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Hao Huang

Hao Huang (formal name Tseng-Hao H. Huang) is a concert pianist and Bessie and Cecil Frankel Chair in Music at Scripps College as well as being a polymath published scholar in general music, popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, American Studies and Humanities. He frequently performs and lectures in the U.S.A., China, Italy, Hungary, Austria, as well as other countries.


Hao Huang was born in 1957 in Jersey City, New Jersey. At age six, he began piano studies with his mother, Yi-Yin Tung Huang. Four years later, he was accepted into the studio of distinguished concert pianist, pedagogue and composer Seymour Bernstein in New York City, continuing until acceptance to Harvard College, Harvard University at age 17. Huang was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship at Harvard College during which time he studied with Leon Fleisher. Upon graduation with an AB cum laude in music, Huang won by audition the Frank Huntington Beebe grant for European Study. After returning to the States, he studied with Beveridge Webster at the Juilliard School, graduating with an M.M. in piano. Huang finished his academic studies as a Graduate Council Fellow at the Stony Brook University, with a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano under Charles Rosen and Gilbert Kalish.

Professional career

The Bessie and Cecil Frankel Chair in Music at Scripps College[1] and four-time United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador, Hao Huang has performed in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. A guest performer at the George Enescu Festival and the Barcelona Cultural Olympiad, he was also concerto soloist with the Timisoara "Banatul" Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Hungarica, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and others. Founder and first artistic director of the Animas Music Festival,[2] Durango, Colorado, Huang remains an active chamber musician with the Mei Duo and the Gold Coast Trio.[3] Prior to joining the music faculty at Scripps College, Huang taught on the faculties of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College and the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt", Weimar, Germany. He has been guest artist faculty at University of California, Davis, San Francisco State University, the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, the Regional Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at Veszprém Castle, Hungary, Xiamen University, People's Republic of China and others. He has appeared in numerous broadcasts on television and radio in concerts and interviews in the USA and abroad and was featured in an Artist/Educator interview on The Piano Education Page.[4]

Huang's article, "The Parable of the Grasshoppers",[5] was honored as American Music Teacher's 1995 Article of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association. Additional articles on piano pedagogy, Native American music, Chinese rock 'n' roll, Hmong shamanic practices and jazz music and poetry have been published in the College Music Symposium, Clavier Magazine, Music Teacher (London), Piano Journal (London, European Piano Teachers Association), American Indian Culture and Research Journal (UCLA), Popular Music (Cambridge University Press), Popular Music and Society (NIU, Routledge Press), Art and Academe (School of the Visual Arts, NYC), Asian Folklore Studies (Nanzan University, Japan), Humanities International (Xiamen University, PRC) and the Annual Review of Jazz Studies (Rutgers University). Huang was a contributing member of the international editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Music in the Twentieth Century, published by M.E. Sharpe (London) and has written a book chapter, "The Oekku-Shadeh of Ohkay Owingeh" in Voices from Four Directions (University of Nebraska Press). In recognition of his interdisciplinary scholarly work in jazz and literature, he was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about "The 'Lost' Opera of James P. Johnson and Langston Hughes".[6]

Awards and honors

Winner of the USIA David Bruce Smith National Competition, the Overman Foundation Competition first prize, the Van Cliburn Piano Award at Interlochen Center for the Arts and other awards, Huang also performed as the China Institute in America's New York Solo Debut Artist at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York and Colorado Councils of the Arts and the California Meet the Composer Series. Founder and original executive director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado, Huang also initiated the Belle Terre Chamber Players Summer Music Series at SUNY at StonyBrook. In 2008, Huang served as a Fulbright Scholar in Music and American Studies at Eötvös Lorand University[7] in Budapest, Hungary. Over the summers of 2007, 2008 and 2010, he led Scripps College music faculty delegations by invitation to the Arts College at Xiamen University, PRC. As director of the 2009 Scripps Presidential exchange visit to China, he acted as administrative liaison with Minzu University, Beijing University, Xiamen University and Fudan University.

A four-time Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award Winner for Outstanding Research, Creative Work and Performance, Huang has also been conferred an equal number of M.W. Johnson Faculty Awards for Outstanding Teaching at Scripps College. Other honors include the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship "Bridging Cultures",[8] an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Local Initiatives Grant for the Claremont Colleges Faculty College of Music, a Mellon Foundation Inter-Institutional Travel Grant to Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, a Mellon Foundation "Odyssey" grant, a James Irvine Foundation Diversity in the Curriculum Development Grant and an Irvine Foundation Faculty Research Grant for ethnomusicological fieldwork on Hmong traditional music in northern Thailand. Dr. Huang was a nationally chosen participant in the 2010–2011 Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). He was later selected by the American Council on Education to be a 2012-13 ACE Fellow, joining the nation's premier higher education leadership development program in preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.[9]

Selected Works and Publications

Piano Pedagogy

  • "Technical Exercises for Pianists", (co-author Shang Ying Tsai, CGU DMA student), Piano Journal (London, European Piano Teachers Association), 2010
  • "Posture at the Piano: Body Awareness for Pianists", tr. Greek Society for Music Education Journal, Vol. 20, 2010
  • Featured in article, "On Practicing", The Washington Post, March 19, 1996
  • "Different Types: Four Main Learning Styles Among Students", Music Teacher (London), January Vol. 75, 1996
  • "Adapting Lessons to Fit the Student", Clavier, Vol. 34, No. 9, 1995
  • Internet Web Articles, Piano Education Page --
    • THE TEACHING STUDIO: On Teaching Piano Technique, 1999[10]
    • TECHNIQUE MATTERS: Problems with Posture, 1999[11]
  • Internet Web Page feature, PEP Distinguished Artist/Educator Interview, October 1995 [12]


  • Book chapter, "The Oekuu Shadeh of Ohkay Owingeh" in Voices from Four Directions, Brian Swann, ed. (University of Nebraska Press), 2004
  • "Rattling the Gourd at Ohkay Owingeh: Music Lessons with Peter Garcia Sr. at San Juan Pueblo", College Music Symposium, Vol. 41, 2001
  • "The 1992 Turtle Dance (Oekuu Shadeh) of San Juan Pueblo: Lessons with the Composer, Peter Garcia", American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 21, No. 4 (UCLA American Indian Studies Center), 1998

Popular Music

  • "Voices from Chinese Rock, Past and Present Tense: Social Commentary and Construction of Identity in Yaogun Yinyue from Tiananmen to the Present," Popular Music and Society, vol. 26, nr. 2 (Routledge Press), 2003
  • "Yaogun Yinyue: rethinking mainland Chinese rock 'n' roll", Popular Music, Vol. 20, Nr. 1 (Cambridge University Press), 2001
  • "Towards an Understanding of Rhythmic Expressivity: Billie Holiday's Rubato", co-author Dr. Rachel Vetter Huang, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, Vol. 7 (Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University), 1994–95

General Music Studies

  • "Transcultural Aspects of Music: What Did Confucius Say?" American Music Teacher, Vol. 49, No. 5 (MTNA), 2000
  • "Music Appreciation Courses: a Multicultural Approach", tr. Greek Society for Music Education Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1998
  • Entries (C. Arrau, V. Ashkenazy, S. Barber, E. Carter, Billie Holiday, V. Horowitz, "Bud" Powell, Arthur Rubinstein, Artur Schnabel), in Encyclopedia of Music in the Twentieth Century, M.E. Sharpe, London, 1998
  • "New Strategies for Introduction to Music Courses: Cross-cultural and Cross-tradition Comparison and Examination", co-authored Dr. Rachel Vetter Huang, Art & Academe: A Journal in the Humanities and Sciences in the Education of Artists (School of the Visual Arts NYC), Vol. 9, No. 1, Fall 1997
  • Article, "Music Appreciation Courses: Broadening Perspectives", Music Educators Journal, Vol. 84, No. 2 (MENC), 1997
  • Article, "A Parable of the Grasshoppers: Lessons of Classical Greece", American Music Teacher (MTNA), Vol. 45, No. 1, 1995


  • "Speaking with Spirits: The 'Ntoo Xeeb' Hmong New Year Ceremony", Asian Folklore Studies, vol. 63, nr. 1 (Nanzan University Press, Nagoya, Japan), 2004

American Studies

  • "Enter the Blues: Jazz Poems by Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown", Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (University of Pannonia, Veszprém), 2011


  • "American Jazz Poetry and Music: From Langston Hughes's Urban Blues to Michael S. Harper's Praise Songs", Inaugural Spring issue of Humanities International, vol. 1 (Xiamen University Press), 2010


  • THE GOLD COAST TRIO "live at Mondavi Center" (Agnelli CD-2) 2006
  • THE MEI DUO "live", American Romantics (VSA CD-2000-1) 2001


  • Song cycle for countertenor and piano, Change of State, based on poems by David Lloyd, as culminating program of Songlines, A Wednesday Evening Series of Poetry and Music, part of the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Speaker Series at Scripps College., 2003


External links

  • Official website [1]
  • Dr. Hao Huang, Professor of Music [2]
  • Seymour Bernstein [3]
  • Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for European Study [4]
  • Scripps College website [5]
  • Classical Music Festival, Eisenstadt, Austria [6]
  • China Institute in America [7]
  • Eötvös Lorand University [8]
  • American Council on Education Fellows Program [9]
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