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Six Questions: Hilda Huang, Pianist

Get To Know the Festival's 2018 Fellows
July 28, 2018

Pianist HILDA HUANG came to international attention after being awarded first prize in the 2014 Leipzig International Bach Competition. Her performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and more recently Ludwig van Beethoven have been hailed for plumbing “philosophical depths” (West-Allgemeine Zeitung) and for possessing an “alluring extroversion” (New York Concert Review). Huang studies with Melvin Chen at the Yale School of Music where she now pursues an MM. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 2017, receiving a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with distinction and the Wrexham and Sharp prizes from the department of music. | Sponsored By John Garrels And Anne Garrels

What is a favorite non-musical activity / what do you enjoy doing on your down time?

I like reading, writing and hanging out with my friends and doing various sporting activities!

What are the first 5 items on your playlist?

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Kanye West: Ultralight Beam

The Fray: Happiness

Kendrick Lamar: HUMBLE

Bach: Mass in b minor

What book are you currently reading?

Truth and Method by Hans Georg Gadamer

Why did you choose your instrument?

My friend’s mom plays the piano and I thought it was cool!

Do you have any pre-concert traditions?

Before going on stage I like to be in silence and visualize what I am about to play.

If you could create and play in any chamber ensemble, whom would it include?

Anna Göckel playing Mozart and Frans Helmerson playing Beethoven!