When Frank Huang starts as Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic in September, if he looks more cool and relaxed than you expect, it may be that his tuxedo shirt stretches and breathes like an Under Armour athletic shirt.
(It may also be that he’s a pretty cool and relaxed guy, especially for such an exceptional talent and technician.)
Huang was featured in a piece in yesterday’s New York Times about Coregami, a new company that offers a men’s tuxedo shirt designed for orchestra musicians (above, at left).
The company was founded by Kevin Yu, a Texas businessman/violinist. Huang, who comes to the Philharmonic from the Houston Symphony, was one of the friends and colleagues to whom Yu gave a prototype.
“Huang said that playing the violin could be an ‘athletic endeavor,’” the article said, “and that it had been good to test out a shirt that had been designed for flexibility and comfort. ‘You can move around as a musician,’ said Mr. Huang.”
See Huang in action when he performs his first solo turn, in R. Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, Sept. 25–26!