Recipient of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chinese-American pianist Chu-Fang Huang has won enthusiastic responses from both audiences and critics alike in extensive orchestral and recital appearances in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2005 Ms. Huang was named a finalist in the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. and subsequently became the first Chinese pianist to win First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Later that year, Ms. Huang won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and was awarded the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair of YCA, 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, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, and in other major venues throughout the U.S. in 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 at the Ruhr Festival in Germany, the Chopin Festival in Poland, Louvre Museum in France, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Suntory Hall in Japan, Beijing Zhong-Shan Music Hall, Fujian National Auditorium, and Liao-ning Grand Opera House in China.
Ms. Huang began her early studies at the Shenyang Music Conservatory. She immigrated to the US at fifteen and 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 the Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, as a pupil of Robert McDonald.
Ms. Huang currently resides in New York City when not traveling and serves as the artistic director of the Ameri-China International Music Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to bridging the musical cultures of the US and China. Her dedication to this purpose has been widely acknowledged by the music industry as well as national officials. Ms. Huang was named as one of Ten Outstanding Chinese Americans alongside Yao Ming and Wendi Deng, and has been invited to give performances and lectures at both the Embassy of China in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.