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship at Harvard College at Harvard University,[1] Huang 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.[2] Huang finished his academic studies as a Graduate Council Fellow at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance degree under the guidance of Charles Rosen and Gilbert Kalish.[3]


Huang is the Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music at Scripps College.[4] As a four-time United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador [5] to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, he was a featured performer at the George Enescu Festival and the Barcelona Cultural Olympiad.[6] Huang has appeared as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician with the Mei Duo and the Gold Coast Trio in the U.K., Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania, China, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Belize, Brazil and other nations. He has been featured on television and radio broadcasts both in the USA and abroad, and on an Artist/Educator interview on The Piano Education Page.[7]

Huang's essay "The Parable of the Grasshoppers" was honored as American Music Teacher's 1995 Article of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.[8] Other scholarly articles have been published in refereed journals in Hungary, Russia, UK, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, the PRC and the USA. His scholarly work has been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post and National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”

In 2021, Huang initiated and narrated the nationally acclaimed podcast (authored and produced by Micah Huang) about the 1871 LA Chinatown massacre, "Blood on Gold Mountain,"[9] that reached #23 in the USA in the history category of Apple Podcasts. The podcast was featured on National Public Radio, KPBS Public Media, the Washington Post,[10] Spectrum News 1, the digital media outlet NowThis News and others. In fall 2022, his podcast play, "坚持 Jianchi/Perseverance," registered over half a million hits on Baidu in the PRC.[11]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1998, Huang was selected as an NEH Scholar for the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Seminar, “National Identity in China: the New Politics of Culture”, East–West Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa.[12] Huang served as a 2008 Fulbright Scholar in American Studies and Music at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.[13] In 2011, Huang was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship for his teaching project, “Bridging Cultures”, one of 9 awarded nationally from 218 applications.[14] Selected as an American Council on Education Fellow in 2012 sponsored by the ACE Council of Fellows Fund for the Future,[15] Huang participated as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar in the last international NEH seminar "Arts, Architecture and Devotional Interaction in England, 1200–1600", York UK in 2014.[16]

In 2019, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)[17] program awarded funds to Huang in partnership with the Chinese American Museum of LA, as creative producer of a multimedia performance event in Pico House about the LA Chinatown Massacre, one of the worst race lynchings that ever took place on the West Coast. In 2021, in collaboration with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Huang was presented with the UCLA Chancellor’s Arts’ Initiative Award[18] as executive producer of the “Chinatown Elegy” transarts/educational event that commemorated the 150th anniversary of the 1871 LA Chinatown Massacre at El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument. It was attended by US Representative Judy Chu, UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block and others. In early 2022, under the aegis of Scripps College, Huang was Project Director of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts three-part interarts performance event, American Dreams – Asian Nightmares, that explored the rich and often bittersweet history of Asian Americans in California.[19] In Spring 2022, as a playwright and poet, Hao Huang was one of three authors selected for a 2022 California Writers Residency at Yefe Nof[20] near Lake Arrowhead, California; later in summer 2022, he was an artist-in-residence as a composer at La Macina di San Cresci [21] in Greve in Chianti, Italy. In fall 2022, Huang was selected as a Scripps Racial Justice and Equity Fellow,[22] for a research project on histories of anti-Chinese violence in California, at the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.


  1. ^ "Harvard alumnus listing".
  2. ^ "Juilliard alumnus listing" (PDF).
  3. ^ "SUNY at StonyBrook alumni website".
  4. ^ "Faculty Profile | Scripps College in Claremont, California". Scrippscollege.edu.
  5. ^ "Federal agency picks Converse teacher for tour". Goupstate.com.
  6. ^ "Cultural Olympiad". www.barcelonaolimpica.net.
  7. ^ "The Piano Education Page – Artist/Educator Archive Interview – Dr. Hao Huang". Pianoeducation.org.
  8. ^ "AMT Article of the Year". Mtna.org.
  9. ^ "Blood on Gold Mountain". Captivate.fm. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  10. ^ "One of the bloodiest massacres". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  11. ^ "坚持 Jianchi/Perseverance, 中国生物多样性保护与绿色发展基金会". mbd.baidu.com. Retrieved 18 November 2022.
  12. ^ "1998 NEH Summer Seminar awards" (PDF). NEH.gov.
  13. ^ "Tseng-Hao Huang | Fulbright Scholar Program". Fulbrightscholars.org.
  14. ^ "NEH "Bridging Cultures"". www.neh.gov.
  15. ^ "2012 ACE Fellow announcement". issuu.com. 15 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Call for Participants: Summer School: Arts, Architecture and Devotional Interaction in England 1200–1600 (York 2014)". Medievalartresearch.com. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Our DNA". Wkkf.org. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Chancellor's Arts Initiative Grant Program | Research & Creative Activities". 3.research.ucla.edu. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  19. ^ "National Endowment for the Arts Grant Announcement for FY 2022" (PDF). Arts.gov. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  20. ^ "Yefe Nof California Writing Residency". www.resartis.org. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Artist Residency at La Macina di San Cresci". www.resartis.org. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  22. ^ "2022 Scripps College Racial Justice and Equity Faculty Fellow". www.scrippscollege.edu. 11 April 2023.

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