Joseph Haydn (1732~1809)
Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI/50
Sonata in E Major, Hob.XVI/31
Frédéric Chopin (1810~1849)
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 35
Ballade No.1 in G Minor, op. 23
Chu-Fang Huang, piano
Recipient of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chinese-American pianist
Chu-Fang Huang has won enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics alike in extensive orchestral and recital appearances throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Immediately after being named a finalist in the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, Ms. Huang won First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Besides being its first Chinese winner, Ms. Huang also swept every special prize the competition offered: “Best Performance of Beethoven’s Work,” “Best Performance of Chopin’s work,” and “Audience’s Favorite Award.” In the same year, Ms. Huang won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and was awarded the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Embassy Series Prize, the Lied Center of Kansas Prize, the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair of Young Concert Artists, and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists.
Since her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2005, Ms. Huang has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Kravis Center in Palm Beach, and major cities throughout the U.S. including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Fort Worth, Miami, San Francisco, and Cambridge. In Europe, she has been re-engaged three times at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as the Klavier Festival in Germany and the Chopin Festival in Amsterdam. She has also performed at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Suntory Hall in Japan, and the Beijing Zhongshan Park Music Hall, Fujian National Auditorium, and Liaoning Grand Theatre in China.
Ms. Huang began studying piano at the age of seven and received a full scholarship to study at the Shenyang Music Conservatory’s pre-college division at the age of twelve. Upon immigrating to the States at fifteen, Ms. Huang made her U.S. recital debut at the La Jolla Music Society’s Prodigy Series. After earning her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank and Gary Graffman, she received her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Ameri-China International Music Foundation and is devoted to bringing closer the musical cultures of the two great nations. Her dedication has been widely acknowledged by the industry as well as national officials. Ms. Huang was named one of Ten Outstanding Chinese Americans alongside Yao Ming and Wendi Deng, and was invited to give performances and lectures at both the Embassy of China in Washington, DC and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Ms. Huang currently resides in New York City.