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Frank Huang To Receive Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award

Concertmaster Frank Huang will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where he earned his bachelor of music degree in 2002 studying with Donald Weilerstein. The award honors alumni who have attained the highest stature in their field. He will address the Class of 2018, students, and community members at Honors Convocation, which will take place on Friday, May 18 at 4:00 PM. It will be livestreamed.

“We are so pleased to recognize Frank Huang with the Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Paul W. Hogle, President & CEO of CIM. “He is an incredibly accomplished violinist who exemplifies the dedication to chamber music and orchestral performance for which so many of CIM’s graduates are known. I look forward to his remarks at Honors Convocation, where he’ll share his advice and perspective.”

(Photo: Chris Lee)

VIDEO: Concertmaster Frank Huang Plays Mozart’s Turkish Concerto at Bravo! Vail

The New York Philharmonic has arrived in scenic Vail, Colorado, for its 15th annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail, celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer. A highlight of the residency so far: Concertmaster Frank Huang in his Bravo! Vail concerto debut, joining the Orchestra and Music Director Alan Gilbert in this rollicking Rondeau from Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish.

Concertmaster Frank Huang Receives Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award


Concertmaster Frank Huang has been named a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artists Award, which recognizes extraordinary talent around the campus. Frank, nominated by the New York Philharmonic, joins an illustrious list of Lincoln Center talent that will be honored at an awards presentation hosted by Sigourney Weaver on March 1 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. More information is available at
In 2016, the inaugural year of these awards, composer Julia Adolphe was the winner nominated by the Philharmonic. 

Hear Frank play at Alan Gilbert's 50th Birthday concert (February 23) and, as part of the New York Philharmonic String QuartetAbsolute Jest — A Celebration of John Adams (March 9–11).

Congratulations, Frank!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

On the Cover: Concertmaster Frank Huang

“It’s not every day that you get to take a selfie with Oprah.”

Concertmaster Frank Huang, October’s On the Cover musician, is recalling highlights from last season, his first in the chair. Another was the very next night, when he mastered R. Strauss’s daunting solos in Ein Heldenleben. The most meaningful? Having his family in the audience. It was the culmination of years of dedication — and the start of a new chapter.

Watch Frank reflect on his experience with the New York Philharmonic in the video above. Later this month, we’ll check in with Frank as he prepares for his solo performances of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, October 27–November 1, and as he navigates life with a brand-new baby girl.

Catch it all on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The second season of On the Cover will focus on six Philharmonic musicians who are ready for their close-ups. Next month it’s Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps as she prepares for the New York Premiere of Julia Adolphe’s viola concerto, Unearth, Release, conducted by incoming Music Director Jaap van Zweden.

Learn more about Concertmaster Frank Huang.

SLIDESHOW: 174th Season Opening Gala Concert

Last night not only marked the New York Philharmonic’s 174th season opening — it also unveiled David Geffen Hall, the new name of the Orchestra’s Lincoln Center home; marked the inaugural appearance of Frank Huang as Philharmonic Concertmaster; and celebrated a historic gift from Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and his wife, Didi. Oprah Winfrey, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters, Woody Allen, George Lucas, Patricia Clarkson, Diane Sawyer, and Alec Baldwin were among the friends and supporters who gathered for the unveiling ceremony plus the Opening Gala cocktail reception, glamorous dinner, and the concert itself — featuring Music Director Alan Gilbert leading the Orchestra in Beethoven and Grieg with pianist Lang Lang as soloist. The Empire State Building shone Philharmonic red in celebration of the new season. Relive the star-studded night!

New Concertmaster Frank Huang 'Takes Starch Out of Orchestra Attire' in N.Y. Times

Frank Huang New York Philharmonic

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!

Frank Huang Appointed Concertmaster of New York Philharmonic Beginning September 2015

Frank Huang New York Philharmonic

We are very excited to report that Frank Huang has been appointed Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, of the New York Philharmonic, beginning with the Opening Gala Concert of the 2015–16 season, September 24, 2015. 

Mr. Huang follows Glenn Dicterow, who stepped down from his position at the end of the 2013–14 season after 34 seasons.

“More than any other musician, the concertmaster shapes the persona of an orchestra, and in Frank Huang we have found just the right mix of virtuosity, flair, musicality, and collegiality,” said Music Director Alan Gilbert. “After our very comprehensive search, during which we heard many strong candidates, the musicians of the search committee and I unanimously agreed that Frank would both fit right in to the New York Philharmonic and push it to even greater heights. I am thrilled and proud to be announcing this most important appointment.”

Currently concertmaster of the Houston Symphony, Mr. Huang recently played with the Philharmonic as guest concertmaster in three programs conducted by Alan Gilbert: in October 2014, including works by Bartók, Bruckner, and Mozart; and in the Verdi Requiem in January 2015 (see photo above). Mr. Huang is also an accomplished chamber musician, and serves on the faculty at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Houston.

“I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to hold this position once occupied by such giants of the orchestral world as Glenn Dicterow and John Corigliano, Sr.” said Huang. “It is a privilege to join this ensemble of incredibly talented musicians, and my deepest appreciation goes out to Alan Gilbert and the members of the Philharmonic for their belief in me. I look forward to returning to New York City and to making music with the great New York Philharmonic.”

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Just Announced: Frank Huang Concertmaster Solos, A John Williams Celebration, and More 2015–16 Season Updates

Frank Huang New York Philharmonic

The 2015–16 season just got more exciting. Today we announced updates to the season since it was announced in January. Just a few highlights:

See you next season!

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