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Hsin-Yun Huang to Join Curtis Viola Faculty

Prominent soloist and chamber musician is a 1992 Curtis alumna

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(April 26, 2011) The Curtis Institute of Music announces the appointment of Hsin-Yun Huang to its viola faculty, beginning with the 2011-12 school year. A Curtis alumna who is recognized as one of the leading violists of her generation, Ms. Huang is a respected soloist and chamber musician who performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

"We're delighted to welcome Hsin-Yun Huang to teach at Curtis," said Curtis President Roberto Díaz. "As a fellow violist, I have long admired her artistry, and she will be a distinguished addition to our viola department."

"It is a privilege for me to return to a school that has given me so much in my musical life," said Ms. Huang. "As a student I experienced Curtis's unique learning atmosphere, not only between teachers and students but among peers. I'm looking forward to working with Curtis's gifted young musicians and am sure they will inspire me as a teacher."

The youngest ever gold medalist of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Ms. Huang came to international prominence in 1993 after winning the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award. She was a member of the Borromeo String Quartet from 1994 to 2000, performing in such prominent venues as New York City's Alice Tully Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie, and Casals Hall in Japan. Ms. Huang recently founded the Variation String Trio with violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Wilhelmina Smith. "Ms. Huang's experience in chamber music and solo repertoire is broad and deep," noted Curtis Vice President and Dean John Mangan. "Our students will benefit greatly from her many gifts."

Curtis's viola faculty is celebrated and its curriculum for young violists is unique. All violists study with one or two major teachers, and all have additional access to every member of the viola faculty, allowing them to coach with specialists in solo, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire. Ms. Huang joins current faculty members Misha Amory, the violist of the Brentano String Quartet; Joseph DePasquale, former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Roberto Díaz, Curtis's president, also a former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and an active concert soloist; and Michael Tree, founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet.

Hsin-Yun Huang has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Bell, Joseph Suk, and Menahem Pressler. Recent collaborations include performances with the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, Brentano, and St. Lawrence string quartets. She has performed at prominent music festivals throughout the world, including the Spoleto Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Marlboro Music Festival, Aspen Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Prague Spring Festival (Prague), Rome Chamber Music Festival, Cartagena International Festival, Stavanger Festival, and Moritzburg Festival.

As a concerto soloist, Ms. Huang has performed with the City of London Sinfonia, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, Russian State Philharmonic, and National Symphony of Taiwan.

Ms. Huang has championed new works featuring the viola. In 2006 she premiered Shih-Hui Chen's Shu Shon Key (Remembrance) with the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble at An Appalachian Summer Festival in North Carolina. In 2007 she premiered a new work by Steven Mackey for solo viola and chamber ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival. She recently performed Marc-André Dalbavie's Viola Concerto at Miller Theatre in New York City and George Benjamin's Viola Viola with violist Misha Amory for Carnegie Hall's Making Music series at Zankel Hall.

Ms. Huang studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with David Takeno; at the Curtis Institute of Music with Michael Tree; and at the Juilliard School with Samuel Rhodes. Currently residing in New York City, she is a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music. Learn more.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 164 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

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