“Paul Huang possesses a big, luscious tone, spot-on intonation and a
technique that makes the most punishing string phrases feel as natural as breathing.”
— Washington Post
“Danbi Um’s playing is utterly dazzling…a marvelous show of
— The Strad
“Amy Yang is a jaw-dropping pianist”
— Washington Post
Recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, Paul Huang is considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. Following his recital debut at Kennedy Center, The Washington Post proclaimed him as "an artist with the goods for a significant career." Recent highlights have included an acclaimed debut at Bravo!Vail Music Festival stepping in for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Detroit Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, (replacing Midori), Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic, and recital debuts at the Lucerne and Aspen festivals. In 2021, he became the first classical violinist to perform his own arrangement of the National Anthem for the opening game of the NFL in Charlotte, North Carolina for an audience of 75,000.
This season, Mr. Huang opens the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan’s 2022-23 season and makes debuts with the Hiroshima Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, among many others. This season will also include a recital debut at Alice Tully Hall with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, and appearances at Washington Performing Arts, Wolf Trap, Rockefeller University, the Society of Four Arts, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music San Francisco. In January 2023, Mr. Huang launched "Paul Huang & Friends International Chamber Music Festival" in Taiwan.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began playing the violin at age seven. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and plays the legendary 1742 “ex-Wieniawski” Guarneri del Gesù on extended loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. He is on the faculty of Taipei National University of the Arts, and resides in New York.
Praised by The Strad as an “utterly dazzling” artist, with “a marvelous show of superb technique” and “mesmerizing grace” (New York Classical Review), Danbi Um captivates audiences with her virtuosity, individual sound, and interpretive sensitivity. A Menuhin International Violin Competition Silver Medalist, she was also awarded the prestigious 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and was a recent top prizewinner of the Naumburg Competition.
Ms. Um is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), and in 2018 she made her New York recital debut under its auspices. Recent and upcoming engagements include solo appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a national tour with CMS, The Cliburn in Fort Worth, and such well-regarded series as Wolf Trap, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, Parlance Chamber Series, and Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concerts. Notable festival engagements have included Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Moab, Seattle, Caramoor, the Moritzburg Festival in Dresden, Germany and Caramoor and Music@Menlo. Ms. Um’s chamber music partners have included Anthony Marwood, Vadim Gluzman, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin, Jan Vogler, David Shifrin, and Gilbert Kalish.
Born in 1990 in Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Um began violin lessons at the age of three. In 2000 she began her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. Her teachers have included Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, and Hagai Shaham. Ms. Um plays a 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati violin, on loan from a private collection.
Praised by the Washington Post as a “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse,” pianist Amy Yang balances an active career as soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Among Ms. Yang’s numerous collaborators are Yefim Bronfman, Roberto Díaz, Miriam Fried, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Anne-Marie McDermott, Tito Muñoz, and Joseph Silverstein; the St. Paul and Mahler chamber orchestras; Third Coast Percussion; A Far Cry; members of the Guarneri String Quartet; and the Dover, Jasper, and Aizuri string quartets. This season, Ms.Yang will make her debut playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in April 2023. Ms. Yang’s discography includes a debut solo album (MSR Classics); recordings with violinists Tessa Lark (First Hand Records) and Itamar Zorman (BIS Records) and clarinetist José Franch-Ballester (iTinerant Records); and a live recording of music by Michael Hersch, performed at the Aldebergh Festival (New Focus Records).
Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music, and is the Associate Dean of Piano Studies and Artistic Initiatives at the Curtis Institute of Music, having joined the Curtis faculty in 2011.
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